Highmark Health Gives $5 Million to Frontline AHN Hospital Employees For Heroes Appreciation Program

About 12,000 workers will receive one-time payments.


Highmark Health has announced a $5 million program to help offset personal and family costs incurred by Allegheny Health Network employees as a result of COVID-19.

“We felt it was important to come through for them and to demonstrate our profound appreciation for their personal sacrifice, courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the people and communities we serve,” Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg says in a press release.

The Heroes Appreciation Program will benefit about 12,000 AHN frontline workers — made up of nurses, medical assistants, technicians, social workers, maintenance staff, environmental services workers and dietary service workers. The amount employees receive varies based on the hours they worked during the March and April time period. The bonuses range between $100 and $500.

“No matter what has been asked of them, and no matter the personal cost, they’ve routinely answered the call to keep our patients safe and provide them with the exceptional care and comfort they have needed,” says Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN president and CEO. “They are indeed the ‘heroes’ of this story.”

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