Priority Health hosted a grand opening event with community leader L. Brooks Patterson and Mayor Brenda Lawrence to commemorate its new office in Oakland County on Thursday. The event also featured Dr. Lynda Wood, superintendent for Southfield Public Schools, who accepted a $10,000 donation.
“Priority Health entered the southeast Michigan market nearly 10 years ago and we have grown considerably in that time,” said Michael P. Freed, president and CEO for Priority Health. “With our new office, we are renewing our commitment to serve Southeast Michigan while ensuring our neighbors have access to excellent and affordable health care.”
Priority Health moved its former Farmington Hills offices and its 120 employees into The American Center in Southfield. The office move is part of Priority Health’s growth plan, investing $2 million in Oakland County and adding 30 to 50 jobs to the region in the next two years. In addition to offices for employees, The American Center also houses a Priority Health information center where members and the general public can interact face-to-face with insurance experts.
To celebrate its new home in Southfield, Priority Health made a $10,000 donation to the Southfield Public Schools to support its health and wellness programs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 17 percent of high school students meet the physical activity recommendations but physical activity may positively influence academic performance. This donation will help fund programs and equipment necessary to expand such programs.
“We are truly grateful for Priority Health’s support of Southfield Public Schools. Their generous donation will help promote activities that encourage healthy habits and lifestyles for our students,” said Dr. Lynda Wood, superintendent, Southfield Public Schools.
“Priority Health is committed to improving the health and lives of its members and this donation will support a similar mission in the Southfield Public Schools,” said Freed.
The new office space and school district donation is just a portion of Priority Health’s investment in the area. The health plan continues to expand its health plan options, programs and provider network statewide to best meet member and consumer needs.
About Priority Health:
Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives its members. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs, and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide with wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization that also rated its plans among the best health plans in the nation. Priority Health was also named the benchmark plan, by the State of Michigan, for all individual and group plans to model.