Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 7, 2005–Blue Cross of California (Blue Cross) today announced that Josh Valdez, senior vice president of Health Care Management for Blue Cross, has been named “Man of the Year” by Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games Los Angeles. At a luncheon event held today at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Danny Hernandez, President of the Hollenbeck Youth Center and Inner-City Games Los Angeles, formally presented Valdez with this prestigious annual recognition for being a positive role model in the community and supporting disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
Valdez has championed the Hollenbeck Youth Center/Inner-City Games (Hollenbeck Youth Center) with personal time and resources over the years, participating in many major events that impact the local Hispanic community. As a youth, Valdez was raised in the inner-city of Detroit, Michigan. His father moved to East Los Angeles where Valdez became a part of the culture and community unique to that neighborhood.
“Josh championed our mission to Blue Cross which led to the generous financial and resource support of the Blue Cross of California Foundation. Through the support of our generous sponsors, we are able to continue the development of outreach programs that address social, health and other issues that impact the youth population in our communities,” said Danny Hernandez, President, Hollenbeck Youth Center and Founder of Inner-City Games.
To be considered for this prestigious honor, the Man of the Year is nominated by a member of the Hollenbeck Youth Center’s Board of Directors. “I am humbled and grateful for this award. The people of East Los Angeles have a special place in my heart and always will,”
Giving back is a common trait for Valdez. He began his health care career in the United States Air Force where he served for eight years as a health care administrator. He then worked in many hospitals and clinics in Texas, Germany and California while in the Air Force. He is also a Veteran of Desert Storm. Valdez is fluent in Spanish and has spent considerable time working on border health and health care issues with underserved and ethnic communities.
“We are proud of Josh and his accomplishments since he joined the company. This recognition is well deserved and I am pleased, along with our California associates, to congratulate him and see him be honored with this achievement,” said David Helwig, president and CEO of Blue Cross.
In his current role, Valdez is responsible for overseeing a statewide network of more than 400 hospitals and 45,000 physicians contracted with Blue Cross to provide clinical and health services to the health plan’s 7.6 million members.
Since 1972, the Hollenbeck Police Business Council, (a.k.a., the Hollenbeck Youth Center), and the Inner-City Games Los Angeles, have provided safe and quality after-school recreational, educational and entrepreneurial programs. The partnership has given thousands of at-risk youth an opportunity to become productive members of society. Through its partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division, Inner-City Games is an example of how community involvement can deter at-risk kids from gangs and violence.
Blue Cross of California is one of the state’s largest health insurers and together with its California affiliates the company serves more than 7.6 million medical members. Headquartered in Southern California, Blue Cross of California offers a flexible product portfolio with a broad range of options for small, medium and large groups, as well as individual plans for people without access to group coverage, seniors and consumers who are eligible for state sponsored programs. Blue Cross of California is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Association and can be found on the web at http://www.bluecrossca.com.
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Michael Chee, (805) 557-6791