BROOKLYN, NY (August 31, 2011)—Thanks to EmblemHealth, New York Mets catchers Ronny Paulino and Mike Nickeas visited Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, to read to young patients.
Mr. Met looked on as Mr. Paulino, Mr. Nickeas and Denise Shearer, EmblemHealth special events manager, read to patients in the pediatric playroom at Maimonides and gave away teddy bears provided by EmblemHealth.
(left) EmblemHealth special events manager Denise Shearer reads Hello Mr. Met by baseball legend Rusty Staub to young patients at Maimonides Medical Center as New York Mets catcher Ronny Paulino looks on. (right) Patient cuddles with an EmblemHealth teddy bear. EmblemHealth distributed 40 bears to young patients during the visit to Maimonides Medical Center. Photos by Marc S. Levine/New York Mets.
Mr. Paulino, Mr. Nickeas and Mr. Met also posed for photos with the children and signed autographs. Afterwards, they made bedside visits to children who were not able to come to the playroom. “This is part of EmblemHealth’s ongoing commitment to create fun moments that make special memories for children facing challenges,” said Frank J. Branchini, President and COO of EmblemHealth. “We are delighted to be able to bring Mr. Paulino, Mr. Nickeas and Mr. Met to meet the children at Maimonides Medical Center. We wish them good health and a speedy recovery.”
EmblemHealth special events manager Denise Shearer (right) with New York Mets catchers Ronny Paulino (left) and Mike Nickeas and Mr. Met with staff and patients at Maimonides Medical Center. Photo by Marc S. Levine/New York Mets
For many years, EmblemHealth, which provides health care coverage through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York, has partnered with the New York Mets to recognize, honor and bring special moments to deserving individuals. The program is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to encourage health and fitness in the communities it serves.
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 2.9 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. Our plans offer a choice of networks, including access to: quality doctors and other health care professionals in convenient locations throughout the region; the leading acute care hospitals across the tri-state region; and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states.