Councilmember Allan Domb sponsored resolution recognizing the President and CEO of Independence Health Group on his retirement, years of service
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia City Council today honored Dan Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Health Group, parent company of Independence Blue Cross, for his contributions to Philadelphia during his career. Councilmember Allan Domb (At Large) introduced the resolution recognizing Hilferty on his retirement and presented the city citation during a virtual ceremony joined by several councilmembers.
Over his nearly 25-year career with the company, Hilferty held numerous leadership positions at Independence and AmeriHealth Caritas prior to becoming the CEO in 2010. During his time leading the company, Independence has become a national health insurer serving 8.1 million people in 27 states as well as the District of Columbia, employing more than 11,000 people. Additionally, Hilferty collaborated with numerous Philadelphia health care institutions to accelerate the regional movement to value-based care models to drive improved outcomes, access, and cost. He also expanded the impact of Independence’s innovation and philanthropy activities, including a focus on addressing racial equity and health disparities in vulnerable communities.
“He [Dan] has helped make Philadelphia a national leader in the healthcare industry,” said Councilmember Domb. “Most recently, he has made sure Independence is supporting its members who are on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus and saving lives. He’s provided greater access to telemedicine, testing, support for preventative wellness visits and many other expanded treatment options.”
Under Hilferty’s leadership, Independence rose to the challenge of addressing the opioid epidemic head-on as Pennsylvania and the country reached a point of crisis by expanding access to treatment coverage and funding community organizations aimed at preventing substance use disorder and mitigating the effects of opioid use. He has also been a driving force behind countless civic initiatives that showcased the region, including high-profile events such as the 2015 Papal Visit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“We are grateful for his relentless leadership. His work has played a major role in making Philadelphia a better place to live and work,” said Councilmember Domb. “We congratulate him on his retirement as the President and CEO of Independence Health Group.”
“I have always believed that the only path to transforming health care is through innovative collaboration between the private and public sectors.” said Independence Health Group President and CEO, Dan Hilferty. “I am proud of the partnerships Independence has built with the business and civic communities, and grateful for this recognition from Philadelphia City Council.”
In 2017, Mr. Hilferty received the prestigious William Penn Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a businessperson in the Greater Philadelphia business community for their contributions to the region. He also served as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. He and his family have been recognized for their philanthropic contributions to Philadelphia’s Catholic organizations and other nonprofits.
Several councilmembers participated in the presentation, including Derek Green, Katherine Gilmore-Richardson, Cindy Bass, Bobby Henon, Helen Gym, David Oh, Brian O’Neill, Cherelle L. Parker and Maria Quiñones Sánchez.