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MedBen Employees Honored for Benchmark Anniversaries


  09:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 477 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

MedBen Employees Honored for Benchmark Anniversaries

At an employee appreciation luncheon on Friday, September 9, MedBen honored employees who have reached anniversary benchmarks in 2016. The recognition presentation was co-hosted by MedBen President & COO Kurt Harden and Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker. Harden is also among the employees who are celebrating their 25th year with the company.

25th anniversary

Harden joined MedBen as Director of Public Affairs in 1991, when the company was primarily a mutual life insurer with a small workforce and an up-and-coming third party administration division. At the luncheon, he thanked everyone for their continued service and singled out those employees also celebrating benchmark anniversaries. "Your loyalty and good work motivate me, and together we all make MedBen a success," he said.

Also receiving special congratulations at the luncheon on their 25th Anniversary were: Sheri Gutridge, Senior Accountant; Monica Jackson, Claims Examiner III; and Cathy Valentine, Data Prep and Data Entry Manager.

  • Sheri Gutridge has been a member of the MedBen Accounting Department from her very first day, starting as a Staff Accountant following a short stint as a temp. "I have never considered going to another department," she said after the event.

    A regular at the lunchtime exercise classes offered by MedBen, Gutridge said that she appreciates how the company "strives to promote wellness." As for what she enjoys most about being an employee, she replied, "It's a wonderful working environment. I hope to be here until my retirement."

  • Monica Jackson has also worked for just one department (Claims) in her 25 years at MedBen, and in a single capacity, as a Claims Examiner. But as she's gained valuable experience, her responsibilities have grown accordingly. In addition to her own examiner duties, she also trains new examiners and reviews their claims for accuracy.

    Jackson cites her co-workers as the best part about working at MedBen. "All the people I work with are great," she said.

  • Cathy Valentine first joined MedBen as a Submission Control Clerk in the Claims Department, and held various Claims positions before becoming a member of the Data Services team. "After 25 years, I still enjoy coming to work every day," she said.

    Valentine added that she is amazed by how much data storage has changed from 1991, when claims were saved to microfiche, then later to disks and now digitally. Likewise, MedBen itself has changed, always with an eye toward improving the client experience. "All of the many employee benefits and products that have been introduced over the years continue to inspire me," she said.

Other MedBen employees honored at the event include:

  • 20 Years of Service: Joann Devault, Trudi Martin, Brenda McLean, Jill O'Donnell and Sandy Rogers
  • 15 Years of Service: Janeen Andrews, Tabbe Cunningham, Kathleen Judy, Josh Murphy, Cory Queen and Carissa Wheeler
  • 10 Years of Service: Morgan Antle, Leslie Campbell, Jenn Duncan, Brandy Layton, Michele Wilson and Nikki Wood
  • 5 Years of Service: Amanda Hammond, Caroline Keaser, Lindsay Kirk and Jenette Redman

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