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Clients, brokers and other invited VIPs joined MedBen employees at the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio on Monday, June 3 to celebrate the company’s 75th birthday. The event featured a private reception outside the theatre followed by a special concert by singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor.
Leading off the evening, Chairman and CEO Doug Freeman offered a brief overview of MedBen’s history, from its beginnings as a hospital service association with only two workers to its current status as a multi-service health benefits manager with a team of over 160 employees. An accompanying collection of archival materials included an employee application from 1938 (the monthly cost for a private hospital room – 80 cents), a newspaper article from the same year featuring the first patient to file a claim, and a photo from the 1984 groundbreaking of our current home office.
Freeman also highlighted the company’s charitable efforts – in particular, its work in the creation of the Licking County Community Health Clinic, which opened in 1992. A brainchild of Dr. Patrick Scarpitti, the clinic provides primary medical care to the less advantaged members of the community. MedBen served, as Freeman put it, “as a partner and a ‘deep pocket’” during the clinic’s early years – a relationship that continues to this day.
Freeman concluded his presentation by giving thanks to the MedBen team. Emphasizing comments he made during a recent interview – “The stability we’ve demonstrated for all these years begins and ends with the talented group of people“ – he requested that the various members of the MedBen staff stand up and be honored by the attending guests.
MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden then took the stage to recognize the local dignitaries in the audience – among them State Representative Jay Hottinger, who presented MedBen with an official proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives.
Reading from the document, Hottinger said, “MedBen is a health care benefits management company, and over the years, its management and staff have consistently demonstrated exemplary professionalism and expertise, as well as an unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest industry standards.”
Livingston Taylor wrapped up the celebration with a performance that combined original songs with well-known standards. A member of the famed Taylor family (whose members include older brother James) and a show business veteran of over 40 years, Livingston offered a combination of music, storytelling and humor that was well-received by those in attendance – who, in turn, gave him multiple standing ovations.
Among the tunes Taylor performed was “I’m Not As Herbal As I Ought To Be” – a novelty number he dedicated to MedBen’s efforts to promote wellness in the workplace. “Doug really likes this song,” he quipped.
For his encore, Taylor led the audience in a group sing-along of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – a song first introduced in 1939, when MedBen was just one year old.
The staff of MedBen would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with them, and for making the evening such a memorable one. We look forward to seeing all you at our centennial party in 2038!
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