Board Room Partners
As a community partner, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma invests in organizations that are improving the health of our communities. We provide grants, sponsorships and matching volunteer dollars, and share employees’ skill and expertise.
Employees at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) have diverse skill sets, experience and perspectives that bring a variety of ideas to the work they do. These same resources are critical to nonprofit organizations who depend on boards of directors to help them shape strategy and systems for their work.
As a community partner, BCBSOK invests in organizations that are improving the health of our communities. We provide grants, sponsorships and matching volunteer dollars, and opportunities for our employees to share their skills and expertise.
One such organization is Hospitality House of Tulsa, which has had a relationship with BCBSOK since it opened 10 years ago. The organization provides a home away from home for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis. This includes providing housing, meals, access to laundry and a community of support.
The group wanted to expand services and needed expert guidance on working with hospitals. This was expertise that Rod Johns, a BCBSOK unit manager in Provider Networks, had. He also had a desire to make his mark by volunteering.
It is through these dedicated board members that the mission and programs grow, develop and are funded.
“A nonprofit’s board of trustees and board of advisors is such a huge part of a nonprofit’s success in their mission,” said Toni Moore, president and CEO of Hospitality House. “It is through these dedicated board members that the mission and programs grow, develop and are funded. Board members are also crucial in engaging others in the community to come alongside them to help.
“This is exactly what it has meant for us to have Rod Johns serve on our board. Rod represents not just the mission of Hospitality House of Tulsa within BCBSOK, but he also represents BCBSOK’s mission within our organization. He engages in leadership opportunities within our organization and volunteers regularly to see that we continue to grow and also are recognized within the community for our great work within health care and hospitality.”
This full-spectrum engagement with Hospitality House of Tulsa, as well as similar partnerships with hundreds of other organizations that employees engage with, shows that BCBSOK is investing in the success of these social and health-changing groups.
In 2016, Hospitality House of Tulsa was named the Community Health Champion Winner for the Champions of Health Awards for their work.
For Moore, “This statewide award and recognition has quickly been communicated throughout the state, giving us more opportunities to serve more families, bringing awareness to our mission, and engaging more donors. The Champions of Health Award has been equal to BCBSOK’s seal of approval, validating our mission and the work we have done within health care for the last 10 years.”
And for BCBSOK employees, the experience gives them an opportunity to give back, engage in the community and be a part of improving health in new ways.
“Serving on the board for Hospitality House of Tulsa has challenged me to expand my professional skills and brought me into contact with a whole new group of people,” said Johns. “And personally, I am touched by the families that find comfort and peace as a result of the Hospitality House, and I know I helped contribute to making that possible.”