For Immediate Release: July 18, 2014
SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners
RALEIGH -- SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, congratulates the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina.
This year's awards were presented at the Annual North Carolina SHIIP Coordinators' Training Conference in Greensboro on July 17:
- SHIIP County of the Year: SHIIP's coordinating site in Harnett County is the Harnett County Council on Aging/RSVP. SHIIP volunteers provided counseling to 1,166 clients in their county this year and reached out to more than 182,000 residents through various efforts.
- SHIIP Coordinator of the Year: Jim Burke works with SHIIP's coordinating site in Gaston County, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Through outreach efforts, he and his volunteers reached nearly 146,000 people and counseled 846 Medicare beneficiaries in the past year.
- Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year: Joanne Clark is from SHIIP's Anson County coordinating site, Grace Senior Center. Joanne has been a SHIIP volunteer for 21 years. This past year, she counseled 657 beneficiaries and worked at her counseling site daily during Medicare's Annual Election Period.
- Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award: North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is a tremendous advocate for SHIIP and has been instrumental in continuing to spread the word about the services offered by SHIIP since taking office in 2009.
"I congratulate all of the 2014 award winners and am humbled to have been selected as a recipient myself," Goodwin said. "SHIIP provides a valuable service across the state, and we would not be able to reach so many of North Carolina's Medicare beneficiaries without the dedication and commitment of our coordinators and volunteers."
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that was created in 1986 to provide objective information about Medicare to the state's beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIIP's trained volunteers and staff provide in-person counseling in all 100 counties of North Carolina. For more information about SHIIP or to get answers to Medicare questions, call SHIIP directly at 800-443-9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com.
Harnett County: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin presents the SHIIP Statewide County of the Year Award to LeAnn Blackmon, SHIIP Coordinator, who accepted the award on behalf of Harnett County.
Jim Burke: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin presents the SHIIP Coordinator of the Year Award to Jim Burke of Gaston County.
Joanne Clark: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin presents the SHIIP Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year Award to Joanne Clark of Anson County.
Goodwin: Carla Obiol, Senior Deputy Commissioner of the N.C. Department of Insurance Consumer Assistance Group, and Van Braxton, SHIIP Director, present Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin with the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award.