NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UHSM (Unite Health Share Ministries) was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Most Valuable Non-Profit COVID-19 Response category in The 17th Annual International Business Awards®.
The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2020 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories.
As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will prevent winners from receiving their awards on stage during a traditional gala IBA banquet, winners will be celebrated instead during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, 1 December.
“UHSM is honored to be recognized among such a high-caliber group of companies and organizations that have found a way to connect and deliver during a crisis,” stated Christopher Jin, CEO of UHSM. “Our non-profit ministry seeks out and contributes to causes that support healthy families, foster charity and education, advocate for better healthcare, and promote holistic health.”
More than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. This year’s competition also featured a number of free-to-enter categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of its response to COVID-19, UHSM organized a voluntary contribution program to assist their members who have found themselves in a difficult position during the pandemic. These contributions helped provide emotional support, direct and indirect gifts to those in financial need. UHSM’s timely response eased its members’ stress during this unprecedented time.
Additionally, UHSM's powerful Telehealth has expanded to support the needs of its members during the pandemic. Through community support funding from UHSM, Cornbread Hustle, a Dallas, Texas staffing agency, provided free sanitization and disinfecting services to churches, to help safeguard essential work areas. UHSM also donated thermometers and offered UHSM Telehealth for Essential Businesses to all church staff and their families, adding an extra layer of security with on-demand healthcare.
Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from July through early September.
“Despite the unprecedented impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on organizations and working people worldwide, the number and quality of nominations we received in this year’s International Business Awards attests to the continued outstanding performance of many organizations. The commitment we’ve seen through these nominations to maintaining the success, health, and safety of employees, customers, and communities is truly impressive,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher.
Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.
UHSM (Unite Health Share Ministries) is a nonprofit, faith-based health sharing ministry that facilitates member-to-member health sharing among fellow Christians, serving as a connector to administer medical cost sharing. Christian healthcare is chosen by millions each year over traditional insurance plans, and UHSM stands alone as the only health share that offers members access to true prescription coverage through the CVS Caremark network. UHSM members also have access to nearly one million doctors, hospitals and specialists through the First Health PPO Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna Inc. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, UHSM offers simple, fair, and friendly healthcare programs to its members. The UHSM mission is to help Christian families fulfill their God-given purpose to care for one another, foster holistic wellbeing, and positively impact our communities.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.