The Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is awarding the first-ever Saint Charles Borromeo Award to Joan P. and Daniel J. Hilferty, in recognition of their commitment to building a better community throughout the Philadelphia region. “Like Saint Charles Borromeo, who lived a life of service and humility, the Hilfertys embody these same qualities in their own lives,” explained Bishop Timothy Senior, seminary rector. The award will be presented on April 26, 2018 at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Mr. Hilferty is the president and CEO of Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, and Mrs. Hilferty is a committed community volunteer. Since Mr. Hilferty became CEO in 2010, the number of people the company and its affiliates serve has tripled to nearly 8.5 million in 24 states and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hilferty is a sought-after public speaker and health care policy advisor. He currently serves on numerous boards of directors, including as chairman of the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Joan Hilferty is an educator currently working on literacy with elementary students at Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester, Delaware County. Mrs. Hilferty devotes significant time to support health care and education through her service on boards, such as the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
“We are honored and humbled to accept this first-ever award from Saint Charles Seminary,” said Mr. and Mrs. Hilferty. “There is no more important work than forming our future leaders, and by accepting this award, we hope that even more recognition and attention is given to Saint Charles Seminary and its outstanding seminarians.”