The Masonic Care Community is proud to announce receipt of a $5,000 Community Health Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The award will support MCC’s telehealth program and will provide additional computer resources to support resident telehealth visits.

Through a competitive application process, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards help fund programs that improve the health or health care of a specific population, programs that aim to improve the health status of the community, closes the gaps in health disparities, reduces the incidence of specific diseases, promotes health education and assists our communities in dealing with COVID.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, Utica regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

Mara Mulligan, the Director of Strategic Marketing and Philanthropy at MCC shares, “As we continue to experience enhanced safety protocols related to COVID-19, telehealth services help provide access to health care services for residents while reducing the risk of exposure. Telehealth also helps deliver care sooner, decreases unnecessary hospital transfers, and provides healthier outcomes for our seniors. We are extremely grateful to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for this award, and for supporting the people who live here at MCC.”

The Masonic Care Community is a nonprofit organization and leading provider of senior healthcare services and senior living opportunities. We also provide rehabilitative services, home healthcare, and operate an onsite childcare center. We are a team of more than 800 employees and MCC provides care and housing for more than 500 seniors on our beautiful 440-acre campus. For more information, visits

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company’s mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit

Pictured from left to right: Mara Mulligan, MCC Director of Strategic Marketing and Philanthropy, Jill Wynne, MCC Controller, Eve Van de Wal, Utica Regional President of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rob Raffle, MCC Executive Director, and Shayna Keller, Community Investments & Partnerships Manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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