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Washington, D.C.– The Western New York & Finger Lakes Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presented its 2008 “Service to Mankind” Award to Dr. Michael Cropp at the 16th Annual Diamond Ball on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Samuel’s Grande Manor.

Dr. Cropp was chosen for his long-term support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and outstanding service to the Western New York community.  Through his tireless dedication and commitment to the Society’s mission to cure blood cancers, he has improved the quality of life of patients and their families.

Dr. Cropp is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Health.  He is a board-certified family physician and has over 30 years of experience in the practice of medicine and in leading health systems.  His work at Independent Health, as well as his prior work with Rhode Island Group Health, Health Partners in Minneapolis and the Millard Fillmore Health System in Buffalo, has been characterized by a patient-centered, results-oriented focus that has brought teams of health care professionals together to find innovative, effective approaches to solving common challenges. 

Dr. Cropp is actively involved in the Western New York community through his support of the United Way, Camp Good Days and Special Times and the March of Dimes.  He is a past Chairman of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’a Diamond Ball.

Dr. Cropp is the Chairman of the board of the Pursuing Perfecting (P2) Collaborative of Western New York (a community organization addressing breast cancer and the risk factors of heart disease).  He also serves on the board of the National Federation for Just Communities, the Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired, the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Dr. Cropp received his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from Brown University and in 2003 received his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Cropp resides in Williamsville with his wife Lois.  Their proudest achievements are their three children, Ian, 23; Joel, 21; and Brett, 19.

All proceeds from the 16th Annual Diamond Ball will be directed toward research of Leukemia and Lymphoma, Myeloma and blood cancers, local patient services, advocacy, educational and community service programs in the Western New York and Finger Lakes Region.   For more information regarding the Diamond Ball, contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 716-834-2578 or visit the web site.

About ACHP

ACHP represents innovative health plans and provider organizations that continually strive to deliver the highest quality health care, improve the health of their patients, maximize patient satisfaction, and reduce per capita health care costs.  ACHP members consistently rank as among America’s best plans at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities.  ACHP health plans have deep roots in the communities they serve, and provide health insurance and coverage to over 15 million individuals in the U.S.  Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate, share strategies and best practices, and work toward solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care delivery and policy.  More information is available at


About Independent Health 

Independent Health is a health solutions company headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y.that began operations in 1980 and is consistently rated among national health care leaders for member satisfaction. The company has expanded its offerings to include point-of-service and preferred provider organization products, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans and coverage for self-funded employers. Independent Health employs about 900 people and provides health benefits and services to nearly 440,000 individuals. More information is online at