MAHP Awards

Pinnacle Awards

The Michigan Association of Health Plans recognizes programs developed by MAHP members from around the state as "Pinnacle Award" winners for their outstanding contributions to increasing efficiency and patient care, helping lower costs and increase service to Michigan patients.

Ellis J. Bonner Outstanding Achievement Award

On February 9, 1995, the HMO industry lost a dedicated leader and  tireless worker - Ellis James Bonner.  His leadership and dedication inspired the HMO community from its earliest beginnings, and he helped it grow into today’s thriving industry.   Among his many contributions, Mr. Bonner was instrumental in developing the Group Health Foundation’ s Minority Training Program.   He was a tremendous mentor,  role model,  and national leader in the health care industry.

In his memory, the Association created the Ellis J. Bonner Outstanding Achievement Award.  This award is given to a  member of MAHP who has been nominated by his/her colleagues based upon their exemplary service, leadership and contributions to the managed  care industry and community.

Eugene B. Farnum Award

In October 2003, Gene Farnum succumbed to cancer and the HMO industry lost a leader, advocate and friend.  He was keenly in tune with the complexities of the state legislative and administrative process and the importance of getting involved.  A man of great patience, Gene understood that the democratic process is one that requires patience — and the art of compromise. A remarkable collaborator, Gene could take opposing sides, bring them to the table and emerge with a compromise to ensure that we continued to improve the health care quality in Michigan for all it citizens, most especially those whose voices are least heard.  His quiet heroism and confidence in the legislative process was an example of true statesmanship.

In his memory, the Association created The Eugene Farnum Award. This award is intended to honor those who reflect the values that Gene exemplified: collaboration, a sense of balance, fairness and integrity — and who share his vision of access to quality, affordable health care for Michigan citizens.

Legislator of the Year Award

Each year the Association chooses a member of the Michigan House of Representatives and a member of the Michigan Senate for their outstanding leadership, commitment, and tireless advocacy in working with the health care community to promote and support high quality, affordable, accessible health care for the citizens of Michigan.

MAHP President's Recognition Award

This award is given at the discretion of the MAHP President.