Former Board Member, Health Care Industry Leader to Head Company Operations
Gracey will oversee operations of the company’s government and commercial business units and report directly to BlueCross CEO Vicky Gregg.
“Bill will bring added management strength to keep us successful as we navigate through the complex environment ahead as national health care reform is implemented,” Gregg said. “I am confident Bill has the right background and the right leadership skills and experience to successfully lead our operations.”
Gracey served on the BlueCross Board of Directors for the past four years. He has spent most of his 35-year career as a leader in the health care industry in Tennessee. Most recently, he was executive vice president and COO of LifePoint Hospitals, a 52-hospital system with 23,000 employees and 2,500 physicians in 17 states, headquartered in Nashville. At LifePoint, his responsibilities included managed care contracting and management of numerous physician-hospital networks. Prior to that, Gracey held increasingly responsible roles in Hospital Corporation of America, culminating as President and CEO of its MidSouth division.
Gracey earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1975 and a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Gracey is married to Catherine Finn Gracey. They have four children and three grandchildren.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee offers its clients peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for both its 3 million Tennessee-based members as well as consumers across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross is developing patient-centric products and services that positively impact affordability, patient safety and quality. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
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