WellPoint Care Management Recognized by Dorland Health for Outstanding Service to Seniors

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc., (NYSE: WLP) today announced seven members of its care management team have been named as finalists for the 2011 Dorland Health Silver Crown Awards, more than any other public or private health care-related organization.

Each year Dorland Health recognizes organizations and professionals who provide exceptional services, products and education to the over-55 population. With nearly 70 million people expected to be Medicare beneficiaries over the next 20 years, the senior population is an increasingly important focus for the nation's health care providers and related organizations.

WellPoint's seven finalists are recognized for their effectiveness in helping seniors to receive the clinical and care management support they need through highly member-focused programs and services. The WellPoint finalists represent two programs and five individual categories and include:

  • Corinne Kennedy, Social Worker category
  • Karen Amstutz MD, Geriatrician category
  • Terri Brown, Geriatric Care Manager category
  • Cindi Lou Crouse, Clinical Nurse category
  • Melissa Trownsell, Clinical Nurse category
  • 30-Day Readmission Reduction, Medicare Advantage category
  • Cancer Care Support Program, Medicare Advantage category

"It is dedicated people and innovative programs like these that will continue to ensure we provide our members with services that support the health, care and value they expect and deserve," said Anthony Nguyen, senior vice president of care management for WellPoint. "This is a terrific tribute to the success of our senior programs and to the commitment that our associates and their teams demonstrate in serving our senior members."

Dorland Health is the publisher of the Case Management Resource Guide, the National Directory of Adult and Senior Services, the Senior Services Report, Case In Point magazine and other resources for those in medical management. The company provides information and development tools for those who care for adults and seniors.

WellPoint's seven finalists are among more than 80 health care professionals and programs nationwide that have been named as finalists for the awards. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the Silver Crown Awards Luncheon on March 8, 2011 in Las Vegas.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our communities, deliver better care to members, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company, with more than 33 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 70 million individuals served through all subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout much of the country as UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com/.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.