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Bridge Award Profiles: Patricia Hemingway Hall
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"From a strategic perspective, diversity among our employees and board of directors is a major priority for HCSC. To help as many people as possible find quality, affordable health care we must reach out to a more diverse population than ever before. That requires insights and strategies that can come only from a board and workforce that is equally diverse."


Patricia Hemingway Hall
President and Chief Executive Officer
Health Care Service Corporation

Patricia Hemingway Hall is president and chief executive officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest non-investor-owned health insurer and fourth largest overall. HCSC operates the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; serves more than 13 million members; and has more than 16,000 employees. HCSC also operates Dearborn National, which includes Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company, Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company of New York, Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Company and Dental Network of America.

Ms. Hemingway Hall has received a number of recognitions for her leadership in the health care industry, including being named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2011 by Modern Healthcare magazine, the YWCA’s 2011 “Outstanding Leader in Business,” one of the “Seven People to Watch” in 2011 by the Chicago Tribune, one of the “Women to Watch” in 2011 by Crain’s Chicago Business and one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”

Ms. Hemingway Hall began her career as an ICU nurse, which significantly shaped the way she views how the health care system should work — that it should provide appropriate care in a financially sound manner that enables continued innovation and improvement. Taking the lessons learned firsthand in working with patients, she applied them in subsequent leadership roles in utilization and care management, human resources, and as chief operating officer and then president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, where she was responsible for sales and marketing for all customer segments, product development, medical policy, disease management, network development, acquisitions, and government and legislative relations.

HCSC has a long legacy of recognizing the value of diversity and inclusion. HCSC’s commitment is visible at every level of the business. Ms. Hemingway Hall continues to maintain an inclusive and culturally competent workforce, leverage the diverse skills and worldviews of all employees, and ensure that diversity is integrated into corporate strategies to provide affordable and accessible health care solutions. The health care industry is arguably being impacted more than other industries by demographic shifts and legislation to address the disparities in health care in ethnically diverse communities. Addressing these issues requires the engagement of a diverse group of stakeholders to be responsive to the marketplace and achieve sustainable growth.

Looking toward the future of health care, Ms. Hemingway Hall has focused the company’s efforts on leveraging technology and developing an IT infrastructure that will be able to deliver unparalleled health data for consumers, employers, and health care providers, with the goal of transparency, ease, and efficiency, so that members’ health care can be optimized and unnecessary spending minimized.

Ms. Hemingway Hall received a master’s degree in public health, health planning, and administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University.


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