PORTLAND, Ore., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence employees, along with
community leaders and friends and family of Richard "Dick" Woolworth, will
celebrate Monday, June 5 when its "First Avenue Building" in downtown
Portland is christened the R.L. Woolworth building.
The dedication ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m., on the steps of
the newly named R.L. Woolworth building at 1621 SW First Avenue, Portland,
Woolworth joined Blue Cross of Oregon in 1971 as assistant vice
president of Provider and Professional Relations. In the early 1980s, he
personally oversaw the construction of the "First Avenue Building," which
was intended as the new headquarters for Blue Cross of Oregon. However, the
building's completion coincided with the merger of Blue Cross of Oregon and
OPS-Blue Shield in 1983, so it became the initial headquarters for Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon.
In his 32-year career with Regence and its Oregon family of companies,
Woolworth worked to create an organization that today is the region's
largest not-for-profit health insurance carrier. In 1995, he founded The
Regence Group that today covers Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in
Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
"The Regence we know today -- with nearly 3 million members, 6,000
employees and 2005 revenues of $7.5 billion -- exists because of
Woolworth's collaborative approach and a belief that we can accomplish more
together than individually," said Mark Ganz, Regence president and CEO.
Since his retirement from Regence in 2003, Woolworth has stayed active
in his many corporate board and community activities. Christening the
"First Avenue Building" in his name is a fitting way to recognize his
significant contributions to, and leadership of, Regence and the Oregon
community, said Ganz.
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
related coverage for about one million members in Oregon and in Clark
County, Washington. It's part of the Regence Group, the largest affiliation
of health plans in the northwest and intermountain states, collectively
covering nearly three million people. The Regence Group and its affiliates
are not-for-profit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association. Nearly one in three Americans has health care coverage through
Blue Plans. For more information, visit www.or.regence.com.
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon