Health Care Service Corporation Named Best Company for Blacks in Technology

Aug 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from Health Care Service Corporation

    CHICAGO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
 has been named the best place in the country for blacks in technology. The
 prestigious Epsilon Award is given annually by the National Black Data
 Processing Associates ( and Finalists for
 the award included top companies such as Allstate, Merck, State Farm,
 Wal-Mart, WellPoint and Wells Fargo Bank. Last year's winner was IBM.
     "We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions that
 HCSC has made for blacks in technology," said National BDPA President,
 Denise Holland. "In this economy, many African Americans in technology are
 concerned about opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is
 important to recognize those exceptional companies that have provided
 African Americans with challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in
 Information Technology."
     HCSC is the country's fourth largest health insurer and operates the
 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and
     "HCSC's commitment to diversity has helped us attract qualified
 employees and achieve incredible success," said Brian Hedberg, HCSC senior
 vice president and chief information officer. "We are especially grateful
 to the Black Data Processing Associates and for
 encouraging us to identify and promote our talented work force. As we
 progress, we know diversity and inclusion will help us accomplish our
     To identify the Epsilon winner, BDPA supporters completed a
 comprehensive survey that rated performance in the areas of demographics,
 diversity programs, diversity (training, affinity groups), tenure,
 promotions and terminations, diversity recruiting, career path programs,
 minority vendor programs, and community outreach.
     "Our BDPA survey questions cause reflection on whether programs value
 diversity and build opportunities at work," said Will Bundy, former
 national BDPA outside director. "Our winners have demonstrated a commitment
 to people and an understanding that diversity has a bottom line business
 case value."
     About Health Care Service Corporation
     Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the
 largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and the fourth
 largest health insurer in the country overall, with 12.4 million members in
 its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and
 Texas. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue
 Shield Association. HCSC also has a rating of AA- (Very Strong) from
 Standard and Poor's, Aa3 (Excellent) from Moody's and A+ (Superior) from
 A.M. Best Company. For more information, visit

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