Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Board Re-elects Chair, Vice Chair; Names Five New Board Members

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
 board of directors re-elected Charles Burkett to his fifth consecutive term as
 board chair and Lorene H. Fischer, RN, to her fifth term as vice chair.
     Burkett is the retired administrative director of the Michigan Farm
 Bureau, a 165,000-member association dedicated to serving the needs of farm
 and ranch families in Michigan, as well as surrounding rural communities.  A
 Portland resident, Burkett became the first person from outside southeastern
 Michigan to serve as BCBSM chairman since separate Blue Cross Blue Shield
 organizations consolidated in 1975.
     Fischer is a registered nurse who retired as dean of Wayne State
 University's College of Nursing in 1988.
     The board also named five new members.  They are:
     *  Royal Oak resident William H. Black is legislative and community
 affairs director for the Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43.  He represents
 medium groups - labor subscribers and replaces Edgar A. Scribner.
     *  Bloomfield Hills resident James C. Cubbin is executive director, health
 care initiatives, for General Motors Corporation.  He represents large groups
 - management subscribers and replaces Joan C. Rodney.
     *  Dearborn resident Mark T. Gaffney is president of the Michigan State
 AFL-CIO.  He represents medium groups - labor subscribers and replaces Frank
 Garrison.
     *  Gaines resident Jerry Hall is business manager for Michigan Laborers'
 District Council.  He represents medium groups - labor subscribers and
 replaces Jack Wood.
     *  Owosso resident Sharon A. Wise represents the public and replaces
 Maureen Pulte Reilly.  Ms. Reilly remains on the board, replacing Barbara
 Dumouchelle as representative of retirees over the age of 62.
 
     "The Blues' team looks forward to tapping the pool of knowledge and
 expertise our new board members present," said Richard E. Whitmer, Blues'
 president and chief executive officer.  "We also want to express our
 appreciation to outgoing members who have contributed to our efforts to
 provide access to quality health care in Michigan."
 
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SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
 board of directors re-elected Charles Burkett to his fifth consecutive term as
 board chair and Lorene H. Fischer, RN, to her fifth term as vice chair.
     Burkett is the retired administrative director of the Michigan Farm
 Bureau, a 165,000-member association dedicated to serving the needs of farm
 and ranch families in Michigan, as well as surrounding rural communities.  A
 Portland resident, Burkett became the first person from outside southeastern
 Michigan to serve as BCBSM chairman since separate Blue Cross Blue Shield
 organizations consolidated in 1975.
     Fischer is a registered nurse who retired as dean of Wayne State
 University's College of Nursing in 1988.
     The board also named five new members.  They are:
     *  Royal Oak resident William H. Black is legislative and community
 affairs director for the Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43.  He represents
 medium groups - labor subscribers and replaces Edgar A. Scribner.
     *  Bloomfield Hills resident James C. Cubbin is executive director, health
 care initiatives, for General Motors Corporation.  He represents large groups
 - management subscribers and replaces Joan C. Rodney.
     *  Dearborn resident Mark T. Gaffney is president of the Michigan State
 AFL-CIO.  He represents medium groups - labor subscribers and replaces Frank
 Garrison.
     *  Gaines resident Jerry Hall is business manager for Michigan Laborers'
 District Council.  He represents medium groups - labor subscribers and
 replaces Jack Wood.
     *  Owosso resident Sharon A. Wise represents the public and replaces
 Maureen Pulte Reilly.  Ms. Reilly remains on the board, replacing Barbara
 Dumouchelle as representative of retirees over the age of 62.
 
     "The Blues' team looks forward to tapping the pool of knowledge and
 expertise our new board members present," said Richard E. Whitmer, Blues'
 president and chief executive officer.  "We also want to express our
 appreciation to outgoing members who have contributed to our efforts to
 provide access to quality health care in Michigan."
 
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