Independence Innovation Director named an “emerging industry leader”

 

Michelle Histand, Innovation director at Independence Blue Cross, is one of 10 “emerging industry leaders” recognized by Managed Healthcare Executive. Histand manages the Innovation design thinking program at Independence.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest returns to Philadelphia

Independence is excited to kick off another Summerfest season at the Blue Cross RiverRink! The 5th annual summer celebration promises to be the best yet at Philadelphia’s most iconic outdoor skating rink.

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Independence Blue Cross to help “strike out” melanoma

Independence is helping to fund free sunscreen dispensers that the City of Philadelphia will place in parks and public areas around the city to help remind residents of the importance of being sun smart. 

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Michelle Histand, Innovation director at Independence Blue Cross, is one of 10 “emerging industry leaders” recognized by Managed Healthcare Executive. Histand, who manages the Innovation design thinking program at Independence, is briefly profiled in the May publication. The design thinking program, which set out to change the way Independence’s associates solve complex business problems by using “design thinking” principals,…
Independence proudly joined Be Well Philly on Saturday, June 3 to sponsor the popular Be Well Philly Boot Camp. Billed as the “ultimate health and fitness event for women,” the all-day experience is geared to motivate, educate, and empower women to get healthy and fit. The day included group fitness classes, speakers, chef-led cooking demos, marketplace vendors,…
Independence Blue Cross is excited to kick off another Summerfest season at the Blue Cross RiverRink! The fifth annual summer celebration promises to be the best yet at Philadelphia’s most iconic outdoor skating rink. Located on Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing, visitors can enjoy roller skating, outdoor bowling, arcade games, carnival rides, and more from May 26 to September 3….
In April, Independence Blue Crew members were out in full force in celebration of National Volunteer Month, which recognizes American volunteerism and the passionate people across the nation who dedicate their time and talents to serving others. Associates volunteered nearly 1,900 hours at approximately 35 project locations to support community health, local children’s programs, and community improvement projects….
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Last month the Independence Blue Crew got a little nosey, but in a good way. The group raised more than $1,000 to benefit Red Nose Day, an international campaign that uses the power of humor to raise money and awareness for children’s charities. Founded by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day invites us to come together to make a difference for children facing poverty….
Behind the SunSmart sunscreen dispenser are (L-R) Philadelphia Phillies Senior Vice President Dave Buck, Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation Executive Director Stacy Ostrau, Baseball Hall of Fame player Mike Schmidt, Independence Blue Cross President of Facilitated Health Networks Anthony V. Coletta, M.D., MBA, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Independence Blue Cross Executive Vice President and President of Facilitated Health Network Anthony V….
Philadelphia –  Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Holy Redeemer Health System (Holy Redeemer) have agreed to a new three-year contract, making Holy Redeemer the first community-based health system to join the Independence Facilitated Health Networks (FHN) model. The new contract ensures Independence members continued in-network health care coverage at Holy Redeemer Health System facilities. “This new agreement demonstrates how much we value our long-standing relationship with Holy Redeemer and how committed we are to providing high-quality,…
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, accepted The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia “Others” Award for her extraordinary spirit of service to “others” and exceptional service in the community. Major A. Philip Ferreira, director of Operations at The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia, presented the award at the organization’s annual luncheon in Philadelphia. Marshall-Blake, who has 35 years of experience in corporate management,…
The Rotunda at Two Liberty Place was buzzing, not just with the usual lunchtime crowd noises, but with the steady thump of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. The upbeat song was the musical backdrop for a Hands-Only CPR training event hosted by CPR Ready, a campaign designed to increase the number of people in the region who are qualified and willing to perform bystander Hands-Only CPR,…
Independence Blue Cross gave entrepreneurs a real-life Shark Tank experience on May 18. Like the hit TV show, eight health-tech start-up teams in the 2017 class of Dreamit Health Philadelphia pitched Independence executives during a visit to the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation. The event gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear feedback on business issues from Independence leaders and to identify internal mentors or champions to support them in the program’s spring class….
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