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Blue Care Network of Michigan Named a Great Workplace by Gallup, MBPA

BCN culture, policies and human resources practices earn both national,

state kudos

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Two organizations that look for exceptional workplaces are shining a spotlight on Blue Care Network of Michigan.

BCN is one of 20 companies worldwide receiving the 2008 Gallup Great Workplace Award on Wednesday, May 14 in Omaha, Neb. This is the second year in a row BCN has earned the annual award. On May 1, BCN was saluted by the Michigan Business and Professional Association as one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in West Michigan, an honor the company also received last fall in Metro Detroit.

BCN, the HMO affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has 1,388 employees across the state. Based in Southfield, BCN also has offices in Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Portage, Saginaw and Traverse City.

"To be competitive we need an engaged work force -- employees who like their jobs and accept personal responsibility for doing them well," said Jeanne Carlson, BCN president and CEO. "To judge by our recent awards, we're moving in the right direction. I am proud that we have the best employees any company could have."

To identify companies with the world's most productive and engaged workforces, the Gallup management consulting organization compared applicants' results across a workplace research database of millions of work teams in more than 100 countries. A panel of workplace experts assessed the applicants' results to select the winners.

"The winners of this award have established a new global standard for engaging people," said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's Workplace and Leadership Consulting practice. "When compared to the millions of workgroups we have studied around the world, the awardees have worked tirelessly to create an environment that values people."

MBPA, one of the state's largest business associations, annually honors outstanding companies for creating the best human resource initiatives for employees.

"The companies we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptional human resource practices and represent high standards in today's economic climate," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA chief operating officer and a veteran human resources manager.

About Blue Care Network of Michigan

Blue Care Network of Michigan and its subsidiaries have 648,000 members. Blue Care Network features award-winning disease management programs and the largest HMO network of physicians and hospitals in the state, with more than 4,000 primary care physicians, 10,100 specialists and 130 hospitals. Blue Care Network, a nonprofit corporation, is the affiliated HMO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For further information, visit .

About Gallup

Gallup has studied human nature and behaviors for more than 70 years. Gallup's reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the word think and feel is the cornerstone of the organization. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and its consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide. Gallup consultants also help organizations boost organic growth by increasing customer engagement and maximizing employee productivity through measurement tools, coursework, and strategic advisory services. Gallup's 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, at Gallup University's campuses, and in 40 offices around the world. Information about the Gallup Great Workplace Award is at .

About MBPA

Based in Warren, Mich., MBPA is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 160,000 persons. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive group insurance rates. MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food and Beverage Association. Details of the "101 Best and Brightest" Award are at .

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