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Blue Cross Foundation Welcomes New Board Chair and Members
Date:10/29/2008

EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation welcomes Pat Geraghty, Deborah Meehan and Shawn Patterson to its 13-member board of directors. Geraghty recently joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as president and CEO. He is also chair of the foundation's board. Meehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community in Oakland, Calif., and Patterson is the vice president of marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The board directs the state's largest grantmaking foundation dedicated exclusively to improving health in Minnesota and includes five community representatives.

"Pat has a special interest in reducing health inequities, which is a primary focus for our foundation. Deborah joins us at a critical time in the development of our community health leadership program and brings extensive experience from her work with similar programs across the country," said Marsha Shotley, Foundation president. "And Shawn's strong business background and passion for creating healthier communities are an ideal fit for our board."

Geraghty is responsible for the strategy and operations of the state's largest health plan, serving 2.9 million members, with a full scope of health plan products and services. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Geraghty served as senior vice president of the Service Division for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Colgate University and is a frequent speaker on a range of health care topics. He has served as the chair of the American Conference on Diversity board and has served in a variety of other community leadership and volunteer positions.

Meehan leads The Leadership Learning Community, a national organization for leadership development programs. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on several boards, including Children's Advocate, International Leadership Association and the Kellogg Fellow Leadership Alliance Board of Directors.

Patterson has more than 25 years of experience in the health industry and is responsible for bringing innovative solutions to the health care market. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising, and a master's degree in finance from Indiana University, Bloomington. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, is a volunteer mentor for Menttium and works with the American Heart Association for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, visit us on the Web at http://www.bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free 1-866-812-1593.

The Blue Cross Foundation's purpose is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow. By addressing key social, economic and environmental factors that determine health -- beyond genes, lifestyle and access to health care -- the foundation's work extends beyond the traditional reach of the health care system to improve community health long-term and close the health gap that affects many Minnesotans. The foundation has become the state's largest grantmaking foundation to exclusively dedicate its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $22 million since it was established in 1986.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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