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Health Care Service Corporation Ranked as One of the Most Diverse Companies in the Country for 5th Consecutive Year
Date:3/16/2009

Also ranked among Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity and for African Americans

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- DiversityInc has listed Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) as one of its Top 50 Companies for Diversity(R) for the fifth year in a row. In 2009, the company ranks 22, up 12 spots from last year. HCSC is also listed among the Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity as well as the Top 10 Companies for African Americans this year. As the country's largest customer-owned health care provider, HCSC operates the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

A total of 401 companies vied for the honor this year. That was 14 percent more than last year which underscores the increasing emphasis on diversity management among progressive companies.

"Health Care Service Corp. has developed an increasingly inclusive work force. The company also has emerged as a supplier-diversity leader in the health-insurance industry," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc.

"Diversity and inclusion have always been business imperatives for Health Care Service Corporation," said Pat Hemingway Hall, HCSC president and CEO. "However, having diverse and inclusive perspectives and practices in our organization will be even more crucial in the face of unprecedented economic challenges. To be as innovative as possible, we must capitalize on the talents and skills of all of our employees. At the same time, we need to continue to anticipate and respond effectively to the needs of our increasingly diverse customer base who will be facing their own unique challenges during this difficult time."

Key factors in HCSC's success were its strong mandatory diversity-training program and the metrics used to assess its success, its progressive work/life policies, its benefits for same-sex partners of employees, its community philanthropy and its evolving sup
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