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Michael Unhjem Appointed to Board of Directors for Health Integrated
Date:7/20/2009

ome a cornerstone of BCBS North Dakota's approach to improving quality of care and reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations for those with chronic illnesses.

"Mike brings an enviable track record as a force of positive change in healthcare," says Steve Wigginton, president of Health Integrated. "He brings a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges our customers face, with a passion for innovation that fits well with our culture and mission."

During Unhjem's tenure, BCBS North Dakota received nine "brand excellence" awards from the national BCBS Association in categories including Provider Satisfaction, Member Retention and Operational Excellence. He was responsible for implementing programs that grew BCBS North Dakota's total enrollment by 33 percent, at the time representing the largest percentage market share of any BCBS plan in the country.

As part of his leadership role at BCBS North Dakota, Unhjem served as chairman of the boards for many healthcare management companies, including Noridian Administrative Services, Noridian Insurance Services, Lincoln Mutual Life and Casualty Insurance Company, North Dakota Caring Foundation, HealthPAC and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. A man of many "firsts", Unhjem became the first "small" Blue plan CEO to serve as chairman of the national BCBS Association Board of Directors, a role he served for the 2001-2002 term.

Unhjem's past experience includes public service. Following a presidential appointment and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Unhjem served on the National Council of Disability under President George H.W. Bush. A graduate of Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D., and the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, N.D., Unhjem practiced law and was employed in banking and planned giving positions before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield as Legal Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs in 19
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