Dr. J.D. Hickey Named BlueCross Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
J.D. Hickey
J.D. Hickey

Dr. J.D. Hickey has been appointed chief operating officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, effective May 1. Dr. Hickey will succeed Bill Gracey, who is set to become chief executive officer on Jan. 1.

“Over the past year J.D. has demonstrated a broad grasp of our organization and the market dynamics we’re facing,” Mr. Gracey said. “He’s not only a nationally respected leader and health care strategist, but he also consistently brings innovative ideas to the table.”

Dr. Hickey joined BlueCross in March, 2011 as senior vice president, as well as president and CEO of Volunteer State Health Plan, taking on increasing responsibilities since then.

Before joining BlueCross, Dr. Hickey led strategic health care consulting and management teams as a principal with McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, he served on Governor Phil Bredesen’s cabinet as director of the TennCare Bureau. He has also held executive positions with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Qualifacts Systems, Inc.

Dr. Hickey graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Colgate. He went on to earn medical and law degrees from Duke University.


Erlanger Offers Classes And Events For Oct. 27-30

Erlanger offers online childbirth education class.  The online class is an easy-to-understand interactive program that includes more than 70 videos, animated illustrations, downloadable PDF files, review quizzes and information specific to Erlanger East and Erlanger Baroness birthing services.  By choosing the online childbirth program, participants will have access to ... (click for more)

Area Consortium Honors Employees With Disabilities

For the last 14 years, the Chattanooga Area Employment Consortium has hosted an annual Disability Awards Luncheon to recognize outstanding employees with disabilities, as well as employers who have shown an ongoing commitment to employ qualified candidates with disabilities. Thanks to support from local businesses and organizations, the CAEC was able to gather those employees ... (click for more)

Jo Ann Cronan Charged With Bribing Voters In Polk County; Similar Probe Underway In Monroe County

A Polk County woman has been charged with bribing voters. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began an investigation on July 24 into allegations of illegal activities related to the August general election in Polk County. The investigation was commenced at the request of District Attorney General Stephen Crump. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with Calvin Rockholt, ... (click for more)

Westfield Charged In Burning, Torture Of Kitten At Cleveland

An arrest has been made in the case of a kitten who was burned and tortured in Cleveland, Tn. At 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Gary A. Westfield, 31, of Cleveland, was placed in custody on a warrant obtained by Lt. Robert Harbison and Detective Matt Jenkins of the Criminal Investigations Division. Westfield was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class E felony. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)