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.

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