Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO Don George has been recognized for his leadership in developing a culture of health and wellness at BCBSVT and, by example, for other workplaces in Vermont. George received the Business Leadership Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at the annual Worksite Wellness Conference in Burlington on Wednesday, March 25.
“Health and wellness is part of the everyday culture of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,” said Governor Peter Shumlin, who presented the award. “What Don’s been doing as an insurance executive isn’t being done by any insurance executive in the country.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont CEO Don George accepts the Business Leadership Award from Governor Peter Shumlin and members of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
The Governor’s Council presented worksite wellness awards to 92 businesses, including many of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Accountable Blue customers. The awards highlight companies that promote the health and wellness of their employees through worksite wellness programs.
Graham Lowe, a prominent Canadian expert on wellness and productivity who was the keynote speaker for the event, told the businesses that they were pioneering new programs in worksite wellness.
“There is no other state or Canadian province that has this kind of leadership support,” he said. “What you’re doing here is something that I think needs to be emulated in North America and beyond.”
George told the business leaders that their worksite wellness programs have benefits that go beyond the immediate health improvements they produce.
“You’re creating these vibrant organizations that achieve results at a very high level and creating jobs that helps this economy,” he said.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 240,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin, a branch office in South Burlington and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com (link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.