CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has signed a contract with NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tenn., returning that hospital to BlueCross’ network of preferred providers.

The one-year contract was signed Friday, May 30, and is effective June 1. BlueCross BlueShield cardholders can use the services provided by NorthCrest and be covered under the in-network provisions of their policy. NorthCrest Medical Center had been an out-of-network facility since Jan. 1, 2003, when an earlier contract expired.

"We are delighted to once again have NorthCrest Medical Center in our network of providers," said Bob Fox, vice president of provider networks for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. "This hospital has provided outstanding service to our members in Robertson County and we are pleased that the new contract will allow that service to continue."

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.