CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee recently named Dr. Richard Cassidy as vice president and chief medical officer for health care services. The company also promoted Dr. Inga Himelright to the new role of associate chief medical officer for the division.

In his position, Cassidy will oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of the total healthcare management (THM) programs for the commercial business and established markets business unit.

Promoting collaboration between the different business units, Cassidy will be responsible for strategic planning and financial outcomes related to THM programs and functions. He also will manage the regional medical directors and other senior management within the division.

Prior to joining the Tennessee Plan, Cassidy was the vice president of medical management for BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, where he managed statewide care coordination and medical operations as well as statewide quality improvement and accreditation activities. While at the Florida Blues Plan, he also helped develop industry-leading worksite wellness programs and sponsored the company’s transformational retail health program.

Cassidy received both his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the Wilkes University-Hahnemann University Cooperative Medical Program.

Himelright, who previously served as BlueCross’ regional medical director, will be assuming responsibility for the medical policy division as well as the development and execution of a care vendor management capability. She will also oversee BlueCross’ education and reporting functions.

Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, she is a specialist in tuberculosis and has worked with the TB program for the East Tennessee Regional Health Department.

Himelright has served in multiple leadership roles at the University of Tennessee Medical Center over the last 15 years, including clinical associate professor. In 2002, she became vice president and medical director over patient safety and performance for the hospital and oversaw the areas of case management, performance improvement and infection control.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Stephens College. She completed both her medical school and residency at the University of South Florida as well as her post-graduate fellowship in the division of infectious diseases and tropical medicine.

“It’s great to have Drs. Cassidy and Himelright rounding out our health care services team,” said Dr. Robert Mandel, senior vice president of health care services at BlueCross. “They will bring new insights, creativity and expertise to help transform our state’s health care system, build better provider partnerships and add value for our members.”

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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