MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and Lakeway Regional Hospital have joined the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network for BlueAdvantage, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Medicare Advantage plan. The contract is effective Jan. 1, 2010.

The addition of these leading facilities offers BlueCross Medicare Advantage members an even wider range of health care choices in the East Tennessee region.

“We’re delighted that Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and Lakeway Regional Hospital have joined our network,” said Robert Slattery, vice president and general manager of BlueCross’ senior care division. “BlueCross strives to offer our Medicare Advantage members the greatest range of choice as well as the best quality in products and services. The addition of these health care institutions helps reinforce that commitment.”

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is a non-profit community hospital serving an eight-county area. The system is comprised of a 167-bed facility and six Centers of Excellence including: Heart, Lung and Vascular Center, Women’s Center, Morristown Regional Cancer Center, Surgery Center, Joint and Spine Center, and Emergency and Critical Care Services.

Lakeway Regional Hospital is a 135-bed full service facility offering a wide-range of healthcare services. The hospital includes a seven-bed ICU, 10-bed Women’s Pavilion for OB and GYN services, 22-bed Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center and a 24-hour Emergency Room.

About the Senior Care Division, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s senior care division serves many of the state’s Medicare beneficiaries through its Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare Part D products and services. Its mission is to deliver creative, simple solutions that preserve health and enhance life. This is achieved by use of health information technology, health coaching, care management and an array of programs and products that help drive improved quality and work to keep costs affordable for its members. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbst-medicare.com.