CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee brings Elaine Manieri on board to head up its pharmacy management team, assuming responsibility for managing and coordinating all aspects of the company’s pharmacy programs. She will focus efforts on engaging pharmacists across the state in order to achieve better patient outcomes and improved safety measures.

“Elaine brings a wealth of experience with her to BlueCross and has shown an ability to manage and grow the departments she has directed in the past,” said Henry Smith, senior vice president of operations. “She has a proven track record in the field of pharmacy and demonstrates strong leadership, resulting in development of the right programs to assist our providers and as a result, our members.”

Manieri joins BlueCross with more than 25 years of experience, both as a pharmacist and as a manager and director of programs. Most recently she served as vice president of clinical product management for CVS Caremark in Hunt Valley, Va. In addition, she has worked as a senior consultant at Sevon Associates, the director of pharmacy services at Keystone Mercy Health Plan and as a pharmacist account manager for First Health Services in Pennsylvania.

A graduate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy, Manieri worked as a pharmacist at CVS, and Rea and Derick, as well as other pharmacies before moving into a leadership role. Manieri is married and has two daughters.

About BlueCross

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.