NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation announced today a donation of $500,000 to the Middle Tennessee Red Cross Chapters to assist victims of the widespread flooding in Nashville and surrounding counties.

The donation is intended to assist in the Red Cross’ relief and recovery efforts, including food and water, shelter and emotional support to victims of the storms.

“The images of the devastating flooding and the stories of loss have touched all our hearts,” said Vicky Gregg, president and CEO of BlueCross. “We hope that this support will benefit our fellow Tennesseans as they work to piece back together their homes and lives. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.”

About Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. (THF) was established in December, 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. THF awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, THF is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.

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.