CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee promotes Penny Ewing to director of quality management. Under her new title, Ewing will be responsible for developing and maintaining the BlueCross quality management program.

“Two important components of BlueCross’ success requires remaining compliant and always striving to improve quality,” said Dr. Inga Himelright, vice president and chief medical officer for BlueCross. “Penny’s past experience with regulations and compliance along with her nursing background, give her the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in her new role and allow her to put her entire prior experience to use.”

In this new role Ewing will be assisting leadership in directing strategic plans to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory and accrediting bodies, including management of the accreditation survey process. She will also provide vision and leadership to promote quality improvement activities.

Ewing joined BlueCross in 2004 and has worked as a compliance officer and project manager since that time. She worked at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga prior to joining BlueCross.

Ewing is a 2003 graduate of West Georgia University where she received her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She is certified in health care compliance and as an ISO 9001:2000 auditor. Ewing is also a registered nurse in the states of Tennessee and Georgia.

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.