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See our history of serving Tennessee

Our roots go back to 1945, when Roy McDonald started the Tennessee Hospital Service Association. Ever since, we’ve focused on giving our neighbors great service and easy access to quality, affordable health care.

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See our history of serving Tennessee

Our roots go back to 1945, when Roy McDonald started the Tennessee Hospital Service Association. Ever since, we’ve focused on giving our neighbors great service and easy access to quality, affordable health care.

1945 - 1954

1945

Roy McDonald founds Tennessee Hospital Service Association; serves as company's first CEO

1949

BlueShield program forms

1950

Community enrollment plan makes health care available to public

1955 - 1964

1956

Major medical coverage becomes available

1959

Jim Hill appointed as CEO

1965 - 1974

1965

Begins administering Medicare

1969

Name officially changes to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

1970

James Waters becomes CEO

1973

Robert McGuff named CEO

1975 - 1984

1977

Awarded state employee contract

1984

Introduces first HMO (CareChoice)

1985 - 1994

1990

Roy McDonald passes away after serving 45 years as chairman of the board

1992

Tom Kinser becomes CEO

1994

Becomes a TennCare Managed Care Organization, now operating as BlueCare Tennessee, to serve the state’s Medicaid population

1995 - 2004

1996

Begins merger with BlueCross BlueShield of Memphis

2000

Enrollment reaches 1.5 million people

2002

Vicky Gregg named CEO

2003

Establishes the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation

2005 - 2014

2006

Enrollment reaches 3 million people

2009

Opens new LEED Gold-certified corporate campus on Cameron Hill

2011

Becomes first in the industry to implement enterprise-wide data encryption

2012

Outreach efforts top $10 million

2013

Bill Gracey named CEO

2015 - Today

2015

Medicare Advantage PPO Plan earns first 4-STAR quality rating

2015

JD Hickey becomes CEO

2016

BlueCross Health Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to support the expansion of grassroots opioid abuse prevention program

2018

Construction begins on the first BlueCross Healthy Place in Memphis