Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I. maintains a healthy mindset

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022
500-1,499 EMPLOYEES
4. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

CEO (or equivalent): Martha L. Wofford, CEO and president
Number of employees: 790

BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD of Rhode Island has long sponsored events recognizing mental health awareness month in May.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Providence-based health insurer has held several virtual events promoting mental well-being among its 790 employees, including a coffee chat this spring with an in-house medical director whose behavioral health expertise eased stigma surrounding mental health and substance use issues.

“Mental health is a huge concern nationwide,” said Laura Thomas, Blue Cross managing director, compensation, benefits and human-resources information systems.

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Blue Cross, which permits employees to work from home or on a hybrid schedule as responsibilities allow, also collaborated with a Pawtucket-based nonprofit inspiring mental well-being and healing through creativity. Participants use art kits mailed to them to relieve stress and share creations with colleagues in live remote workshops.

A Healthy Thought: ‘Associates expect outstanding offerings, and survey results indicate that our well-being supports and activities are among the reasons employees believe [Blue Cross] is a great place to work.’

LAURA THOMAS, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island managing director, compensation, benefits and human resources information systems

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