July 30, 2009
Regence BlueCross BlueShield cited for project management excellence
Center for Business Practices names finalists for 2009 PMO of the Year award
PORTLAND, Ore. — Regence BlueCross BlueShield recently received one of the five finalist awards in the 2009 PMO of the Year awards from the Center for Business Practices. Regence shared honors with Cisco Services, the Australian Stock Exchange, Alcatel-Lucent and the 2009 winner, Rockwell Automation.
The Center’s annual award is an international “showcase” for project management offices (PMO) whose excellence and innovation in project management have realized tangible business benefits for their organizations.
“Regence’s enterprise program management office (EPMO) plays a critical role in achieving the company’s vision of health care transformation,” said Jo Anne Long, who leads the team. “Step by step, project by project, the EPMO team has kept us focused on the vision of a changed health care system.”
Regence’s EPMO was created five years ago to coordinate the execution of large projects — from finance to computer platforms to insurance products — that support the company’s business goals. Since its inception, the EPMO has grown into a 125-person-team that has delivered more than 100 projects, with increasing success each year as measured by standard project management metrics of scope, schedule, resources and budget.
“This honor recognizes the remarkable progress we’ve made as a company,” said Long. “In just over five years, we've assembled a team with top-flight project management skills and established a robust set of standard methods for project and program management. The team is very deserving of this recognition.”
Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence serves nearly three million members as Regence BlueShield (in Washington), Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield of Idaho. Each health plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com.