PORTLAND, Ore. – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon today named Gillian Hays as its vice president of network management. Hays will provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the health insurer’s provider team based in Portland, with responsibilities for developing and implementing strategies and relationships across contracting, innovative provider partnerships, cost stewardship and more.

Hays has led the Oregon network management team on an interim basis since April, in addition to serving as the director of the regional network contracting. She is a seven-year Regence veteran, and has a combined 12 years of industry experience working collaboratively with hospital and physician groups to create member-centered care agreements that support the health of Oregonians and create more value for their health care dollar.

“Across the nation, Oregon is looked to as a leader for innovative and affordable care,” said Angela Dowling, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Under Gillian’s leadership, Regence will continue to work collaboratively with our local hospital and physician partners to ensure that we’re delivering better, simpler and more affordable care for those we collectively.”

“Having been an integral part of this team and organization for many years, I’m excited to now play a leading role in helping share Regence’s partnership with providers across this great state,” said Hays. “As Oregon’s largest health insurer, Regence is dedicated to pursuing innovative, pay for value arrangements with hospitals and physicians who share our desire to create better and more affordable health outcomes for our members”

Hays earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. Her community service engagements include serving as an art literacy program facilitator for elementary school students, and supporting local animal welfare and humane education.

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, headquartered in Portland, has been serving Oregonians since 1941 and now provides more than 974,000 people with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit regence.comfacebook.com/regencebluecrossblueshield, or twitter.com/regenceoregon.