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Marking Milestones for Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

As Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2024, the health insurance company’s president and CEO celebrates a milestone of his own: One year of service. Jeff Russell joined BCBSNE in June of 2023, becoming part of the company’s rich legacy of being there […]

Professional growth through volunteering

Around 25 years ago, Barb True was looking for a meaningful way to use her discretionary time. After taking inventory of her values, she decided to volunteer at community nonprofits. “I found it extremely fulfilling,” said True, vice president of claims and support services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

Turning Wellness into a Career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Growing up, Elise McHatton was more likely to deliver speeches or engage in spirited debates than wear a sports uniform. “Ironically, I wasn’t an athlete or into fitness in high school,” McHatton said. “My friends and I skated a little bit at our local ice rink in the winter, but […]

Laughter is the Best Medicine

While she was being treated for pediatric brain cancer, big-hearted and precocious 5-year-old Gabby Krause always brought a container of fart putty to meetings with her medical team. If things became too serious with the doctors, nurses, and her parents, that distinctive pfffftt sound would ring out from Gabby’s pocket […]

Ignite Your Career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

In his early 20s, Luke Grobeck struggled to find a job. Turning to e-commerce, he had some success selling retro video games online. From there, he worked at AAA in customer service and dispatched tow trucks until the pandemic hit in 2020. Like many at the start of the pandemic, […]

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Tools for Healthier Life

Angel Pacana’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2010 came as something of a surprise. A family history of the disease, combined with the onset of some troubling symptoms, prompted a doctor’s visit that revealed elevated blood sugar levels. For 10 years, Pacana struggled to manage the condition and its effects. […]

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Opera Omaha Breaks Barriers Through Art

You had to strain—hard—to hear the young woman from the Ollie Webb Center, Inc., an Omaha nonprofit for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. So soft-spoken and reserved, she was barely audible when she showed up for her first workshop with Opera Omaha’s Holland Community Opera Fellowship. Fast forward one […]

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Team Blue Takes Steps Toward a Cure

Darcy Swope, a Nebraska/Iowa Chapter Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) board member, has witnessed first-hand the impact inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can have on someone’s life. Her son, Riley, first experienced symptoms in high school but wasn’t diagnosed with ulcerative colitis until his freshman year of college. According to the […]


A Holistic Approach to Employee Wellness

Gratitude, faith, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helped Molly Billings, director of HR operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), through the loss of her mom in September of 2022. When her mom passed away, Billings immediately reached out to the EAP offered to BCBSNE employees. […]


An Angel on Earth: A Caring Nurse’s Outreach

Last winter, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was surging, filling hospitals and alarming heath authorities worldwide. Meanwhile, Jim Sanderson of Hastings, Nebraska, was hard at work pursuing his passion as a singer-songwriter. Sanderson crossed paths with COVID-19 in January 2022, and his condition turned severe. He was hospitalized at Hastings’ […]