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Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Wins Prestigious Excellence in Professional Development Award

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December 3, 2010

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recognizes companys investment in its workforce

December 3, 2010, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently honored Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania with its "Excellence in Professional Development" award in recognition of the companys best-in-class commitment and investment in the educational and professional development of its employees.

BCNEPA received the award at the recent Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence (SAGE) ceremony at Lackawanna College.

BCNEPAs best-in-class, comprehensive professional development program begins before an employee is hired and extends through the lifecycle of employment with the company.

During the pre-employment interview process, BCNEPA assesses an applicants strengths and development needs, and that analysis becomes part of each new hires overall development program To help employees achieve professional certifications and continue their job-related higher education, BCNEPA encourages employees to take advantage of learning event opportunities, training programs and tuition reimbursement. The company also provides an online resource center to help employees manage their development process.

"Our Organization Effectiveness team has implemented leading-edge development programs, and our employees have responded positively. We are honored to be recognized with this award," said TJ Fjelseth, Vice President of Human Resources for BCNEPA.

The SAGE Awards ceremony was co-sponsored by the Greater Scranton Chamber and the nonprofit community development organization MetroAction. The honors celebrate the outstanding efforts of the local business community and recognize companies talent, creativity, and innovation in a challenging business environment. They also give businesses the opportunity to showcase themselves and demonstrate their success to the community. 

Besides honoring BCNEPA for with a 2010 SAGE Award for professional development, the Chamber nominated Prudential Retirement and the Tobyhanna Army Depot in the same category.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association headquartered in Wilkes-Barre.  It offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to approximately 600,000 individuals in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.  The companys mission is to provide innovative solutions that support more affordable health care, promote personal accountability for health and wellness, and offer superior service and partnership to employers, members, and providers.

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Anthony Matrisciano