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Dr. Nash Inducted as Fellow of American College of Physicians

Philadelphia, PA - July 13, 2009 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) elected Esther J. Nash, MD, senior medical director, Population Health and Wellness at Independence Blue Cross (IBC), as a new Fellow at its 2009 scientific meeting for Internal Medicine recently held in Philadelphia, PA.

Fellowship in ACP is a mark of distinction. Dr. Nash earned this honor upon the recommendation of her peers who attested to her character, ethics, and excellence in medicine. The ACP bestows this honor based on a review of ACP's Credentials Subcommittee, and the culmination of Dr. Nash's achievements as an internist. As an internist, Dr. Nash had to complete intensified training on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases.

The ACP awards the Fellowship certification to those doctors who show that they are always growing and learning. This is established through activities such as teaching, hospital appointments, public service, community health planning, continuing medical education, and publishing scientific articles.

Dr. Nash continuously demonstrates her dedication to the field of Internal Medicine. While at IBC, Dr. Nash helped design and implement comprehensive preventive health programs for a population of over two million commercial and Medicare members throughout the region. She also helped create the company's "Healthy LifestylesSM Rewards", a program that encourages healthy behavior change such as smoking cessation and weight loss.  Her proudest achievement during her tenure at IBC is the development of the ConnectionsSM Programs, which consist of disease management for over 25 chronic conditions, including a comprehensive clinical decision support program.

"We are proud to honor Dr. Es Nash for her induction into the American College of Physicians," said Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Independence Blue Cross. "We are pleased to have a doctor with such passion for her profession in the IBC family."

A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Nash earned a medical degree from the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and completed her residency at The Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Lafayette Hill, PA with her husband and three children.

Dr. Nash is board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She holds additional certifications:

  • Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR)-Certification Commission on Health Information Technology
  • Certified Health Care Executive (CHCE)- American Association of Health Plans Executive Leadership Fellowship
  • Certified American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 126,000 internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. Physicians may use "FACP"- Fellow of the American College of Physicians- after their names in recognition of this prestigious honor.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.