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IBC CEO Daniel Hilferty receives Heart of Philadelphia Award from American Heart Association

Hilferty recognized for his dedication to improving community health

Philadelphia, PA - February 10, 2012 - Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, will accept the Heart of Philadelphia Award tomorrow evening, February 11, from the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. More than 750 business professionals are expected to attend the annual gala at the Philadelphia Marriot.

The award is given to a local community leader who is passionate about health issues, dedicated to serving the greater Philadelphia community, and exemplifies the true "heart" of Philadelphia. Past recipients include Governor Edward G. Rendell; Manuel N. Stamatakis, chairman and CEO of Capital Management Enterprises, Inc.; and Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Dan has spent most of his career leading organizations dedicated to helping millions of people live healthier lives," said Jason Feuerman, board chair, American Heart Association. "He has also dedicated countless hours of his personal time to helping others through his work for many charitable, educational, and professional organizations. Dan cares enormously about this region and is a role model for anyone who aspires to excel in community service."

"Nothing is more important to the success and growth of our community than the health and well-being of the people who live and work here. I'm also grateful for the opportunities I've had to contribute to the work of many organizations and programs dedicated to helping people live healthier lives," said Hilferty. "I'm honored to receive this prestigious award, and I'm proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association, whose work to reduce the pain and suffering of heart disease and prevent this debilitating illness is second to none. The real heroes are those who battle heart disease every day."

Deeply committed to our region, Hilferty lends his time and expertise as a board member to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. Hilferty is also a member of the board of trustees of Drexel Neumann Academy and Saint Joseph's University, where he serves as vice chair.

Hilferty has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications, and education. He joined Independence Blue Cross in January 2010 after a successful tenure as president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, a Medicaid managed care company serving 4 million people nationwide.

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 3.1 million people. For 74 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 and Blue Shield Association. Visit us at ibx.com. Fan us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @ibx.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate protecting public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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