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Maternal Mental Health Awareness

We invite you to join Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in recognizing Maternal Mental Health Month.  Mental and behavioral health issues affect millions of Americans, and the challenge can be even greater for those impacted by mental illness during pregnancy and postpartum. One in eight mothers experience symptoms of maternal depression.  Developing a strong support system and…Read More »

Maternal Mental Health Month – “I didn’t know I was grieving after having my son”

May is Maternal Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the mental health of every mother during and after pregnancy. Motherhood comes with many challenges, but 15-20%  of mothers experience symptoms of depression or anxiety after childbirth, better known as Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders or (PMAD).  This is the number one complication…Read More »

Overcoming challenges and reaping the benefits of a hybrid work environment

Carla Fantauzzo, business consultant in the Strategic Programs department, has spent the last 20 years of her career with the Health Plan.  A self-described “people person”, Carla does find herself missing the office setting from time to time.  However, the flexibility provided by the Health Plan’s current hybrid work environment supports Carla’s lifestyle in ways…Read More »

Volunteering at the heart of one of the area’s largest races

“It is only a few hours out of your day to make people happy.”  These are the words that drive Kathy Elthorp’s commitment to volunteerism. Her history of volunteering is quite impressive, 35 years with the Herkimer County Fair and 15 years with the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica.  But if you ask Kathy about…Read More »

Kelly can do it and have fun

Neighborhood Haven

The first day Julia Oakley moved into the building in Rochester, N.Y.’s Edgerton neighborhood that would soon be the home of her youth outreach center, she knew she was in the right spot. “Kids were just roaming the streets. They had no safe place to go. There was a girl, she was rolling down the…Read More »

Happy National Doctors’ Day: A message from Dr. Lisa Harris

I am proud and honored to recognize our team of medical, dental, and behavioral health professionals at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the many physician partners we work with all throughout New York state during National Doctors’ Day! This is a special time to recognize their role and responsibility in serving all people through constant dedication…Read More »

My LifeTime Story: Balancing Caregiving with Work

“I am very lucky that I work for a company that recognizes me as a person and not just a number,” says Victoria Graham, FQM Business Process Manager, at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Trust Victoria has worked in the finance department since 2016, in varies job roles, but what has remained constant is that she has…Read More »

No Meeting Thursdays

Love them or hate them, I am sure that we all can agree that meetings take up a big block of time during our workday. In 2020, our company instituted No Meeting Thursdays or NMT days, that are scheduled the first and third Thursday every month. The intent of “No Meeting Thursday” was to help stop meeting…Read More »