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YWCA Honors BlueCross Retiree Who Oversaw Company’s Hurricane Relief Program

May 31, 2006

Columbia, S.C. -- The YWCA of the Midlands recently honored a BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina retiree who played a key role in the company’s support of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Columbia.

Jean Suber Smith was inducted into the prestigious TWIN Academy at the YWCA of the Midlands’ 27th Annual Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Awards in Columbia.

Every year, the YWCA honors women from the Midlands of South Carolina for their contributions to their profession and to their community. The YWCA TWIN Academy was established in 1987 to recognize women who have previously received the TWIN Diamond Award and continue to excel in professional endeavors and in their contributions to their community.

"Jean Suber-Smith retired from BlueCross BlueShield and yet continues to contribute to her profession as well as to her community," according to a YWCA statement. "Jean was a key player in the BlueCross BlueShield sponsored project created to assist hurricane Katrina evacuees. She joins a very distinguished group of women that have been inducted into the Academy."

Suber-Smith retired as a vice president with BlueCross in 2004.

BlueCross supported as many as 147 New Orleans residents who evacuated to Columbia following Hurricane Katrina last year. Suber-Smith helped coordinate daily BlueCross volunteers who assisted the Katrina guests in a variety of needs for several months. By January, some 40 remained and were moved into apartments and many found jobs at BlueCross and elsewhere.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.

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