published Sunday, July 10th, 2011

2 at BlueCross named managers

Dr. Inga Himelright has been named chief medical officer and Elaine Manieri has been named to head the pharmacy management team at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Himelright, who previously served as associate chief medical officer, will be vice president and chief medical officer of the total health management division at BlueCross.

In her role, Himelright will oversee programs for the insurer’s commercial and Medicare Advantage operations.

“Inga has proven her extensive leadership skills and health care insight in support of our many health performance and improvement initiatives,” said Henry Smith, senior vice president of operations for BlueCross.

“She has played a vital role in strengthening our medical policy development and advancing customer relationships as our medical representative.”

Prior to joining BlueCross, Himelright was at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and was vice president and medical director.

Himelright still serves as a clinical associate professor in the department of medicine, where she’s been the recipient of the London Award for Teaching as well as a special appreciation award.

Himelright is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health eValue8 Advisory Panel. She is also a member of the BlueCross Tennessee Health Foundation, the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Center for Patient Safety Advisory Council, and the Better Birth Outcomes Advisory Committee.

Manieri will assume responsibility for managing the company’s pharmacy programs. She will focus efforts on engaging pharmacists across the state to achieve better patient outcomes.

“Elaine brings a wealth of experience with her to BlueCross and has shown an ability to manage and grow the departments she has directed in the past,” Smith said.

Manieri joins BlueCross with more than 25 years of experience, both as a pharmacist and as a manager and director of programs. Most recently she was vice president of clinical product management for CVS Caremark in Hunt Valley, Va. In addition, she has worked as a senior consultant at Sevon Associates, the director of pharmacy services at Keystone Mercy Health Plan and as a pharmacist account manager for First Health Services in Pennsylvania.

Kelley joins Leitner, Williams

Attorney Amanda E. Kelley has joined the Chattanooga office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC.

Kelley is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Wake Forest University School of Law.

She is a member if the Tennessee and Chattanooga bar associations and the Defense Research Institute. Her outside activities include Junior League of Chattanooga, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Committee and the Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae group.

She works in insurance defense litigation.

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