Robert G. Norton and Randy A. Wyrofsky Elected to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Board of Directors

(Providence, RI, 5.13.2010)
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced the election of Robert G. Norton and Randy A. Wyrofsky to its board of directors.

Robert G. Norton, president and CEO, North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass., brings 35 years of healthcare system management experience to the BCBSRI board. His background includes an extensive record of achievement in leading major academic medical and community hospital organizations through significant growth initiatives and financial challenges. Prior to North Shore Medical Center, Norton held top leadership positions at five other major hospital systems, including Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital, both in Boston. Additionally, he served in a range of executive roles with Rhode Island Hospital.

A strong advocate for aggressive medical expense trend reduction and changing the healthcare delivery system, Norton is a member of the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Hospital Association and was chairman of the board from 2007 to 2008. Additionally, he was an active participant in the team that led the Massachusetts Healthcare Reform effort resulting in expanded coverage for Massachusetts residents. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in biomedical engineering and received a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Norton is credentialed as a Board-Certified Healthcare Executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a resident of Manchester by the Sea, Mass.

Randy A. Wyrofsky is a founding partner of the investing and consulting firm The Catalyst Group, L.L.C. and possesses more than 30 years of experience as a senior finance professional. His extensive experience includes successfully managing all financial operations for The Jean Coutu Group, a major retail organization that grew from two stores to the fourth leading drug store chain in the United States. He served as chief financial officer and treasurer of the organization, which operated 1,850 stores under the Brooks Pharmacy and Eckerd Pharmacy banners. While there, Wyrofsky served as the lead financial executive in the acquisition of Eckerd Drug Stores and oversaw the financial system conversion to a common platform.

Previously, Wyrofsky was principal of M.R. Weiser & Co., a top-ranking New York City-based accounting firm, where he served as a lead auditor. Additionally, he was an audit manager at Toche Ross & Co. for several years.

Among his broad list of associations and affiliations, Wyrofsky is a former member of the board of trustees and co-chair of the finance committee for the Visiting Nurses Association of New England, and served as a member of the board of directors of Domestic Bank. Currently, he is an adjunct professor for both undergraduate and MBA-level courses at the University of Rhode Island. Wyrofsky received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. He lives in Coventry, R.I.

"We are excited to welcome such exceptional professionals to our board of directors," said James E. Purcell, BCBSRI president and CEO. "Both Mr. Norton and Mr. Wyrofsky bring important experience and expertise that will advance the company's transformation and help to lead healthcare reform in Rhode Island."

Norton and Wyrofsky are equally eager to begin serving on BCBSRI's board and help the organization achieve its goals.

"I look forward to leveraging my successes in healthcare management to benefit BCBSRI and its members," said Norton. "BCBSRI is uniquely positioned to improve healthcare at the local level, and I'm excited to be part of an organization that will make this happen."

Wyrofsky added, "As a businessman and resident of Rhode Island, I have a personal interest in helping to moderate the rising costs of healthcare in the state. I am eager to offer my expertise in finance to the BCBSRI board of directors to help improve the affordability of healthcare."

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and now covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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