CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Being the first employer in North Carolina with a back-up childcare center is high on the list of reasons Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was named a 2007 Best Company for Working Mothers today by the national Working Mother magazine.  
Flexibility and family-friendly policies were key criteria for the designation as one of the 100 Best Companies in the nation. In addition to the pioneer back-up childcare center located on the company’s Durham campus, BCBSNC offers employees an on-site health clinic, nurse practitioner services, on-site degree programs and state-of-the-art fitness centers in the Triangle and Triad.  
Jessica Kelly of Durham is one of over 1,100 BCBSNC working moms. She has three children, ranging in age from 16 months to four years.  
“As a pregnant mom, I took advantage of our on-site nurse practitioner services and talked constantly with my case manager who alerted me to the many resources available on-site such as: mothers rooms, the hospital grade pump, lactation consultants and educational material. With the arrival of the Bright Horizons Transition program, the return to work after the second child was made a lot easier,” Kelly said.  
“BCBSNC recognizes the value of family life and we have a strong commitment to a positive work and life balance,” said Bob Greczyn, President and CEO. “We focus on attracting and retaining high quality employees though our benefit offerings, choices that enrich their work, their personal lives and their future. To be listed among the 100 Best companies in the nation by Working Mother magazine is very gratifying.”  
Methodology:  BCBSNC was selected for the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list based on an extensive application of 575 questions.  The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child-care and flexibility programs, leave policies and more.  It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.  Seven areas were measured and scored:  workforce profile, compensation, childcare, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture.  For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to flexibility and family-friendly policies.   
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About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.5 million members, including approximately 820,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 74 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online   
About Working Mother:
Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career mothers. Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. The publication also releases the annual list of the Best Companies For Multicultural Women in the June issue. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media (WMM), which also owns the National Association For Female Executives (NAFE), NAFE Magazine, the annual 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, as well as the Best Companies for Multicultural Women Conference and regional Town Halls. In 2006, WMM acquired Diversity Best Practices, the preeminent organization for diversity thought leaders.