June 28, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Appoints Two

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has named Kathy Dufour vice president of IT Application Services and Dr. William Freeman as medical director.

Kathy Dufour comes to Blue Cross from Science Applications International Corporation in New Orleans, where for the last two years she has been vice president and director of business systems delivery. In an IT career dating back to 1995, she has also worked for Amgen, Inc., of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and K.Tek Systems, Inc., of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Dufour received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Dr. William Freeman previously was the associate program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at LSU’s Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Before that, Freeman was the emergency department director at University Medical Center in Lafayette and chief medical officer for C&M Medical Services in Metairie.

A Louisiana native and 1994 graduate of the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Freeman did his residency in LSU’s Earl K. Long Emergency Medicine Program in Baton Rouge. In 2007, he received a master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University in New Orleans. In his new role at Blue Cross, Freeman will lend his expertise to programs in pharmacy, case and utilization management and fraud investigations.

Freeman is a fellow of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He is a fellow and past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Freeman sits on the board of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network, which is designing a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness (such as heart attack and stroke). He is on the clinical teaching faculties of the LSU and Tulane schools of medicine.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is governed by a Louisiana Board of Directors.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices around the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

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