Regence celebrates 100 years

Regence BlueShield celebrated its centennial anniversary last week on June 2.

“Regence is a homegrown company with a 100-year legacy serving the Pacific Northwest,” said Scott Powers, President of Health Plan Operations. “From an innovative idea born in the timber mills in 1917, where loggers decided to pool their earnings to take care of each other’s medical needs, we’re now celebrating our centennial as the state’s first health plan; and more importantly, our guiding principle of neighbor helping neighbor. Regence’s heritage, and the employees who make it possible, bring me enormous pride as we lead the health care industry by focusing on innovations centered around people and their families. We continue to forge new paths in health care to deliver a more personalized and consumer-centric experience. Together with our members and communities, we aim to continue building and driving change, taking us into the next 100 years.”

Photos courtesy of Cambia Health Solutions

The health plan was founded in Tacoma and was originally called the Pierce County Medical and Surgical Services Bureau. Now, Regence serves more than 2.4 million members in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

In honoring this milestone, Regence is hosting a Month of Giving in August where all employees will receive four hours of paid time off to volunteer with the charity of their choice. Regence is also extending their employee giving campaign to last the full month of August and will match contributions by 50 percent, up to $10,000.

Regence will also publish an economic impact report this month to evaluate their impact on the region and to assess how to strengthen their efforts to drive a more person-focused, economically sustainable health care system.