News Releases - 2012

March 8, 2012

Leonard R. Hernandez Joins Board of Directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Leonard R. Hernandez, Elkhart, recently joined the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors. Hernandez was selected to fill a vacant position on the board until the annual policyholders meeting May 10 at which time he will be eligible to be elected to fulfill the unexpired term on the board.

The state’s largest health insurer is governed by a 16-member board of directors, which represents individual and group policyholders. Collectively, board members have experience in business, finance, investments, education, human resources, medicine and hospital administration.

Hernandez brings more than 20 years in hospital administration to his position on the board, serving the past nine years as chief executive officer of Morton County Health System, Elkhart. He previously served as administrator at Holton Community Hospital, Plainville Rural Hospital District #1 and Wichita County Health Center, Leoti. The earlier years of his career were spent managing the radiology departments at Memorial Hospital, Manhattan, and Kearny County Hospital, Lakin.

Hernandez, who holds a bachelor’s in health care administration from Century University, is currently chairman of the board of the Kansas Hospital Association and chairman of the Health Alliance of Kansas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. He is a native of Lakin and currently resides in Elkhart.

Other members of the BCBSKS Board of Directors are: Gary D. Shorman, chairman, Hays; Steve W. Sloan, vice chairman, Pittsburg; James M. Alley, III, D.D.S., Wichita; Leon J. Boor, Abilene; Andrew C. Corbin, Topeka; Robin R. LacKamp, Concordia; Diane L. Lee, Hutchinson; Steven D. Marsh, Wichita; Edward J. Miller, Iola; Louis E. “Gene” Mosiman, Topeka; Robert L. Mullen, Lyons; Thomas C. Simpson, M.D., Sterling; Susan M. Smith, Wichita; Cathy Mih Taylor, M.D., Chanute; and Kenneth W. Winter, Dodge City.

For 70 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit

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