I’m always in awe of the intelligence and credentials of the people I work with on a day-to-day basis at Blue Cross. A great example is Dr. Vindell Washington, our chief medical officer.

We’re talking about a guy who cut his teeth in emergency medicine, including stints with the military. He then served in the Obama administration as the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Now, he’s investing his immense talent and experience into making Louisiana healthier.

How’s he going to lead that effort? I sat down with Dr. Washington recently to talk about the things that plague our state and how Blue Cross can help our friends and neighbors live a happier and healthier life here in Louisiana. Here’s the interview for you to view. My “sum it up” quote:

“Health is a long-term play. Pay attention to your diet and exercise, don’t smoke. What we’re really trying to do is to keep people healthy, and that takes a community effort to get that done. It can be a lonely endeavor if you don’t have friends and family to help; we want to partner with you and help you to move forward to better health!”