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Bee-hind the Journey – Blue KC Hive Rebuilds

By BlueKC | Aug 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been an interesting past few months for the Blue KC beehive, with a number of ups and downs. After the initial success of Kansas City’s first corporate-sponsored urban beekeeping effort, the hive collapsed last winter. Unfortunately, colony collapse disorder is occurring increasingly often, in places around the globe, and no one is sure why…

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July 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Derrik Wiggins

By BlueKC | Jul 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

When asked about his proudest accomplishments in teaching, Derrik Wiggins responded, “Becoming a teacher.” Just four years into his profession, our July Blue KC Sporting Samaritan has earned the distinction of becoming one of the youngest teachers ever to be named Kansas City Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Wiggins teaches third grade at Carver…

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Bee-hind the Scenes with Blue KC Beekeepers

By BlueKC | Jun 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

Our Blue KC employees have some pretty interesting hobbies— but one in particular has the office buzzing. Three of our employees all have personal beehives at home. We took a moment to chat with them about their passion for beekeeping and how they became interested in it! Susan An Executive Assistant at Blue KC, Susan Pitts has always…

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Honoring Blue KC Dads

By BlueKC | Jun 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

In honor of Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) we’re recognizing a few of the awesome dads at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) by sharing their stories and what they love most about being a dad. Andy Andy Henry works in the Operations department and has worked at Blue KC for…

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June 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Victoria Dunn

By BlueKC | Jun 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hogan Preparatory Academy biology teacher and coach Victoria Dunn encourages her students and players in the classroom, on the court and in their everyday lives. When she arrived at Hogan Prep, Dunn saw an opening for a basketball coach position and jumped at it. “As a new teacher, coaching allowed me to build stronger relationships…

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Healthy People, Healthy Economies

By BlueKC | May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Many top experts in research have long believed in a strong connection between the health of a population and the health of its respective economy. A recent Health of America report from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) took a closer look at those links to see if a typical person’s health…

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Bee-hind the Journey – The Blue KC Beehive

By BlueKC | May 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

When Kyle Williams was hired as head chef at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), he had a request: hire a staff of 10,000. Blue KC was on board. And nearly a year and a half later the Blue KC beehive—Kansas City’s first corporate-sponsored hive— was installed at its headquarters downtown.…

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Honoring Blue KC Moms

By BlueKC | May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In honor of Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) we’re recognizing just a few of the amazing moms at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and sharing their stories, advice and what they love most about being a mom. Janet Janet Heinitz-Smith works in the IT department and has a daughter Yvonne…

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May 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Larry Benson

By BlueKC | May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of Larry Benson’s mottos is: You can accomplish anything through time and dedication. As a former college athlete, he should know. Since 2002, Benson has taught and coached thousands of students in elementary, middle and high school. Currently, he brings his enthusiasm and expertise to his job at Shawnee Mission School District’s Trailridge Middle…

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April 2017 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Dr. Rick Pribyl

By BlueKC | Apr 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

For Dr. Rick Pribyl, an English teacher and soccer coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School and April’s Blue KC Sporting Samaritan, the easiest way to understand his unique impact is to read quotes from his former students. “Helpful and compassionate.” “I have never learned more than in his class.” “The most awesome, kind-hearted person…

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