(December 10, 2012)
- HealthSpring founder and Cigna (NYSE:CI) executive Herb Fritch has been honored as the Most Admired CEO by the
Nashville Business Journal's inaugural Most Admired CEOs Awards. The peer-selected awards, which received over 400 nominations, recognized Fritch as the Most Admired CEO in the public company category.
Fritch, a veteran health care executive and innovative pioneer of quality-based health care, founded HealthSpring in 2000 and successfully led it to be one of the country's largest and fastest growing health service companies serving the health care needs of U.S. seniors. Under Fritch's leadership, HealthSpring has been recognized among
Fortune 500 companies and earlier this year, completed its acquisition by Cigna for $3.8 billion. Additionally, HealthSpring has made significant contributions to communities and economies in which it serves, including thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country. Fritch continues to lead HealthSpring in a strategic expansion to serve the health needs of the growing U.S. seniors market.
"I'm truly honored to be recognized with this award from my peers and local business leaders. It's a great testament to Nashville's thriving and influential business community to have such a company of leaders and I'm honored to be among them," said HealthSpring President Herb Fritch.
The inaugural event honored 27finalists in seven categories, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award. Fritch received recognition at the awards dinner held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the
Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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HealthSpring, a Cigna company, is one of the country's leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Along with its companies Bravo Health and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, HealthSpring serves more than one million customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthSpring operates health plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information, visit