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BlueCross CEO resigns effective immediately after DWI arrest

Patrick Hugh Conway

RALEIGH, N.C. — Patrick Hugh Conway, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, has resigned effective immediately following his crash and impaired driving arrest, according to a statement from BCBSNC.

Conway was charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, civil revocation of driver’s license, two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and reckless driving with wanton disregard.

BCBSNC previously announced in a statement that, despite the charges, Conway would stay on as president and CEO.

Earlier Wednesday, the North Carolina insurance commissioner called for Conway’s resignation.

The crash happened on Interstate 85 in Randolph County earlier this summer.

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina released the following statement regarding Conway’s resignation:

Immediately following Dr. Conway’s accident, the BlueCross NC Board of Trustees began reviewing and monitoring the situation, with the help of outside counsel and other experts. As a part of its work, the specially convened committee of the Board reviewed public records and officer affidavits regarding the accident and arrest. However, new details have come to light, particularly notes from the arresting officers and contents from their investigative files of which the board was unaware. Based on this, the Board of Trustees gathered today to reexamine the situation and determine a course of action.

The BlueCross NC Board of Trustees has asked Dr. Conway for his resignation. Dr. Conway accepted the request and has issued his resignation effective immediately.

As a mission-driven organization, BlueCross NC is committed to doing business with honesty, integrity and fairness. The details that recently emerged related to Dr. Conway’s arrest depict behavior that falls short of our standards. Despite Dr. Conway’s many successes during his tenure at BlueCross NC, we feel that our constituents are best served by naming an interim CEO and beginning a formal search for a permanent replacement.

As such, Chief Operating Officer Gerald Petkau will be the interim Chief Executive Officer of BlueCross NC, effective immediately. We are confident that the transition will be smooth, and that Gerald Petkau will continue to lead the fight to improve the quality of health services, lower costs, and deliver an overall exceptional experience for our members.

We hope that this action begins to rebuild a trusting relationship with our regulators and customers.

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