Priscilla Bockelman has been with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield for six years – three years as a review nurse and three as a supervisor for Utilization Management Inpatient Clinical Review. But from day one, she has felt at home.
“I have always felt welcomed here,” she said. “From the first day of orientation, I felt like this would be my home.”
Even before applying, Priscilla knew Arkansas Blue Cross by reputation.
“My aunt and my husband were employees here,” she said, “So I knew that it was a great company to work for.”
Arkansas Blue Cross has been named one of central Arkansas’ “Top Work Places” by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and has earned a top ranking in the large business category multiple times since 2012. The company has also been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the Nation’s Best Employers of 2022 and Priscilla’s appreciation for the company has only grown during her time here.
“I feel blessed every day that I get to work for a company that values its employees,” she said. “I really can’t say enough good things about the people I work with and the job I get to do.”
It is frequently said Arkansas Blue Cross’s number one asset is its employees. And the company backs that up by investing in them. Along with tuition reimbursement, full-time employees enjoy wellness education and exercise incentives, an in-house restaurant with a health-focused menu, on-site gyms and workout spaces, and, in Priscilla’s case, an opportunity for growth and advancement.
“I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to become a supervisor in my department and further develop my management skills,” she said. “I’m thankful for a company that supports their employees through Pandemic PTO (personal time off), holiday pay, and incentive bonuses. I just really can’t say enough good things about my experiences here.”
Priscilla came to Arkansas Blue Cross from a hospital environment, a move some might think would be boring for her. But, according to Priscilla, that wasn’t the case.
“There are many tasks that I do each day that are routine, of course,” she said. “But after years of ‘excitement’ working on a medical-surgical floor in a hospital, routine is nice for me. Besides, I have great co-workers and management leaders, and I enjoy my interactions with them.”
She has so enjoyed her move to Arkansas Blue Cross that she is not shy about recommending the company to her friends.
“One of my best friends actually started working here last year,” she said. “Everyone who asks me, I tell them, ‘do it – you won’t regret it.’”