Blue Cross, Sen. Frist prepare citizens for biological attacks

From Staff Reports

   BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee and U.S. Sen. Bill Frist have joined forces in an effort to educate and prepare citizens about the increasing risks and potential dangers of biological attacks.
   Beginning this month, BlueCross will distribute copies of Frist's bioterrorism book, "When Every Moment Counts," to state health officials involved in preparing for and responding to biological and chemical attacks. The books will also be made available to BlueCross members across the state.
   "Everyone has concerns about bioterrorism," said Vicky Gregg, CEO-elect for BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee. "It's our hope that with the proper information, some fears can be alleviated, and that we, as a state, can better prepare to detect and respond to the threat. BlueCross takes its role in public health seriously and is working hard to ensure the well-being of all our citizens."
   Frist's book provides answers to hundreds of questions concerning bioterrorism. With a direct question and answer approach, the book provides basic and useful information on risks, effects and methods of protection from biological and chemical attack.
   Frist, a physician and leading congressional voice on bioterrorism, wrote the book in response to the anthrax attacks of October 2001. From his perspective as a surgeon, senator and parent, Frist attempts to offer some security in an increasingly uncertain world.
   "BlueCross is proud to partner with Sen. Frist in distributing this resource and equipping communities and families with the knowledge they need to protect themselves," Gregg said.
   BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee is the state's leader in health care financing. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based nonprofit company serves more than 4.3 million people.