Cardinal Health announced today that its board of directors has elected Patricia A. Hemingway Hall, president and chief executive officer of Health Care Service Corp. (HCSC), as an independent director, effective Sept. 12.

"We are extremely pleased that Pat is joining our board of directors," said George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Pat has had a distinguished career, and we know that she'll make tremendous contributions to our board. Pat's experience in leading large and complex businesses, combined with her health care and payor knowledge, will be particularly relevant as health care continues to evolve. We are excited to welcome Pat to the Cardinal Health board."

Hemingway Hall has served as president and CEO of HCSC, the nation's fourth largest health insurer, since 2008. Previously, she served as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and as president and chief operating officer of HCSC.  Beginning in 1975 as a critical care nurse, her career has included a number of executive leadership positions with health care services companies, including Aetna Life & Casualty/Partners National Health Plans and A. Foster Higgins.

She has received numerous recognitions for her leadership in the health care industry, most recently being included among the top 25 on Modern Healthcare magazine's 2013 "100 Most Influential People in
Healthcare" list.

Hemingway Hall serves on the boards for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, Health Care Leadership Council, and Manpower Group. She also serves on the boards of the National Institute for Health Care Management, Economic Club of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and Chicago Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. Hemingway Hall is chairwoman of Chicago United, an executive advisor for the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council and a Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

She earned a master's degree in public health, health planning and administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of science in nursing from Michigan State University.