Health Insurance Executive Daniel J. Hilferty III ’78 to Receive Shield of Loyola

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (September 12, 2017) — Daniel J. Hilferty III ’78, the president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross (Independence), one of the nation’s leading health insurance organizations, will receive the Shield of Loyola at Saint Joseph’s Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.  Register>

The former vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Hilferty is the 37th recipient of the Shield of Loyola, which is bestowed upon a distinguished alumnus for remarkable professional success, a life reflective of the values of St. Ignatius Loyola and unparalleled loyalty to the University. 

“Dan is a passionate leader whose vision for American health care has earned him national recognition," says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “Throughout his career, he has kept a sharp focus on service —to his alma mater, his industry, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the city and his country. He is a model for our students and is deserving of this honor."

Since Hilferty became CEO in 2010, Independence and its affiliates have tripled their patient rolls to more than 8.5 million in 25 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania, which makes Independence the region’s largest health insurer. Hilferty also serves as board chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of America, which provides insurance to more than 105 million Americans.

A sought-after speaker on leadership, transforming health care and the role of technology and big data, Hilferty is among a select group of the nation’s nonpartisan health care leaders called upon by government officials for advice on health care reform. He has built business collaborations with world-renowned institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania to conduct cutting-edge research and has partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and other leaders in health care to invest in dynamic health care companies. Hilferty served as the finance chair of the host committee when Philadelphia welcomed the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and co-chair of the executive leadership cabinet of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015. An alumnus of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Hilferty serves on a number of civic and corporate boards, including America’s Health Insurance Plans, Tandigm Health, BCS Financial, FS Investment Corporation III, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. He’s served on numerous University boards including the Haub School’s Board of Governors and advisory board of the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics.

Hilferty has been recognized with a number of awards from his alma mater, including an honorary doctorate in 2016; the 2008 Haub School of Business Hall of Fame Award when he was president and CEO of AmeriHealth Mercy; and the 1998 Ignatius Award, the Alumni Association’s young alumni service recognition. He earned his accounting degree from Saint Joseph’s and a master’s degree in public administration from American University. Hilferty and his wife, Joan, reside in Ardmore and have five children, Coeli, Maris ’09, Dan, John and Matt. He joins James J. Maguire Jr. ’84Anthony A. Nichols Sr. ’67 and Joseph J. Oakes III ’64 as the most recent Shield of Loyola honorees.


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