Florida Blue Offers Bilingual Grief Counseling to South Florida Community

Posted on Jan 7th 2017 by Doug Bartel

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Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering support to its employees and to local residents affected by the recent tragic event at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The company is providing the community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514.

The grief counselor support is free of charge to anyone in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and is available to both English and Spanish-speaking individuals. The help line is available to affected individuals whether or not they are Florida Blue members. 


About New Directions Behavioral Health Founded in 1995, New Directions helps people live healthy, balanced lives. The fast-growing health care company provides managed behavioral health services, an employee assistance program (EAP), organizational consulting, and health coaching to private and public health plans, Fortune 100 companies, large and medium employers, and labor groups. For more information, visit ndbh.com. 

About Florida Blue Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has more than 5 million health care members. 15.5 million people in 16 states are served through its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.FloridaBlue.com.

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Doug Bartel

Doug Bartel serves as Senior Director of Business Development and Media Relations for Florida Blue – the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan. In his role, Bartel is responsible for Business Development, Communications as well as Media and Community Relations in an 8-county region from the Keys north to the Treasure Coast. Bartel brings with him more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, marketing, public affairs, broadcast journalism and non-profit organizations. Before joining Florida Blue, Bartel served as President and Creative Director of Excel Communications Group, a consulting firm specializing in Marketing, Public Relations and Media Relations for local, state and national non-profits. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the television news industry as a producer, executive producer and as a reporter/anchor where he earned two distinguished Emmy Awards. Bartel serves on the Board of, and is active in, a variety of charitable, civic and professional organizations across South Florida. He holds a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida, and an M.B.A. in Healthcare from the University of Miami.

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