UTICA, N.Y. – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Eve Van de Wal was honored Friday as a 2021 New York State Woman of Distinction.
Each state senator gets to select a woman to honor each year, and Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, chose Van de Wal.
It is an honor to recognize Eve as a New York State Woman of Distinction,” Sen. Griffo said. “From her time as a nurse in the Critical Care Unit of Faxton Hospital to her current role as regional president of the Utica/North Country region for Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield, Eve has made it a priority to give back and help others. She is a positive force in the community and region and is committed to improving the lives of residents and families throughout Upstate New York."
Van de Wal is also a registered nurse and has spent 35 years working in health care and related services. She has been with BCBS since 1998.
Along with her professional work, Van de Wal is was also honored for her contributions to various community organizations, including: Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Mohawk Valley EDGE, the United Way of the Mohawk Valley, The American Heart Association, YWCA of the Mohawk Valley, Healthcare Workforce New York and the Rotary Club of Utica.
“As a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, I take great pride in working to improve the health and well-being of our members and our community,” said Van de Wal. “It is my privilege to be able to support and contribute to the efforts of the many wonderful community-based organizations we have throughout our area focused on creating positive changes that improve the quality of life for the people of our region.”
Van de Wal lives in New Hartford with her husband, Dale, and has two children.