HCSC Leadership Team


Opella Ernest, M.D.

Senior Vice President, HCSC Operations

As the senior vice president of HCSC Operations, Dr. Opella Ernest leads Service Delivery Operations, Information Technology, Health Analytics, Network Solutions and Business Management Operations.

Previously, Dr. Ernest served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer of HCSC, divisional senior vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Prior to joining the Illinois Plan, Dr. Ernest served as senior vice president of Medical Management for HealthSpring, Inc., where she was responsible for supporting care management for Medicare Advantage Plans.

Dr. Ernest is chairman of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago board of directors and a member of Chicago United’s board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a degree in medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.