May 2012: Volume 7 : Number 5
Torchbearers recognized for generous New submarine
donations named Indiana
For their generous commitments in 2011, 186 On April 13, Secretary of the Navy
Torchbearers were honored at a ceremony at the Ray Mabus announced that one of
Governor’s Residence on April 17. The group the next five Virginia-class attack
helped the 2011 State Employee Community submarines will be named the USS
Campaign (SECC) surpass its goal and raise $1.21M. Indiana. It is the first ship named after
Torchbearers each contributed $1,000 or more to the Indiana in about 50 years.
campaign. These individuals contributed more than
$302,000, nearly 25 percent of the total amount raised. The most recent “Indiana” to serve
The 2011 campaign benefited 1,600 not-for-profit was the battleship the USS Indiana,
organizations worldwide. which decommissioned in October
Below is a special message from SECC Chairman,
Major General R. Martin Umbarger. “Prior ships carrying the names of
these five states stood as defenders
It was indeed an honor to be the Chairman of this year’s SECC program. I of freedom on the water. Now these
want to thank all State agencies and employees for their generous donations states will represent the latest and
helping support our goal of over $1.2 million. greatest technology ever assembled
to submerge below the surface and
I enjoyed meeting many of you at the Governor’s residence and being able to project power forward,” Mabus said.
personally thank you for your generous contributions. 186 State employees
gave over $1,000 each, “Torchebearers” to the campaign, you are less than ½ These next-generation attack
of one percent of State employees, Yet, you gave over 25 percent of the total
raised…you are very very special. (continued on page 4)
Thank you all so In this issue:
Governor appointments .............. 2
Very ER alternatives .......................... 5
Respectfully, Texting and walking .................. 6
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Governor names new leadership for Department of
On April 13, Governor Mitch the board of trustees of Indiana State state. Before joining DCS, he was
Daniels named Mike Alley as the University. Alley serves on a number director of corporate finance and
new commissioner of the Indiana of non-profit boards including the investment banking at Eli Lilly from
Department of Revenue and Mike Indiana State University Foundation, 1998-2006. He previously worked
Ashley as the new chief financial Boy Scouts of America, the for Eli Lilly Japan KK as director
officer of the department. Crossroads of America Council and of administration and strategy and
the United Way of Central as the director of finance operations
Alley served as Indiana. He earned his and was controller at Physio Control
president and CEO accounting degree from Corp, a Lilly Medical Devices
of Fifth Third Bank Indiana State in 1978. division in Seattle. In all, he was
of Central Indiana at Eli Lilly for more than 29 years
in Indianapolis from Ashley has more in various financial leadership
1989 through 2002. than three decades of positions. He earned his bachelor’s
He is currently experience in information degree and MBA from UCLA.
chairman and owner technology and finance,
of Patriot Investments, including various chief Alley will replace current
LLC, a company he financial officer roles. He commissioner John Eckart, who
founded in 2002. was the deputy director tendered his resignation earlier
In 2009, he was Mike Alley and chief financial officer this month but remains with the
named interim chairman and CEO for Indiana Department of Child department to assist with the
of Integra Bank Corporation in Services during the time DCS moved transition. Alley and Ashley will
Evansville, a position he held until the responsibility for child welfare begin their new duties in early May.
2011. He is the current president of financing from the counties to the
Leadership change for Department of Workforce Development
On April 17, Governor Mitch financial officer from 2000 to 2002 and moved to DWD in June 2010.
Daniels named Scott Sanders and president from At the Department of
commissioner of the Indiana 2003 to 2004. After Administration, he
Department of Workforce First Commonwealth oversaw the state’s
Development (DWD). On May 1, he was purchased participation in the
replaces Mark W. Everson, who is by Guardian Life successful 2010 census
leaving state government to accept a Insurance of and at DWD, he led
position in the private sector. Chicago, Sanders agency efforts to
remained as second bring solvency to the
Sanders is the DWD deputy vice president. He state’s unemployment
commissioner for systems earned his bachelor’s insurance trust fund. He
information and analysis, a position degree from Miami was the commissioner
he has had since July 2010. He was University and his of the Internal
the agency’s chief financial officer master’s in business Revenue Service
from November 2006 to July 2010. administration from 2003 through
He also served as the chief financial from Northwestern University’s 2007. Everson’s new role will be
officer of the Bureau of Motor J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of vice chairman of Houston-based
Vehicles from 2005 to 2006. Management. alliantgroup, LP, which provides
specialty tax services for small and
Before joining state government, Everson joined the administration in mid-sized businesses.
Sanders was with First January 2009 as the commissioner
Commonwealth, Inc, serving as chief of the Department of Administration
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Benefits Employee discounts
Is your list of Summer destinations discounts
dependents correct? The summer is almost upon us so it’s time to start planning your summer
The state of Indiana has instituted activies. Check out a few of these summer hot stops that offer a state employee
a process to verify the eligibility of discount:
dependents enrolled in the state’s
Kings Island online ticket program is
health, dental and vision plan(s),
up and running and state employees can
which helps keep plan costs down.
purchase discounted tickets. To purchase
Employees are randomly selected to
tickets through this program, please click on the link below and log into the
participate in a dependent audit
system using the username and password provided. State employees can
purchase single day discounted tickets for $28.99 for adults and $24.99 for
Please make sure that dependents
children and seniors.
enrolled in your plan are eligible.
Kings Island Ticket Link: Click Here For Savings
Notify the Benefits hotline if you
know a dependent is no longer
User Name: KIStateofINemployees
eligiblefor coverage, possibly
due to divorce or aging out. As
always, remember that it is your Six Flags St. Louis has signed state employees up
responsibility to remove ineligible for savings! Just log into the Six Flags site to buy
dependents within a timely manner tickets with substantial savings off the main gate
according to rules of a qualifying price. This online benefit program offers not only
event. substantial savings, but allows you to “print and go”
so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the
park with no waiting in line to purchase tickets.
To access your special tickets, please go to the special ticket link below, then
log into the site with the username and password provided.
Six Flags St. Louis Ticket Link: Buy Six Flags St. Louis tickets
Password (numeric & case sensitive): SixFlags8
If you experience a qualifying Check out these and other discounts here. Email SPD Communciations if you
event, you must request a change have any questions.
to your benefits within 30 calendar
days of the event and provide
required documentation. If you do
not request the change within 30
calendar days, the next opportunity
to make changes is during an open
Any questions concerning the
dependent audit should be directed
to the SPD Benefits Hotline at 317-
232-1167 (within Indianapolis) or
toll-free at 877-248-0007 (outside
Indianapolis). Click here for more
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Continued from page 1
Family Medical Leave
submarines will provide the Navy New Fiscal Year for FML starts July 1, 2012
with capabilities required to maintain Are you ready?
the nation's undersea supremacy If you currently have intermittent or reduced-schedule FML
well into the 21st century. They will approved for this fiscal year and believe that the need will extend
have enhanced stealth, sophisticated into FY 2012-13 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013), you must reapply.
surveillance capabilities and special
warfare enhancements that enable Here’s your To Do List to ensure there is no gap in coverage:
them to meet the Navy's multi-mission
p May - Visit Health Care Providers for exam, evaluation,
p June 1 - Submit new Request & Certification based
on those visits
Remember, a 30 day notice is required for foreseeable absences.
If you have FML for a chronic condition now, the need for those
absences may continue in the future. This requires a new request and
These submarines will have the
capability to attack targets ashore with Questions?
highly accurate Tomahawk cruise Call the FML Call Center at 317. 234.7955 or toll-free at 1.855.SPD.
missiles and conduct covert long-term INHR (1.855.773.4647) and choose the FML prompt.
surveillance of land areas, littoral
waters or other sea-based forces.
Other missions include anti-submarine Failure to submit documentation by June 1 may result in
and anti-ship warfare; as well as mine unauthorized leave for absences after June 30, 2012
delivery and minefield mapping. They
are also designed for special forces
delivery and support.
“It’s a proud and happy day for the
nation’s most patriotic state” said Gov.
Daniels. “We celebrate this news on
behalf of all those Hoosiers who have
served in the uniforms of the Navy
and Marine Corps, and also those
now working at the Naval Surface
Warfare Center Crane Division, whose
enormous contributions were one
of the reasons Sec. Mabus made the
decision he did.”
Each Virginia-class submarine is
7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has
a beam of 34 feet, and can operate
at more than 25 knots submerged. It
is designed with a reactor plant that
will not require refueling during the
planned life of the ship, reducing On Arbor Day, April 26, Governor Daniels plants a bur oak tree on the west lawn of
lifecycle costs while increasing the State House. The tree planted by Daniels was donated by Cardno JFNew.
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ER alternatives may save you time and money
Chances are at some point you will following warning signs: least one board certified physician.
be faced with an unexpected medical • Chest pain or pressure They often use other trained medical
situation and need to decide the • Uncontrolled bleeding staff, such as nurse practitioners, who
best place to seek treatment. The • Sudden or severe pain are certified to treat certain ailments,
emergency room used to be the • Coughing or vomiting blood and physician assistants, who
only option, especially after normal • Difficulty breathing or shortness generally work in tandem with an MD.
business hours. With the explosion of breath
of urgent care centers and retail • Sudden dizziness, weakness,\ or The wait to be seen is, on average,
clinics, patients now have more changes in vision significantly shorter. According to the
choices. However, even with so many • Severe or persistent vomiting or Urgent Care Association of America,
alternatives, emergency rooms visits diarrhea 57% of
have been on the rise, either due to • Changes in mental status, patients wait
convenience or lack of awareness. such as confusion 15 minutes
If you have a chronic condition, or less to
There are many advantages to discuss in advance with your be seen and
choosing an alternative over the primary care doctor under what about 80% of
emergency room. Emergency room circumstances you should go to all visits are
alternatives include: urgent care the ER. 60 minutes or
facilities, retail health clinics or walk- less.
in doctor visits. Cost can be one of Emergency room
the factors. According to Anthem, the alternatives A great
average ER visit costs you $800, as When to go: Emergency room resource
compared to $10 to $80 if you chose alternatives facilities are for non- available to state employees to help
a retail health clinic, doctor visit or life-threatening conditions that need you decide which option is best for
urgent care center. attention right away. These include you is the 24/7 Nurse Line (1-888-
minor traumas: cuts, sprains, eye 279-5549). NurseLine provides
According to the National Association injuries, flu, fever, insect bites and anytime, toll-free access to nurses for
of Community Health Centers, Inc., at simple fractures. Patients are usually answers to general health questions
least one-third of all emergency room seen on a walk-in basis and many and guidance with health concerns.
visits are “avoidable,” meaning non- centers have extended hours. By The nurse can help you understand
urgent or ambulatory care sensitive administering an EKG or adjusting your symptoms or explain medical
and therefore your diabetes treatments. Every caller receives
treatable in primary medication, urgent credible, reliable information from
care settings. More care centers can a registered nurse. The Nurse Line
than $18 billion are even help manage number is located on the back of your
wasted annually on a chronic health Anthem ID card.
avoidable ER visits. condition after
Emergency room hours. Typically these centers won’t IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL
EMERGENCY, IMMEDIATELY CALL 911
When to go: If you have symptoms refill maintenance medicines.
OR A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
of heart attack, stroke or feel that OR GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
your “life or limb” is in danger, go Most urgent care centers have NurseLine is available 24/7 at 888-279-5449.
immediately to the emergency room computerized radiology equipment This information is for educational purposes
(ER). Also, if you think you might be and the ability to do lab work such as only and is not a substitute for professional
medical advice. While generally accurate, these
having a medical emergency, but are a complete blood count (CBC) test statements may not be current or complete
unsure, go to the ER. or electrolyte test. They can also run and may not apply to your specific medical or
diagnostic tests for conditions such financial situation.
According to the American College as mono, strep, pregnancy, flu and Never disregard professional medical advice,
or delay seeking it, because of something you
of Emergency Physicians, you should viruses.
visit the ER if you have any of the
These care centers are staffed with at
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Texting and walking can be hazardous to health
The risks of distractions while driving public outcry. Each of the proposed crossing the street while using cell
are well-documented. So much so that bills has quietly died before becoming phones. The extra seconds needed
in 2011, Indiana joined other states by law. Illinois was the first state during to cross the street are often fatal.
passing a law that bans texting while the 2007-2008 session to consider
driving. Less attention is being paid to a ban on using a cell phone while • A University of Maryland study
using mobile devices while walking. crossing a street. Violation of this law looked at 116 serious accidents
Pedestrians, much like drivers, have was a petty offense and only carried involving people wearing
always multi-tasked by doing things a fine of $25. Also in 2007, a New headphones while walking; they
such as snacking, reading, texting or York State Senator proposed a bill to found that 70% percent of the
listening to music. When the issue is make it illegal to listen to any kind of accidents resulted in death to the
addressed, the results are typically not portable electronic device, (music or pedestrian. More than half of
conveyed as serious. video player, cell phone, smart phone, the moving vehicles involved in
gaming device, etc.), while crossing the accidents were trains (55%),
What once was displayed as slap- the street in cities such as New York, and nearly a third (29%) of the
stick comedy, now can lead to serious Albany and Buffalo. Florida and vehicles reported sounding some
accidents. While most victims simply Wisconsin have proposed similar laws type of warning horn prior to the
walk away with a bruised ego, it could but none have been signed into law. crash.
lead to both bodily and property harm.
In 2009, a more serious, but not fatal Several studies have been conducted Distracted walking is a hazard that
accident was reported in a New York on this subject. Consider the is not unique to the United States.
Daily News article. A teen fell into following: Research conducted in both Japan and
an open manhole while walking and • A study conducted by Ohio England show similar increases in this
texting. The manhole had been opened State University found that more trend. An experiment was conducted in
by a Department of Environmental than 1,000 pedestrians visited London’s busy Brick Lane which was
Protection team flushing a high- emergency rooms in 2008 because identified as the top spot for London’s
pressure sewer line, city officials said. they were distracted and tripped, 68,000 texting accidents in 2007.
fell or ran into something while Lampposts and other obstructions
“We all have a responsibility to be using a cell phone to talk or text. were wrapped and padded to minimize
aware of our surroundings to avoid an Half of the people injured were injury to pedestrians who texted and
injury to ourselves and others,” Nancy under the age of 30 and a quarter talked on cell phones as they walked.
Zemaitis, Director of the Bureau of of those were between the ages of Cameras have been installed to capture
Rehabilitation Services, said. The 16 and 20. pictures of people running into these
bureau is part of FSSA’s Division obstructions and record incident
of Disability and Rehabilitative • A study conducted by the frequency. The idea could be rolled
Services. “The Government Center is University of Birmingham focused out to other London texting hotspots if
a large building that can be difficult on injuries to children using cell this trial is successful.
to navigate. It is utilized by all types phones. The study
of people on a daily basis. Some of found that students
them are individuals with disabilities, using cell phones took
people who are elderly and children on up to 20% longer to
school trips.” cross the street than
children who were not
Several methods may be considered using a cell phone;
when assessing how to reduce the slow-crossing students
injuries associated with distracted with cell phones were
walking, including legislation, up to 43% more likely
additional research, gathering statistics to be hit by a vehicle
and public education. while crossing the
Numerous states have attempted to street; and children
restrict the use of electronic devices looked both ways 20% The ‘Metropolitan Etiquette Authority’ post this sign
while walking but have been met with fewer times when around New York City.
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Did you know 5/29 is not just another day?
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questions for every Hoosier: ensure they are in the best position to contributing regularly, Hoosiers have
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State Employee Night
FRIDA MA 11TH AT 7:15 P.M.
INDIANS VS. NORFOLK TIDES
Enjoy a special rate available only to State Employees when you
experience Baseball Up Close at Victory Field. Following the game, watch as a
spectacular display of fireworks are set off in centerfield as part of our Friday Night
post-game fireworks show every Friday night game beginning in May.
Go to IndyIndians.com to order your tickets. Enter promo code “state” in Step 3 of
5 to receive your discount
Contact Name: Phone:
City, State: Zip:
To receive discount, tickets must be ordered in advance. Payment Options:
Box Seats ($11) ___ x 11 = _________ Check MC Visa Discover
Reserved Seats ($7) ___ x 7 = _________ Credit Card #: Exp. Date:
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Order by phone at (317) 269-3545. Please send order forms to: Victory Field, Attn: MAY 11 State Employee Night, 501 W. Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225 or fax
to 317-269-3541. Any order received within ten days of the game will be left at will call for pick-up.