A quarterly publication for members of the Scott & White Health Plan
In This Edition...
Allergy season takes a toll: PAGE 2
Tips to lower blood pressure: PAGE 2
Medication safety tips: PAGE 3
Yoga - For the mind and body: PAGE 4
Why is it such a headache?: PAGE 5
Pork Loin BBQ : PAGE 6
Healthy skin tips: PAGE 7
How much caffeine is in your drink: PAGE 7
New leader at the SWHP: PAGE 8
OBESITY: THE NEXT DEADLY EPIDEMIC
By: Scott Clark and cardiovascular disease, including increase in muscle mass as well. The
strokes. Obesity also is a major factor for National Institutes of Health says anyone
Obesity is crowding more than just increased risk of developing diabetes, with a BMI of 25 or above is considered
Texas waistlines; it is quickly overtaking which the CDC says is the sixth leading “at-risk” of being obese. An example would
tobacco as the number one avoidable cause cause of death. be someone who is 5 feet 4 inches in
of death in America. Inactivity and If there is any doubt about how inac- height and 145 pounds. At that height any-
unhealthy eating habits are leading to tivity and poor diet choices affect our one with a BMI of 30 and higher is consid-
more and more deaths each year, accord- health, a doctor who has conducted med- ered obese.
ing to a study released this year by the ical missions in China for a decade has Here is the good news: we can
Centers for Disease Control and seen the results first hand in that country. change our behavior and reverse this
Prevention. “In the 10 years I have been going to trend.
How large is the problem? The CDC Beijing (the capital city of China), I have Choose low-fat, lean foods from the
reports that over two-thirds of adults in seen the people become more and more five major food groups. Eat sensible por-
this country are overweight. Westernized,” says Don Wilson, M.D., tions, and use fats, oils, sweets and salt
For Texas the news is particularly chair of Scott & White’s and The Texas sparingly. Exercise moderately on a regu-
disappointing. Of states that report on the A&M University System College of lar basis. Learn about the food you eat
prevalence of obesity, Texas is fifth from Medicine departments of pediatrics, who and the positive effects you can receive
the bottom. Only Mississippi, West is just back from his most recent medical from maintaining some simple physical
Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana had obesi- mission to China. “With the combination activity.
ty rates greater than Texas. of fast food and lack of exercise, and The Scott & Health Plan now offers
“This is tragic,” says Julie because they are getting rid of the bicycles members a tool on the web site that can
Gerberding, M.D., director of the CDC and and taking mass transit and cars, I think help you understand weight control (refer
one of the authors of the study. “Our worst their problem with cardiovascular disease to page 7 for Balance® weight loss pro-
fears were confirmed.” is going to go way up, and diabetes has gram). According to the Lifestyle
The Rand Corporation, a non-profit already started.” Management Program “successful weight
research organization, released findings Texans are learning new terms when management follows when you under-
from a separate study and is calling this tackling the issue of healthy weight as stand how to balance the three basics:
weight gain trend an epidemic. Rand opposed to overweight. The “body mass mind, body, and food. It’s about under-
found that as the whole population index” (BMI) is the ratio between your standing how your body uses calories,
becomes heavier, the extreme category— height and weight, and is a quick indicator then balancing calories consumed and
the severely obese— is growing the fastest. of appropriate weight for a person. BMI is energy spent.” Go to swhp.org and select
This study found that one out of every 400 a reliable indicator of a person’s total body the Lifestyle Management Program to reg-
men was severely obese. Rand says the fat, which is related to the risk of disease ister and learn about ideas to help attain
typical man in this group weighs 373 and death. and keep a healthy weight.
pounds and is 5 feet 10 inches tall. What is the difference between over- Sources:
The danger for Texans is threefold; weight and obese? Obese implies excess www.jama.ama-assn.org
like tobacco use, obesity and inactivity body fat, where simply being overweight www.cdc.gov
increase the risks for heart disease, cancer www.rand.org
(for height/age/sex) can result from an
Insights, June 2004 www.swhp.org
Allergy season takes a toll on the population
spores are light and microscopic in size,
By: Scott Clark immune system eventually creates and
releases a number of chemicals. One of and the plentiful breezes across our region
these is histamine, which may cause move them about. Spring through fall
inflammation in the nose and airways, is recognized as the typical mold allergy
itchy and red eyes, sneezing, and other season.
symptoms. How to tell the difference between
Outdoor allergies are generally a an allergy and a cold
hypersensitivity to airborne pollens from According to David R. Weldon, M.D., a
grasses and trees, as well as molds. Indoor Scott & White allergist and the director of
allergies can include sensitivity to animal Allergy and Pulmonary Lab Services at the
dander, house dust mites and molds. For Scott & White Clinic in Bryan/College
this article, we will discuss outdoor Station, there is a clear difference between
allergies. an allergy and a cold. “A cold is an infec-
Seasons for outdoor allergies tious condition caused by a virus that
In Central Texas, we experience sea- starts with a scratchy sore throat and then
sons for many common allergies. produces lots of clear drainage but without
Hay fever, perhaps the most common, itching,” says Dr. Weldon. “In both situa-
is sensitivity to the light, airborne pollens tions you can have a cough, sore throat and
Like complaining about the weather, from the different varieties of ragweed and runny nose, but the cold will go away in a
more and more Central Texans are com- grasses. It is most prevalent in the spring week or so. Allergy symptoms will continue
plaining about allergies. With the season- and fall. for several weeks.”
al change from winter to spring and now The notorious cedar fever strikes its Dr. Weldon points out that several
to summer, many of us will be experienc- victims anytime from October to May but allergies can develop that carry from one
ing symptoms of allergies. is most vicious from December to season to another, causing some people to
What are allergies? February, when mountain cedar hits a peak have allergic reactions throughout the
Allergies are generally a hypersensi- in its pollination cycle. The mountain year.
tivity to some type of allergen, a sub- cedar is the most allergenic tree in Central With proper care from your physician
stance that may cause sneezing, watery Texas. When the pollinating season is in and by educating yourself about the cause
eyes, itching, rashes, coughing and full swing, the male plant releases large and effects of allergies particular to you or
wheezing. amounts of pollen. When a breeze blows your family, you can take steps to reduce
When working properly, the immune through the branches it is common to see your exposure to airborne allergens. For
system fights illness by attacking harmful the pollen rise into the air in what looks more information on allergies, visit the
bacteria and viruses that may be invading like a cloud of smoke. Scott & White Health Plan website at
From February to late May, oak trees www.swhp.org.
the body. However, the immune system of
someone suffering from allergies identi- can shed an amazing amount of pollen. Sources:
fies a normally harmless substance, such Early April is often the peak portion of the
as pollen or dust, as a harmful intruder oak allergy season.
that must be destroyed. In the complex Airborne Mold spores round out the
process of fighting this “threat,” the top four of our outdoor allergies. Mold
Tips to lower high blood
Vitamin E – Tocopherol pressure – Hypertension
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant to protect body tis- ✱ Maintain a healthy weight.
sue from damage from free radicals (unstable sub- ✱ Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat
stances). It also aids in the formation of red blood dairy products.
cells and use of Vitamin K (needed for blood clotting ✱ Reduce sodium (salt) intake to 1,500 mg daily (1,200 mg of sodium is
and maintaining strong bones). about a half a teaspoon).
The latest in research indicates that Vitamin E may ✱ Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day (5 days a week).
help in slowing down the advancement of macular ✱ Limit alcohol consumption. For men limit to 2 drinks per day (24 oz
degeneration in the eyes, prevent coronary heart dis- beer, 10 oz wine, or 3 oz 80-proof whiskey) and 1 drink per day for women (12
ease and reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. oz beer, 5 oz wine, or 1.5 oz 80-proof whiskey).
Sources of Vitamin E include: spinach, other leafy ✱ If you smoke, stop.
vegetables, olives, wheat germ, corn, nuts, asparagus ✱ Know your blood pressure goals.
and vegetable oils (such as corn oil, sunflower oil, cot- Systolic Diastolic
tonseed oil, and soybean oil). Normal <130 <85
Recommended daily allowance for adults per day is High Normal 130-139 85-89
15 milligrams for both men and women. High Blood Pressure
Source: Time A to Z Health Guide, Special Reference Stage 1 140-159 90-99
Edition 2003. Stage 2 160-179 100-109
Stage 3 >180 >110
www.swhp.org Insights, June 2004
Don't let back pain
Medication safety tips get in the way of the
By: Sharon Clark If your refill medication looks
David Hackethorn, M.D. different, do not take it until you
can verify with the pharmacist if
things you enjoy!
Due to the risk of medication errors, it it is correct.
is very important to become an active par- Know the cost of your medica- Scott & White Health Plan is pleased to
ticipant in your medical care. Your doctor tion(s). invite you to participate in HealthMedia®
can safely prescribe medications only if he Ask about any prescription sav- Care™ for Your Back, a revolutionary back
or she understands what you are taking. ings through drug company dis- pain management program from
Participate actively in your healthcare count plans. HealthMedia®. This program will take a
and medication safety by: ✱ Doing the Do’s look at your experience with back pain,
✱ Informing your doctor about all med- Try to get all prescriptions filled your risk factors, how your job and daily
ications you are taking including: at one pharmacy. Most pharma- activities affect your back, and your con-
Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs, cies have computer systems that cerns about back problems. After getting
such as pain medications, cold prepara- store your medication informa- to know you, Care for Your Back will cre-
tions, laxatives, etc. tion. The pharmacist can counsel ate a one-of-a-kind back health plan just
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✱ Informing your doctor about any Take your medications in a well- gies, videos, pictures, and exercises
allergies to foods or drugs. lighted area where labels can be designed to help you successfully care for
✱ Asking your doctor about what is clearly read assuring you are tak- your back, so you can live a full and active
being prescribed for you: ing the correct medication. life. Simply complete and submit the Care
What is the name? Always read the label before tak- for Your Back questionnaire to receive a
What is it used for? ing any medication even if you back pain management program built
How long do I need to take it? take it everyday. specifically for you.
What is the dose I need to take? Always read the name on the label HealthMedia programs are convenient,
What are the side effects? to assure you are taking medica- private, and easy to use! To get started:
Is there a generic drug available? tion meant for you. 1) Go to www.swhp.org
Can I take this medication with Keep all medications out of the 2) Click on Lifestyle Management
my other medications? reach of children. Programs/Tools
What side effects and reactions Get to know your doctor and phar- 3) Register to access programs/tools
you should call about? macist so they can help manage 4) Select a program, complete and sub-
If your doctor writes a new pre- your health actively. mit the questionnaire.
scription to replace an existing ✱ Avoiding the Don’ts Please take advantage of this extraordi-
drug, make sure you know which Never take any medications in nary opportunity. The sooner you begin,
drug to stop. the dark. the sooner you’ll be on your way to lifelong
Ask your doctor to write on the Never share medications with back health!
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issue the medication is being Never feel embarrassed about take the place of medical advice. However,
prescribed. asking questions. you may find it beneficial to share the
✱ At the pharmacy: Never assume your doctor knows results with your physician. Doing so gives
Check the prescription label to what you are taking. your physician a more comprehensive pic-
make sure the label reflects One way of assuring your own safety is to ture of your health.
what you and your doctor di- know and understand your medications.
scussed. You will be safer for taking an active role in
Make sure you understand your your medical care.
medication(s) before you leave
Insights, June 2004 www.swhp.org 3
Yoga - Sun Salutation
Fifteen million Americans include some form of yoga in their fitness program. To increase strength and flexibility, try the poses below
in the sequence known as SUN SALUTATION. Start slowly, working at your own pace until you perfect the poses. Try to build up
endurance to repeat Sun Salutation sequences four times. If you experience any pain while doing these sequences, stop.
If you are pregnant or have a medical condition (for example, high blood pressure, spinal problems or asthma) consult with your physi-
cian before trying these exercises.
Place right leg back into
lunge position, left heel flat
on ground and left knee
3. Forward Bend under your chest, hands flat
Stretch downward bring- on ground and look up.
1. Mountain ing your hands flat to
Stand straight with feet the ground next to your
together and bring your 2. Back Bend feet with your face
hands together at heart Extend arms over your touching your legs.
level in prayer position. head; stretch backwards
arching your back and
Lift chest upwards with elbow slightly
bent towards the waist and extend
neck and look up. 7. Downward Dog
Place left leg back holding
both legs straight, arms Lift buttocks upward,
straight in press up position bring your body into an
and look slightly forward. inverted V shape.
Place left leg back into lunge
position, right heel flat on
ground and right knee under 9. Forward Bend 11. Mountain
your chest, hands flat on ground Stretch downward bring- Stand straight with feet
and look up. ing your hands flat to 10. Back Bend
Extend arms over your together and bring your
the ground next to your hands together at heart
feet with your face head; stretch backwards
arching your back and level in prayer position
touching your legs. with head slightly bent
www.swhp.org Insights, June 2004
Why is it such a headache?
By: Gel Detrick macological methods, such as yoga and
biofeedback, which may work best for
Headaches account for approximately those whose headaches are triggered by
10 million visits to the doctor each year stress or tense facial muscles. Keeping a
and result in nearly 157 million lost work- “headache diary” is also a good idea. Note
days per year. It is estimated that 60 to 70 all the things you did/do prior to the onset
percent of Americans suffer from some of a headache, food eaten, time of day,
type of headache each month. Is this whether or not you felt stressed, how you
something we have to live with, and are we slept, if you exercised, etc. Describe the
stuck with the pounding, throbbing pain type of headache, level of pain experienced,
forever? how long it lasted, what medication you
Well, for most of us, the answer is no. took, then you can discuss the diary with
There are many treatments available; the your doctor. He/she should be able to pin-
key to preventing the discomfort or dis- point your type of headache and recom-
solving the pain altogether is to determine mend the best treatment possible.
what type of headache you have. Women may be more prone to migraines
Tension, or stress headaches are the because of lowered estrogen levels that
most common, and approximately 30 -80 occur around menstruation.
percent of us get one occasionally. Approximately 60 - 70 percent of
Symptoms include mild/moderate pain females report getting headaches along
characterized by a feeling of tightness or with their menstrual cycle or while on birth
pressure, usually affecting both sides of control pills. This is known as a “hormonal episode 1-3 times a day during a period of
the head. A couple of aspirin and/or a headache.” These headaches are generally time (cluster period) lasting from 2 weeks
good night’s sleep will generally find us treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammato- to 3 months, when the headache may disap-
feeling better. Chronic tension headaches ry medications (NSAIDS). Your physician pear for months or years, only to recur. The
however can stick around for a while, usu- should recommend treatment. cluster periods develop at the same time
ally with females and are not as easy to each year, appearing to be “seasonal” and
shake. They can be treated with stress It is estimated that 60 to 70 attuned to a person’s biological clock in
management/relaxation training, med- percent of Americans suffer from some way.
ications, counseling and self-care. It is some type of headache each The pain is almost always one sided and
best to see a doctor for treatment of month. Approximately 1 in 10 extremely severe, located behind one eye,
chronic tension headaches. causing it to tear and redden. While the
Migraine headaches appear to be
Americans experience migraines
cause of cluster headaches is not known,
largely hereditary; they are usually and roughly 80 percent of these they occur when a nerve pathway (trigemi-
identified by severe, throbbing pain on have family members who also are nal nerve) in the base of the brain is acti-
one side of the head that may last a few affected. vated. This nerve is the main nerve of the
hours or several days. Approximately face responsible for sensations (heat, pain),
one in 10 Americans experience migraines Many of us in Central Texas suffer from and when activated, causes the eye pain
and roughly 80 percent of these have fami- sinus headaches. When this happens, the associated with cluster headaches.
ly members who also are affected. sinus becomes inflamed, usually as the Medication can help, and, in extreme cases,
Scientists have determined that problems result of an allergic reaction (mold, rag- surgery. As with all conditions, be sure to
regulating certain brain chemicals, such weed, etc), causing a pain similar to that of see your doctor for advice on the best way
as serotonin, may cause blood vessels to a headache. Sinus headaches are usually to treat this and other headaches.
constrict, then dilate and press on nerve located in the cheekbones, forehead and It’s such a headache! How many times
endings, causing inflammation and pain. bridge of the nose. Pain usually intensifies do we say this in everyday life? Well, some-
Some triggers are: with sudden head movements and is gener- times it is. Often the headache will go away
✱ Hormones released due to menses or ally accompanied with nasal discharge, with over-the-counter (OTC) medications,
stress; blocked ears, fever and facial swelling. Be herbal remedies, rest, relaxation, stress
✱ Certain substances, like caffeine, sure to see your doctor before taking any relief or a good soak in the bath tub, but
alcohol or nitrites; medications. sometimes not. When do headaches indi-
✱ Environmental factors such as aller- Cluster headaches are the least common cate a need for immediate medical atten-
gies or weather changes; type of headache, affecting less than one in tion? When they come on suddenly, occur
✱ Sleep – too much or too little. 1,000 people. They are more common in more frequently, start to be more intense or
There are many medications available men and typically begin before age 30. start to have more side effects, such as nau-
for the treatment of migraines, and mil- They are the most severe type of headache, sea or blurred vision. Any of these condi-
lions of migraineurs (as migraine suffer- and can be 100 times more intense than a tions might warrant a visit to your doctor.
ers are called) use them to great effect. migraine. A cluster headache recurs over Source: Webmd
Many, however, are turning to non-phar- time, a person having one may have an
Insights, June 2004 www.swhp.org 5
Sweet Chili Sauce
By; Chef Ben Hernandez
Scott & White Dietary Services
1 cup bottled chili sauce
1 cup peach preserves
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 Tblsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
1/3 cup red onions
2 Tblsp. chopped cilantro
1 pound pork loin (this will give you four
Add all ingredients (except pork) into a small sauce pot. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 4 oz. portions)
minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place four pork cutlets into a bowl. Pour 1/2
of the sauce over the pork. Turn cutlets over to coat thoroughly with sauce. Marinate pork
for two hours. Remove cutlets from marinade and grill over medium coals. Turn pork as
needed. The internal temperature should reach 160 degrees.
Chef’s note: You may also brush a little of this sauce on sliced zucchini, bell pepper,
mushrooms and corn on the cobb and grill them as well. Yummy!
Nutritional information per serving (not including the yummy vegetables):
359 Calories, 10 g Fat (3 g Saturated), 29 g Protein, 40 g Carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1,105 mg
Sodium, 72 mg Cholesterol
Local hero campaign hopes to drive in more blood donors
They have become local heroes for doing one simple thing that
changed the lives of numerous people -- they donated blood. We
have made many local residents heroes lately, and you might have
seen their faces in the newspaper or on billboards. As part of our
Local Hero Blood Campaign, we are honoring local blood donors
and recipients for their contributions to our community.
Kiara Marshall, pictured left, is one of those local heroes. A
tragic accident claimed one of her legs and left her with serious
internal injuries. But thanks to the numerous blood transfusions
she received while at Scott & White, she is happy, healthy and
grateful to be back home.
Kiara is just one example of how important donating blood is.
So please take the time to donate, and recruit your family and
friends to donate too. You never know whose life you might be
For more information on the campaign, or to find out how you
can become a blood donor, please call the Scott & White Blood
Donor Center at (254) 724-HERO or toll-free at (877) 724-HERO.
6 www.swhp.org Insights, June 2004
Healthy skin tips HealthMedia ®
Balance can help™
oilier. Once flakes are removed, your skin
will feel healthy and look more radiant.
✱ Moisturize skin daily to soften and
you manage your
protect your skin from dryness.
✱ Protect skin from sun damage by
Scott & White Health Plan is pleased to
using sunscreen, it is recommended to
invite you to participate in Balance, a revo-
use SPF 15 or higher (the higher the bet-
lutionary weight management and physi-
cal activity program provided by
✱ If you smoke, stop. Research shows
HealthMedia. Balance is an ideal program
that smoking reduces the production of
for individuals who want to lose weight,
new collagen, which is needed to keep
maintain a recent weight loss, or prevent
your skin healthy. Reduction in collagen
weight gain associated with aging. By
results in wrinkles.
maintaining a healthy weight, you can
✱ Consume a diet that is well-balanced,
lower your chances of developing life-
rich in whole natural foods, proteins, fats
and carbohydrates. Consume products
Balance is not a pre-set nutrition and
with vitamin C, which helps in the produc-
exercise plan, but instead it teaches you
No one has perfect skin. Your skin tion of collagen. Sources of vitamin C
how to make your own smart decisions
may be oily, dry, acne prone, or may have include: citrus fruits and juices, green
about managing your weight. Balance is
other skin problems such as eczema (dry, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and broc-
convenient, private, and easy to use.
itchy skin). Most people pay for expensive coli. Recommended dietary allowance for
Simply complete and submit the Balance
skin products, but the key to healthy skin adults per day is 75 milligrams for women
questionnaire to receive a Personal Plan
really begins with daily habits. and 90 milligrams for men (+ 35 mil-
for Weight Management built specifically
There are several things you can do to ligrams for smokers).
for you. Your plan will provide personal-
protect and nourish your skin: If you have acne-prone skin:
ized strategies for making healthy food
✱ The key to healthy skin is getting ✱ Choose a cleanser with salicylic acid
selections, increasing physical activity,
plenty of water to provide your skin essen- or benzoyl peroxide and cleanse face gen-
and developing a positive self-image. Soon,
tial moisture from inside out. It is recom- tly to avoid acne sores from rupturing.
you’ll be on your way to living a longer,
mended that adults drink at least eight 8 ✱ Wash your pillowcase often, oils
healthier, happier life!
oz glasses of water per day. from your face and hair can get absorbed
✱ Always properly cleanse your skin in pillowcase fabric and cause outbreaks. It only takes 15 minutes to start
using soap/facial cleanser and water each ✱ Use an oil-free moisturizer and the path of success!
morning and evening, especially before if you wear make-up, select an oil-free 1) Go to www.swhp.org
and after exercising. foundation. 2) Click on “Lifestyle Management
✱ Exfoliate your skin to remove dead Remember, your skin is important. Programs/Tools”
skin flakes from the surface to allow new Exercise healthy daily habits and always 3) Register to access programs/tools
skin cells to surface. Flaky skin can clog address your physician about any severe 4) Select a program, complete and sub-
pores; making your skin feel drier and skin problems you may be experiencing. mit the questionnaire.
How much caffeine is in your drink? Insights is published four times a year for
Scott & White Health Plan members.
ITEM AMOUNT OF CAFFEINE (MG) Correspondence and inquiries can be
120 - 270 sent to:
Scott & White Health Plan - Insights
Instant coffee (10 oz) 60 - 240 2401 South 31st Street
Decaffeinated coffee (10 oz) 2 - 10 Temple, TX 76508
Brewed tea (5 oz) 20 - 110 1-800-321-7947
Iced tea (5 oz) 65 - 80 Editor: Raehdi Zayed
Green tea (5 oz) 12 - 60 Co-Editor/Designer: Brenda Wallin
Photographer: Gary Hansen
Instant tea (5 oz) 25 - 50 Insights Review Committee:
Semisweet chocolate (1 oz) 5 - 35 Candus Ater
Coke/Diet Coke (12 oz) 47 Blake Brodersen
Dr. Pepper ( 12 oz) 40 Scott Clark
Pepsi Cola ( 12 oz) 39 Allan Einboden
Diet Pepsi ( 12 oz) 37 David Hackethorn, M.D.
James Rohack, M.D.
Source: Prevention Healthy Woman 2004 Cynthia Vrana
Insights, June 2004 www.swhp.org 7
SWHP leader retires and new
leader is appointed In Memoriam
Henry Eckert recently retired after a in bringing forth the new major medical
successful career at Scott & White Health plan, MEDesign and supplemental income
Plan (SWHP) as Executive Director. Before plans.
Mr. Eckert’s appointment to Executive Scott & White President and CEO Alfred
Director in 2000, he started his career at Knight, M.D., stated, “Allan is an exception-
SWHP as Operations Director in 1987. al individual with the vision and values to
During Mr. Eckert’s tenure the Health Plan support Scott & White through the chal-
has developed many new products, lenging times. He has great insight into
expanded its service area and developed a our complex future and has participated in
prescription benefit management compa- leadership roles for the entire Scott &
ny, Scott & White Prescription Services. White system.”
In addition, under Mr. Eckert’s leader- As Executive Director, Mr. Einboden will
ship, the Health Plan has been recognized continue to work on developing new prod- This edition of the Insights is dedicat-
for its financial strength and named ucts to help Central Texas employers and ed to Sandy Gerik, whose untimely death
among the top Health Plans in the nation families afford healthcare coverage. has left a void in our hearts and our lives.
for customer satisfaction several years in Currently the Health Plan is working on Sandy Gerik started her career at
a row. developing a child-only policy to provide Scott & White Health Plan in 1983; in
Mr. Eckert’s legacy will be carried on healthcare coverage for children who 2002 she was promoted to Assistant
by Allan Einboden. Prior to his appoint- don’t have access to healthcare, and for Executive Director of Sales and
ment to Executive Director, Mr. Einboden families that cannot afford parent plus Marketing. Sandy was very involved in
served as Operations Director at SWHP child coverage. many community events: Women in
since 2000. Before joining SWHP, Mr. In addition to his leadership position at Leadership, United Way, Altrusa and
Einboden served in key leadership posi- Scott & White Health Plan, Mr. Einboden Temple Chamber of Commerce. Sandy
tions at Primary Health in Boise, Idaho, serves on the board of the Texas served as president of the Temple
and Arizona-based Intergroup Healthcare Association of Health Plans and as vice Chapter of Altrusa in 1994-1995, was
Corporation. As Operations Director at president of the Medicare Cost Contractors named Altrusan of the year in 2002, pres-
SWHP, Mr. Einboden has played a key role Alliance. ident of Leadership Temple for 2002-2003
and was elected to the 2004 Temple
Chamber Board of Directors. She also was
a eucharistic minister at St. Luke’s
Catholic Church in Temple.
Sandy Gerik stood for so many good
things in life…. Thank you Sandy for
being a good friend, boss and mentor to
Scott & White extends its deepest
Henry Eckert Allan Einboden
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