Join us in congratulating Kacie and Adam D’Alessandro on the birth of their daughter, Isabella Ruth, born June 7. Kacie is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering.
Join us in congratulating Jill Leonard-Pingel and Joshua Pingel on the birth of their son, Abel James Pingel, born May 30. Jill is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Geology.
A final reminder … the deadline to enroll (or re-enroll) in flexible spending accounts for the 16/17 plan year is June 20. Refer to the email I sent to W&L employees on June 1 for online enrollment instructions. Contact the new company, Flexible Benefits Administrators at 800-437-3539 if you need assistance.
The urgent care center, VelocityCare, has opened in Lexington. Located at 110 Houston Street, Suite D, hours are 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. The phone number is 462-3950. This is the 8th VelocityCare in the state; one will open in Raphine this fall.
Due to the extended hours, the centers share physicians; however Dr. Robert S. Childers will be the primary physician for the Lexington site.
For those who haven’t used an urgent care center before, Center manager, Karen Koch (spouse of Assistant Professor of PE/Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Eric Koch) explains that the clinic sees patients for non-emergency situations — needs you may have when your primary physician’s office is closed. You should continue to use the ER for life or limb threatening situations.
VelocityCare is in Anthem’s network. For our plan, there would be a $15 or $40 copay depending on the provider. Additional charges may apply for other procedures such as x-rays and lab work. A summary of the university’s health insurance plan copays and coinsurance as of July 1 can be found here.
As you may already know, Amy Barnes has retired and is relocating to Wilmington, NC. In her time here, she has been instrumental in redefining the role of the HR Office and I know you will join me in wishing her well in retirement.
Some of you were involved in a search earlier this year and had an opportunity to meet Mary Main. I am pleased to announce that she will be joining us as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She is coming from Bates College where she is currently the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. She has extensive human resources experience and has held positions at Maine Medical Center, the Iowa Bankers Association and the State of Iowa. Mary will join us on July 25. The office will host a reception after the new academic year begins so you will have an opportunity to meet her.
… to Katie Moses on the birth of her son on May 20. Katie is an Admissions Counselor.
from United Concordia Dental …
Oral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area clean where your teeth meet your gums can prevent gum disease, while keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you stave off cavities. Remember these B-R-U-S-H basics:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.
Remember to brush the outside, inside and top surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions.
Use the proper equipment. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably.
Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry. Don’t routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.
Have your replacement toothbrush ready. Invest in a new toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Visit UnitedConcordia.com for more dental health tips.
Congratulations to Chip and Lydia Whipple on the birth of their son, Isaac Benjamin, born June 1. Chip is Assistant Sports Information Director.
Join us in congratulating Andrew and Meagan Christensen on the birth of their daughter, Selkie Jane. She was born May 3. Andrew is Faculty Services Librarian in the Law School.
from United Concordia Dental …
June is Men’s Health Month, and when it comes to oral health habits, studies show a difference between men and women. Taking care of your mouth leads to better overall health however, men are less likely to visit a dentist for preventive care and are often found to only see a dentist when a problem arises.
When we look at men’s oral health statistics we find:
1. The average male brushes less than 2 times per day and will lose about 5 teeth by age 72
2. If the male smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72
3. Men are more likely to develop oral cancer, and periodontal (gum) disease
The biggest threat to oral health is periodontal disease and men are more likely to have it – the prevalence for men is 56.4% compared to women at 38.4%. Research shows that periodontal disease is not only a severe bacterial infection in the mouth but an infection that can travel throughout the body, including vital organs.
To help prevent gum disease:
1. Get in to see the dentist! Don’t wait for a problem or pain to arise.
2. Change your brush after every three months or after you have been sick.
3. Brush with a soft bristle brush at a 45-degree angle.
4. Floss your teeth daily.
To learn more about proper brushing techniques you can visit United Concordia’s Dental Health Center www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental/care-prevention/proper-brushing-techniques/
You can learn about your dental benefits and more oral health information by registering on My Dental Benefits by visiting www.unitedconcordia.com
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