Downtown Detroit Businesses Partner in Project Lighthouse to Help Ensure Safety to All Who Visit the City

Banners indicate Project Lighthouse locations that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

As more of our employees begin working in downtown Detroit, the changes to the city’s skyline are readily apparent. The company logo at the top of Tower 500 and the new façade of the building is a symbol that approximately 6,000 BCBSM employees are now working in downtown Detroit. Our Jefferson Avenue building has been given a 21st-century facelift to help accommodate the influx of Blues employees.

For those city enthusiasts who want to work and live in downtown Detroit, the Live Downtown incentives provide the financial backing needed to make that move. And they will be greeted by improved public lighting in the Central Business District of Detroit.

Still, safety is a concern for many visitors to downtown, which is why we are proud to participate in an innovative new program called Project Lighthouse. The premise for the program is simple: If you’re lost, having a safety concern or vehicle trouble, look for one of the 30 downtown businesses that display the Project Lighthouse banner. Those businesses have volunteered to be safe havens for those in need. And, if you can’t find a banner, call 313-471-6490.

“This creates a neighborhood feel for downtown Detroit and shows what is possible for Detroit. It creates a different environment and feel. This is the kind of community we are building,” said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee in Dig Downtown Detroit.

Tip: add Project Lighthouse to your mobile phone contacts: 313-471-6490

Project Lighthouse is not a replacement for 9-1-1 for emergency situations, but gives local businesses a way to help ensure that downtown Detroit is a safe place to work, live and play.

Photo by Dig Downtown Detroit

Andrew Hetzel Discusses Health Reform and BCBSM’s Commitment to Michigan Cities on WDET’s Craig Fahle Show

Tools like the health reform website and GlidePath solution can help employers prepare for changes coming under federal health care reform, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan spokesman Andrew Hetzel said during an appearance on metro Detroit’s WDET-FM.

The Craig Fahle Show, a local affairs program hosted on the Detroit public radio station, invited Hetzel to come behind the mic during the Mackinac Policy Conference last week for a show that aired June 6.

Hetzel, the vice president of Corporate Communications for BCBSM, discussed how the company is helping employer groups prepare for the implementation of federal health care reform. He also updated listeners on the progress of moving 3,000 workers from the suburbs to downtown Detroit.

An exerpt:

Hetzel: GlidePath is aligned with our longstanding support for business. And what it is, is it’s a set of analytic tools and some online tools that we’re piloting this year with some of our group customers. What we’re going to try to do is put them all together and launch them to the marketplace on Jan. 1 of next year. And what they’re going to allow group customers to do is plan for the implementation of health care reform.

Fahle: Yes.

Hetzel: Businesses have a lot of things to consider when it comes to how to structure benefits in a reform environment. There are a lot of considerations related to cost, the level of benefits provided and frankly, what their employees are looking for. A lot of employers are looking at defined contribution models, 401(k)-type models for financing health care that limit their own costs. That’s going to put a lot more pressure on employees as far as cost sharing is concerned.

So businesses want analytic support from experts to be able to construct what’s best for their employees.

You can hear the rest of the segment here.

The Craig Fahle Show airs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon and again at 7-9 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.