UPMC is under attack on several fronts

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The Post-Gazette's editorial "Mixed Messages: The Multiple Personalities of UPMC" (June 27) simply ignores our consistent, compelling message: UPMC provides world-class care, economic vitality and charitable services to this region and will defend that mission aggressively against assaults by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, SEIU and Highmark.

The "mixed messages" that should concern the Post-Gazette include:

• Mayor Ravenstahl touting UPMC's $100 million Pittsburgh Promise as his greatest accomplishment then attacking UPMC less than three weeks later for its supposed lack of charity;

• SEIU urging UPMC's employees to hire it as their representative while aggressively trying to defame and cripple UPMC in any way it can;

• Highmark submitting a formal proposal approved and to be enforced by the State Insurance Department that commits to no contract with UPMC after 2014 in order to have the best chance of saving West Penn Allegheny then telling the public it has to have such a contract;

• Highmark telling the region's independent community hospitals not to worry while presenting the Insurance Department with secret projections showing how many admissions it's going to take from each of them;

• Highmark demanding "access" to UPMC while planning to steer tens of thousands of its subscribers away from UPMC and into its wholly owned "Allegheny Health Network"; and

• Highmark advertising its insurance as "accepted everywhere" when in fact it's been selling plans that specifically exclude UPMC.

In reality, UPMC's consistent message is now resonating with patients, subscribers, employees, employers and citizens who care about the world-class care, economic vitality and charitable services UPMC delivers each and every day. Perhaps the Post-Gazette should pay attention, too.

PAUL WOOD
Vice President
Chief Communications Officer
UPMC
Downtown


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