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I moved from Detroit to Pittsburgh during the economic downturn and realized how the Pittsburgh region has transformed itself from its industrial roots to a vibrant "eds and meds" economy. I saw the pain that the U.S. financial crisis had on Michigan, my family and friends; I never want to see that again. More people lost their jobs in southeastern Michigan than live in Pittsburgh.

Yet the institutions that have made this city what it is today are being attacked and I don't get it. People need to take off their blinders and realize what an unbelievable asset we have in our own backyard -- UPMC, 55,000 strong. One of the Top 10 health care institutions in the nation, no less. People come from all over the world to get health care at UPMC, and we the citizens who benefit the most want to tear it apart.

I can't sit silent anymore. I'm proud to work for UPMC, where patients always come first -- "Your Care Our Commitment." UPMC has given me and my family an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. Be careful what you wish for, Pittsburgh; you need look only 286 miles north to see the outcome.

JOHN KROLICKI
Vice President of Facility and Support Services
UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside
Oakland


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