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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Announces Expanded Tuition Benefit for Employees, Spouses and Dependents

PITTSBURGH, February 22, 2001 — University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced it will begin an enhanced tuition benefit for staff members and a new tuition benefit for their dependents and spouses.

"This initiative to support higher education will make UPMC the only health care organization in the region to offer such a far-reaching tuition benefit," said Gregory Peaslee, senior vice president of human resources.

The expanded benefit enables staff members' dependents and spouses to receive tuition reimbursement for first-time baccalaureate work at the University of Pittsburgh, at community colleges in defined counties, and for health care programs at designated technical schools in defined counties.

"UPMC enjoys a long-standing relationship with the University of Pittsburgh and the expanded benefit will further strengthen that relationship," Mr. Peaslee said. "This initiative will provide hard-working UPMC staff members and their families with greater educational opportunities and help them to meet tuition expenses for the foreseeable future. By offering this expanded benefit, we also are helping to educate tomorrow's workforce, keep top flight talent in the region and attract tomorrow's health care and customer service leaders to UPMC."

Under the new benefit, full- and part-time staff and their eligible dependents and spouses will receive varying levels of tuition assistance for up to 12 semesters over six years. Dependent children of full-time employees, for example, will receive 50 percent towards tuition at the University of Pittsburgh, select community colleges and health care programs at technical schools in defined counties. The new benefit is effective with the academic year that begins in fall 2001.

"As our mission states, UPMC is committed to excellence in patient care, research and education," Mr. Peaslee said. "Providing this expanded benefit furthers that mission by making higher education accessible to many more people in our communities."

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