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About UPMC

UPMC is an integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania's largest employer, with 50,000 employees and $7 billion in revenue, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research, and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities, and a major health insurance services division, UPMC is providing a seamless continuum of care. In collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics, and sports medicine, among others.
UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world's leading corporations, and expanding clinical services and state-of-the art medical expertise into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Qatar. UPMC has invested significantly in information technology to link and integrate electronic medical records across multiple hospitals and care settings and has invested in research to seed new fields like regenerative medicine and biosecurity.
UPMC's stature as one of the nation's outstanding medical centers is a source of civic pride. The region benefits from UPMC's many charitable contributions and its broad array of community-based programs to eliminate health disparities in underserved populations. UPMC also has made a major commitment to education through the Pittsburgh Promise, which was designed to prepare all children to achieve academic excellence and strength of character so that they have the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life.
A passion for innovation lies at the heart of UPMC's success. UPMC's unique strategy of combining clinical and research excellence with business-like discipline translates into excellent patient care for both western Pennsylvanians and the global community. With the promise of new jobs and new businesses, UPMC is forging a new paradigm for technology-enabled health care of the future.

About Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh is the second largest school district in the state of Pennsylvania, and the largest of 43 school districts in Allegheny County. The District serves approximately 28,000 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in 65 schools. In addition, Early Childhood programs serve three- and four-year-olds in 94 classrooms across the city.
Pittsburgh’s public school system is in the midst of a transformational plan called Excellence for All, initiated in 2006, that is aimed at improving student achievement at every level. The Pittsburgh Promise, announced in December 2006, was designed to provide motivation, support and community involvement in order to prepare all children to achieve academic excellence and strength of character, so that they have the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life.

About The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the oldest community foundations in the United States and is the nation’s 14th largest. The Foundation’s assets currently total $724 million comprising endowment funds, created by individuals, families and organizations with a passion for Pittsburgh and a deep commitment to their community.

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