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UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Lieutenant Govenor, Education and Training
Toastmasters District 10
Telephone: 412-731-0724

Director of Community Relations, UPMC Health Plan
Telephone: 412-454-4953

UPMC Health Plan Recognized For Commitment To Employee Development

First Toastmasters International Awards Given in the Region

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2008) — For the first time in Pittsburgh, Toastmasters International will present the Toastmasters Corporate Sponsor Appreciation Award. The International Director of Toastmasters, Gary Mull, is presenting the award to UPMC Health Plan for “Creating Value and Enhancing Employee Engagement Through Continuing Support of the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Program.” The presentation will take place on Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. in the Health Plan’s offices.

“This award honors UPMC Health Plan’s commitment to employee development,” said Mr. Mull. “We applaud the success of the Health Plan’s 28 employees who are currently working to improve their communication skills through Toastmasters. We welcome the opportunity to assist other corporations initiate clubs.”

Coordinated through UPMC Health Plan’s Training and Development Department, the Toastmasters club meets weekly to develop public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, comfortable environment. Each meeting gives members an opportunity to give impromptu speeches, present prepared speeches, conduct meetings, and offer constructive evaluation.
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“We are dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to our employees, and we are thrilled that Toastmasters International is honoring our commitment through the Appreciation Award,” said Diane P. Holder, President of UPMC Health Plan. “We congratulate the current members of the Toastmasters club and support the future involvement of our employees in this superior program.”

About UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Health Plan, the second-largest health insurer in Western Pennsylvania, is owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. The integrated partner companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division – which includes UPMC Health Plan, Work Partners, EAP Solutions, UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), and Community Care Behavioral Health – offer a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance, and workers' compensation products and services to nearly 1 million members. Our local provider network includes UPMC as well as community providers, totaling more than 80 hospitals and more than 7,500 physicians in a 29-county region. For more information, visit http://www.upmchealthplan.com.

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

The organization has nearly 220,000 members in 11,300 clubs in 90 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. With over 80 years experience, the material and process developed by Toastmasters International is time tested and proven to be effective. Sallie Boggs, current Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training for District 13 Toastmasters, was integral in helping UPMC Health Plan establish their Toastmasters Club. A growing number of Pittsburgh corporations are realizing the benefits and low cost of Toastmasters. To learn more about Toastmasters visit www.Toastmasters.org or contact Sallie Boggs at 412-731-0724 or email alotafish@comcast.net.

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