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UPMC Announces New President of UPMC Mercy

PITTSBURGH, June 4, 2008 — UPMC today announced the appointment of Will Cook as President of UPMC Mercy, effective July 7, 2008.

Mr. Cook has a broad base of operational health care experience in outpatient and inpatient services domestically and internationally. Most recently, he served in a key role in UPMC’s growing international operations. Prior to that, Mr. Cook held a number of operating positions with UPMC, including vice president of operations at Magee-Womens Hospital, and vice president, Ambulatory Care and Transplant Services, UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside.

Mr. Cook spent the early part of his career with the Johns Hopkins Health System where he held several positions, including director of operations for the Johns Hopkins International Medical Center in Singapore. Prior to that, he served as the administrator for Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and manager of Ambulatory Care Operations at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and earned a master’s degree in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is an associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Mr. Cook succeeds Elizabeth B. Concordia, executive vice president, UPMC and president, Hospital and Community Services Division, who, in addition to her other system-wide responsibilities, has served as interim president of UPMC Mercy since Mercy Hospital became a part of UPMC on Jan.1, 2008.

“Mercy has a long and rich history of providing compassionate care in the Catholic tradition to the residents of the region,” noted Ms. Concordia. “Mr. Cook’s experience and personal capabilities will serve UPMC Mercy well as it renews its historic commitment and continues to fulfill its Catholic health care mission.”

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 48,000 employees and nearly $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 insurance plan, 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 multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Qatar. For more information about UPMC, visit our website at .

About UPMC Mercy
Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in Pittsburgh and the first Mercy Hospital in the world, was established in 1847 by the Sisters of Mercy. On Jan.1, 2008, Mercy merged with UPMC and was renamed UPMC Mercy. Today, UPMC Mercy, a licensed, 535-bed acute care hospital in Uptown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh’s only faith-based hospital, continues to provide compassionate care in the Catholic tradition.

UPMC Mercy’s experienced team of health care professionals specializes in providing neurology, neurosurgery, and advanced treatments for strokes through its certified Primary Stroke Center; cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery services; Level I trauma and burn care; orthopaedics; physical medicine and rehabilitation, including acquired brain injury rehabilitation; obstetrics and gynecology, including maternal-fetal medicine and a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; ophthalmology; ENT; and inpatient behavioral health services. Other services include medical and surgical care; emergency care; medical, surgical, and radiation oncology; pediatrics; diabetes; wound services; and more. Convenient outpatient services are offered at UPMC Mercy’s outpatient centers in Brentwood and Green Tree. The hospital sponsors nine graduate medical education programs and a diploma school of nursing. About 660 physicians are affiliated with UPMC Mercy. The hospital employs 2,800 full-time equivalents.

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