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UPMC Receives Top Honor for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 17, 2010 – UPMC has received the top honor from the Profiles in Diversity Journal, winning a 2010 Innovations in Diversity Award. The award recognizes organizations, corporations and institutions that have developed innovative solutions with measurable outcomes in workforce diversity and inclusion. UPMC placed number one out of 10 award winners nationwide for its Dignity and Respect campaign.

UPMC’s Dignity and Respect Campaign joins individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect. The Center for Inclusion in Health Care at UPMC introduced the dignity and respect campaign to UPMC employees in November 2008, asking employees to sign a pledge demonstrating their commitment to treating others the way they want to be treated and providing their opinions on behaviors that represent dignity and respect in the workplace. Based on UPMC employee feedback, “30 Tips of Dignity and Respect” were created, highlighting behaviors that can easily be incorporated into everyday activities.

UPMC’s Center for Inclusion in Health Care also partnered with community leaders on efforts around community unity, cultural competency and multicultural awareness. In October 2009, the Dignity and Respect Campaign was introduced as a community initiative, with the mayor of the City of Pittsburgh declaring October as Dignity and Respect month. The community campaign kicked off with a city-wide pledge drive, which engaged more than 50 community organizations and awarded a day of service to the organization that received the most pledges.

In addition to UPMC, this year’s top-10 winners are: New York Life Insurance Company; KPMG LLP; WellPoint Inc.; Sodexo; ARAMARK; ConAgra Foods; Cisco Systems Inc.; Kaiser Permanente; and Royal Dutch Shell.

About UPMC

UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania‘s largest employer, with almost 50,000 employees, 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, and 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 multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Japan. For more information about UPMC, visit our website at

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