UPMC’s Mark Lunz Receives National Award for Recruiting and Supporting Those with Disabilities
PITTSBURGH, May 5, 2015 –
Mark Lunz, director of surgical central services at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore, is the 2015 recipient of a highly coveted Disability Matters
Disability Champion Award for his advocacy and commitment in support of mainstreaming those with disabilities throughout UPMC. Over the past three years, Mark has hired a number of associates through Project SEARCH
, which helps equip eligible young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to join Pittsburgh’s competitive workforce through hands on training.
In 2012, Mark had the opportunity to expand his team. After consulting with UPMC’s human resources, he quickly hired the department’s first associate from Project SEARCH. This decision revolutionized the culture of the sterile processing department.
“Mark’s team happily tells the story of how the people with disabilities on his team have changed the culture of the department,” explained Shannon Williams, UPMC senior manager, recruitment. “There is now a true sense of partnership among the team as everyone treats each other with dignity and respect. They support and mentor each other and work together to ensure our patients are receiving the best care possible.
Disability Matters is recognized as the premier North American event for corporate executives to come together for the purpose of learning today’s best and next practices relative to the mainstreaming of individuals with disabilities in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. UPMC has been honored in Disability Matters’ Workforce Award category in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.