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Continued Financial Strength Fuels UPMC's Commitment to Providing Excellent Health Care and Reinventing in Region

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2/11/2011

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  • UPMC’s operating revenues grew by $144 million to $4.2 billion, with an operating income of $206 million.
  • $138 million rating agency operating income; 3.3% rating agency margin.
  • UPMC’s operating EBIDA – or cash flow income – of $400 million is on target to exceed $700 million for fiscal year 2011.
  • UPMC’s $3.2 billion diversified investment reserve portfolio provides for long-term sustainability.
  • UPMC continues to grow and invest in the region, with $192 million in capital expenditures in first six months and $500 million planned for this fiscal year; more than 1,300 new jobs are being created in fiscal year 2011.
  • UPMC’s financial strength and strategic management in the midst of persistent global economic challenges enable the health care leader to efficiently deliver outstanding health care for the residents of western Pennsylvania today and into the future.

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 11 – UPMC’s excellent financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2011 show the continued strength of UPMC’s ability and commitment to provide outstanding health care services and facilities for western Pennsylvania residents today and into the future.

UPMC’s operating revenues increased by $144 million to $4.2 billion for the period (July 1 through Dec. 31, 2010). Operating income grew by $76 million to $206 million. Rating agency operating income increased from $67 million to $138 million for the period, which equates to a 3.3% rating agency margin. UPMC’s earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA) – a key measure of financial performance and the ability to generate the necessary resources for reinvestment – were $400 million for the first six months and are on target to exceed $700 million for fiscal year 2011.

These results enabled UPMC to spend $192 million in capital expenditures to enhance patient care through new technology, hospital and other facility construction and renovations – creating additional jobs and new programs for the residents of western Pennsylvania. UPMC expects to create more than 1,300 new jobs during fiscal year 2011.

“Our financial picture for the first six months of this fiscal year is reflective of UPMC’s ability to strongly sustain its longtime commitment to this region – providing new high-quality services and facilities where they are needed while preserving and enhancing existing ones where their need remains,” said Robert A. DeMichiei, UPMC senior vice president and chief financial officer. “However, UPMC’s rating agency operating margin of 3.3 percent is below the median for our AA-rated peer group. UPMC must continue operating efficiently and further improve our margins to meet the increasing challenges of health care reform, global economic pressures and anticipated declining reimbursements.”

UPMC’s key operating metrics were up compared to the same period a year ago. Outpatient revenue was up 13 percent; physician revenue grew 10 percent; UPMC Health Plan membership was up 6 percent to more than 1.5 million subscribers; and hospital admissions and observation cases increased by one percent. The number of employed physicians grew 4 percent to 2,849.

On Feb. 1, 2011, UPMC completed its affiliation with Hamot Medical Center, now called UPMC Hamot. The affiliation strengthens Hamot’s role as the premier tertiary care provider in the 13-county tri-state area surrounding Erie. UPMC’s commitment to invest $300 million in Hamot for improved facilities, technology and patient programs will advance health care delivery for the residents of the region as well as for the physician, nursing, clinical and professional staffs at UPMC Hamot.

UPMC’s diversified investment reserve portfolio stands at $3.2 billion, having achieved a 12 percent return for the first six months of the fiscal year. “Because we have continued our preparedness to address the lingering uncertain economy and health care reform, UPMC does not need to draw on its long-term reserves to fund day-to-day operations, capital expenditures or employee pension investments,” said C. Talbot Heppenstall, Jr., UPMC senior vice president and treasurer. “UPMC maintains a long-term investment perspective.”

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