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UPMC insurance division getting new leadership

| Friday, Dec. 5, 2003

Reaching into its own management ranks, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said Thursday that it has chosen Diane P. Holder as the new president and chief executive officer of its UPMC Health Plan insurance unit.

Holder, vice president of behavioral health and president of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, has been part of a four-person team of UPMC executives handling operation of the health care plan since the resignation of Patricia A. Liebman from the top post in October.

"I know that Ms. Holder will continue to lead the Health Plan as the portal to the world-class facilities and services of UPMC," said UPMC President Jeffrey A. Romoff, in a letter sent yesterday to members of the boards of directors of the medical center, health plan and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital.

Romoff said Holder "will maintain the UPMC Health Plan as an integral part of that premier health care delivery system."

Holder, whose appointment is effective Jan. 1, will succeed George A. Huber, who had been serving as interim CEO while UPMC officials conducted a search to fill the post. Huber will continue his duties as senior vice president of corporate relations and regional programming, and as chairman of the health plan's board.

Huber was named interim CEO in October when Patricia A. Liebman resigned.

Meanwhile, Holder, a 22-year veteran at UPMC, also will retain responsibility as CEO of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, an insurance subsidiary of the medical center, that manages behavioral health benefits for some 200,000 Pennsylvania Medicaid recipients and 300,000 commercial customers of the health plan.

Overall, UPMC Health Plan serves some 400,000 members, represents 4,700 employee groups in 26 Western Pennsylvania counties. In addition, it serves 300,000 commercial members, 80,000 Medicaid members and 20,000 Medicare members, said spokesman William Sawchak.

About 670 employees work for the health plan.

Two others members of the interim management team are Greg Peaslee, chief of human resources; and Dean Eckenrode, president of UPMC Horizon. They will continue in those positions as well as serve on the health plan's board.

Also, Romoff said, Claudia Roth, vice president of ambulatory services at Western Psychiatric, will serve as interim CEO there and as vice president of UPMC Behavioral Health until a permanent sucessor to Holder is found.

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