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Community Medical Ethics Project to Examine Future of Health Care


GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Community Medical Ethics Project, a collaboration between UPMC Horizon, Thiel College, St. Paul’s, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, will examine changes ahead for health care during its next presentation, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at Thiel College’s Glen Johnson Community Center (located at the end of Ridgeway Avenue, off College Avenue near the College chapel in Greenville). Two sessions of identical content will be available: 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Diane P. Holder, executive vice president, UPMC, president, UPMC Insurance Services Division, and president and chief operating officer of UPMC Health Plan, will present “Why Our Health Care System Must Change: What’s Ahead.”

The current healthcare delivery and financing system in the United States is fraught with problems. Costs continue to escalate and clinical outcomes in the US are not as good as outcomes in most other industrialized countries. The implications for people with little or no health care coverage are profound and lead to poorer health outcomes and significant economic and social consequences. The strategies to improve access to care, improve health outcomes and improve cost outcomes require employers, government and the public to make some important and difficult decisions.

Holder will address the following:

  • What are employers likely to do in the coming years related to health benefits for their employees?
  • What are the important changes that physicians and hospitals must make in order to continue to improve quality while at the same time reduce the cost of care?
  • What are the difficult choices that will surface as the United States attempts to alter the way that healthcare is provided and financed?
  • What are some of the public policy, ethical and practical questions that we will face as we enter the next phase of delivery system and financing reform?

Ms. Holder has held a number of leadership positions in health care including the CEO of UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the founding CEO of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. She is a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and a faculty member of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Columbia University.

The Community Medical Ethics Project is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Registrations are encouraged by calling 724-589-6830 or e-mailing

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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