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UPMC Health Plan Announces Partnership with LifeSpan


PITTSBURGH (Jan. 6, 2015) –UPMC Health Plan is partnering with LifeSpan Inc., “Resources and Services for Seniors,” to provide older adults in Allegheny County with a variety of services and equipment designed to help them lead healthier and more active lives.

Grand opening events celebrating the partnership will be held this month at LifeSpan community centers located throughout the Pittsburgh region. As part of the partnership, UPMC Health Plan is providing services and supports that include health coaches, mobile screening services, exercise equipment, and health management programs.    

Under the partnership, UPMC Health Plan will help LifeSpan implement evidence-based health management programs throughout the year at LifeSpan centers located in Bethel Park, Mon-Valley, Chartiers, and Knoxville. The partnership will help LifeSpan improve the health of its community through lifestyle changes that include fitness, nutrition management, health education, and health screenings. 

“UPMC Health Plan is pleased to team with LifeSpan to bring programs that will help to enhance the lives of older residents and keep them as healthy as possible while still living at home,” said John Lovelace, President of Government Programs for the UPMC Insurance Services Division. “Helping this population to live healthier lives is one way UPMC Health Plan fulfills its mission of contributing to the health of the communities it serves.”

Since its founding in 1973, LifeSpan, a non-profit organization, has been assisting Allegheny County adults over age 60 and their families by providing affordable, essential, and innovative services. LifeSpan serves older adults in ways that maintain their dignity and enrich their lives. 

“LifeSpan is eager to continue to engage the services and expertise that UPMC Health Plan has made available at our four main community resource centers and also to the persons in our Meals on Wheels/Home Delivered Meals service,” said Virginia Jurofcik, Chief Executive Officer of LifeSpan. “Thanks to the support of UPMC Health Plan, we have secured state-of-the-art fitness equipment for our centers and have scheduled new programs in the next year that will promote healthy aging lifestyles.” 

On Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, a grand opening event will be held at the Chartiers Resource Center, 300 Lincoln Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106. On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, a grand opening will be held at the Mon-Valley @ Olympic Resource Center, 4313 Walnut Street, McKeesport, PA, 15132. On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, a grand opening event will be held at the Knoxville Meals on Wheels, 320 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15210. The events at all three locations will begin at 10 a.m.  

UPMC Health Plan’s UPMC for Life serves older adults through its suite of Medicare HMO, PPO, and Special Needs Plans — including UPMC for Life Medicare Advantage, UPMC for You Advantage, and UPMC for Life Options. UPMC for Life’s HMO and PPO plans earned a four-star rating (out of five) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


About UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan, the second-largest health insurer in western Pennsylvania, is owned by UPMC, an integrated global health enterprise. The integrated partner companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division — which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC WorkPartners, LifeSolutions (EAP), UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), and Community Care Behavioral Health — offer a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance, and workers' compensation products and services to nearly 2.3 million members. Our local provider network includes UPMC as well as community providers, totaling more than 125 hospitals and more than 11,500 physicians throughout Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.