UPMC To Expand Focus on Community and Ambulatory Services

By: Paul Wood

UPMC is launching a new division, Community and Ambulatory Services, to expand and streamline access to primary care, outpatient specialty services, ambulatory, in-home services and other non-hospital-based community services. UPMC will reposition three long-term, highly experienced executives to lead the new division. People who depend on UPMC for their health care and insurance needs will see increased flexibility and access to UPMC services, when and where they need them, across the full continuum of their care and coverage.

Diane Holder will be the president of the Community and Ambulatory Services Division. Dr. Bob Edwards  will be the chief medical officer, and Mark Sevco will lead its operations.

The new division will complement and leverage the world-class capabilities of UPMC’s Health Services, Insurance Services, International and Enterprises divisions to meet the needs of our patients, members and the communities we serve.

Holder will continue as president and chief executive officer of UPMC Health Plan and president of the Insurance Services Division, guiding its strategic direction. Mary Beth Jenkins, a 24-year veteran of UPMC Health Plan and its chief operating and administrative officer, will become executive vice president of that division, overseeing day-to-day operations.

In addition to his new role, Edwards will continue as chair and University of Pittsburgh professor of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive services. Edwards has been with UPMC since 2005, is the co-leader of the UPMC Gynecologic Cancer Program, and led the development and expansion of UPMC’s highly effective women’s health service line across the system.

Sevco will transition over the next several months to his new role in the Community and Ambulatory Services Division. He joined UPMC in 1992 and has held a variety of senior hospital and physician leadership positions. Notably, he successfully launched the new UPMC East hospital in 2012 and served as its president, as well as president of UPMC McKeesport and UPMC Children’s.

Joel Yuhas will join UPMC as president of the Health Services Division. Currently president of multiple hospitals and ambulatory centers within the UCHealth system in Colorado, Yuhas brings more than 25 years of health care leadership experience to UPMC. He previously served in various domestic and international hospital leadership positions at UPMC.

As a premier, integrated health care and finance system with a long history of clinical, research and insurance innovation, UPMC is well-positioned to continue leading the transformation of health care and developing new models of care delivery in all the regions we serve. With people-focused health at the core of our mission, UPMC provides the highest quality care, including early intervention and prevention, chronic care management, and state-of-the-art treatments for the most complex diseases and conditions.