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UPMC and Achieva Partner on Hiring Initiative for People With Disabilities

For Immediate Release                                       
 
Lisa Razza, Director of Communications
412-995-5000 x410
lrazza@achieva.info

Gloria Kreps
UPMC
412-586-9764
krepsga@upmc.edu

Pittsburgh, PA (July 23, 2020) ­- UPMC and Achieva are partnering to help qualified candidates with disabilities connect with job postings, navigate interviews, and develop long and meaningful careers with UPMC.
 
“As our country commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we are excited about this partnership, which pairs the hiring needs of UPMC with qualified, top talent.” said John Galley, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, “We value the significant contributions that workers with disabilities bring to our inclusive environment at UPMC and we are eager to welcome many qualified individuals into our family.”
 
An Achieva Inclusion Liaison, who is embedded into UPMC’s departments of talent acquisition and employee relations, helps people with disabilities apply for positions and provides services necessary for candidates to sustain their employment with UPMC. This partnership is supported by UPMC’s Center for Engagement and Inclusion and Disabilities Resource Center as well as the UPMC Center for Social Impact as part of its Pathways to Work portfolio, which aims to expand job training, education, and opportunities to underserved individuals and communities. 

The liaison also brings expertise in disability services to uncover opportunities for improving the accessibility of hiring processes such as recruitment, consulting on resumes, applications and interviews, developing training and education materials, coordinating with relevant departments on assistive technology and accommodations, and other relevant workforce services to prospective UPMC employees. 

 “The ADA has removed barriers and opened doors for individuals with disabilities, paving the way for our partnership with UPMC,’ said Steve Suroviec, President and CEO of Achieva.  “By working together, we prioritize the talent needs of UPMC and work with their existing human resources team to identify and onboard qualified talent and serve as a key point of contact for disability-related hiring.”

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About Achieva
Achieva is a non-profit organization located in southwestern Pennsylvania providing lifelong supports to people with disabilities and their families. Achieva envisions a community where all people with disabilities lead lives of personal significance. Our services range from early intervention therapies and employment supports to special needs trusts and supports in the home and community. Achieva advocates for, empowers, and supports people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives.

For additional information on Achieva's Business Services visit achieva.info/talent or email businessservices@achieva.info.
 
About UPMC
A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.9 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.