Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peduto, Upmc CEO to Huddle Mayor to Mediate Issues between Health Care Giant, Community

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peduto, Upmc CEO to Huddle Mayor to Mediate Issues between Health Care Giant, Community

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Following two days of protests outside of UPMC's Downtown headquarters, Mayor Bill Peduto will sit down with UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff today to discuss many of the issues around living wages and unionization that upwards of a thousand protesters brought to the sidewalks of Grant Street.

But the meeting -- which was not set in response to the protests - - will have other topics on the agenda, including whether the medical conglomerate will give anything to the city in the form of payments in lieu of taxes. As a purely public charity, UPMC is largely tax-exempt. Mr. Peduto said he planned to continue a lawsuit started by his predecessor, Luke Ravenstahl, to strip it of its public charity status and said Tuesday that it could be used "as an opportunity for discussion" as he continues negotiations with UPMC.

And he also plans to insert himself in the icy stalemate between UPMC and Highmark, which could leave Highmark subscribers locked out of UPMC's facilities next year.

"In recent months the conflicts between UPMC, its stakeholders, its patients, its employees, taxpayers all have been escalating," he said. "These conflicts are not simply going to resolve themselves. They'll negatively affect our business climate and they'll also limit the prospects for economic development in this city. I've reached out to both sides to begin mediating."

Though the meeting was set before marchers disbanded Tuesday, the protesters nonetheless added new urgency to resolve some of the issues between UPMC, the state's largest private employer, and the larger community. Mr. Peduto said he's "reached out to both sides to begin mediating."

UPMC spokesman Paul Wood responded in a statement that "UPMC, likewise, has a stake in and is committed to the success of both the city and the region. We have an ongoing relationship with Mayor Peduto and are looking forward to discussions on a multitude of issues. …

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