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Local Red Cross to Honor Diane P. Holder at Annual Red Cross Ball

PITTSBURGH - For more than a century, American Red Cross nurses have brought care and comfort to people in need. The Red Cross has always been committed to the wellbeing of the people it serves. Diane P. Holder, Executive Vice President, UPMC and President & CEO, UPMC Health Plan, has shown a similar commitment to health and wellbeing in the local community.

On March 9, Ms. Holder will be recognized for her leadership within the health and medical fields and her impressive dedication to the local community, when the American Red Cross in Southwestern Pennsylvania presents her with the Distinguished Leadership Award at the annual Red Cross Ball.

“We are delighted to honor Diane P. Holder at this year’s event,” said Patricia Waldinger, CEO of the local American Red Cross. “Her contributions to the health and medical fields have been significant, and her devotion to the local community is truly admirable.”

About Diane P. Holder

Diane Holder is an Executive Vice President of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, President of the UPMC Insurance Services Division and President and CEO of UPMC Health Plan.

The UPMC is one of the nation’s leading integrated delivery systems, and through its health plans and affiliates, provides health coverage and benefit management for more than 2 million men, women and children in Pennsylvania. UPMC Health Plans are nationally recognized for high quality and innovation and were recognized this year as having the highest member satisfaction in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Holder has held a number of leadership positions in health care, including the CEO of UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and was the founding CEO of Community Care

Behavioral Health. Ms. Holder is a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Ms. Holder serves on local and national boards including Chatham University, the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania and the Alliance of Community Health Plans. She was appointed by Governor Rendell as a Co-Chair for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission. In addition, Ms. Holder is recognized in the community for her commitment to a variety of health and social issues. She has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and was a winner of the Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award recognizing business leaders. Last year, she was honored as "The Person of Vision" by the Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. In 2010, she was the Pennsylvania Women Work! Circle of Hope Honoree. She is a frequent speaker regarding the subject of health care delivery and financing.

About the Red Cross Ball

The Red Cross Ball – the biggest annual fundraiser for the local Red Cross – will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh.

This year, the event will honor the legacy of nurses, including Red Cross founder and nurse, Clara Barton, shining a light on nurses both of days past and present.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with the VIP Cocktail Hour, a reception in the hotel’s Urban Room. The ball, itself – featuring fine dining and dancing – begins at 7 p.m. in the grand ballroom.

In addition to the award presentation, the night will also give guests the opportunity to take home elegant treasures through a silent auction. Peggy Finnegan of WPXI-TV will serve as the emcee, and Gary Racan & the Studio E Band will provide the musical entertainment.

All proceeds from the event will help the local Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. The Red Cross – which is not a government agency and relies solely on the support of the community to carryout its mission – responds to a disaster an average of twice per day in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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MEDIA POLICY: Members of the media are welcome to cover the Red Cross Ball; arrangements should be made in advance by contacting Lauren Ashley at 412-925-1630.