Friday, February 22, 2013
The family of Jimmy Slack is organizing a concert to remember the Bridgeville man and raise money for charity.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Mike Jones
Friday, February 22
The family of Jimmy Slack is organizing a concert to remember the Bridgeville man and raise money for charity. The family is holding the second annual "Jams for Jimmy" concert on Feb. 23 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department’s Chartiers Room. Tickets cost $20 for the all-day event and can be purchased at the door or by contacting the organizers through the “Help find Jimmy Slack” Facebook page. Slack died after going to a concert on the North Side of Pittsburgh in December 2011. Authorities spent weeks searching for him before his body was found in the Ohio River near the Carnegie Science Center on Jan. 23. The family is holding the concert to remember Jimmy and his love for music. “This should be a fun event, for a wonderful cause…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new facility on Monday.
A new state-of-the-art Breast Care Center that will offer women living in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh access to the region’s most comprehensive and world class breast cancer services opened at Forbes Regional Hospital on Tuesday. Officials from Forbes, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) and Highmark celebrated the opening of the new Breast Care Center at the Monroeville hospital on Monday. A community open house to showcase the center also will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The public will have an opportunity to tour the new center and meet with physicians leading the program. The Forbes Breast Care Center provides women with the complete spectrum of advanced breast diagnostic procedures, including digital…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A roundup of the week's top stories.
Here are this week's top stories from Patch sites in your region: Councilman Threatened With Shotgun Assault, Trespassing Charges Against Former Highmark CEO Withdrawn Tax Dollars Pay for Cyber Charter School Ads Dormont Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award
Friday, May 4, 2012
State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, has been pushing for an agreement between the two entities.
Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are extending their current contracts through Dec. 31, 2014. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, said he welcomes the news. According to news reports this week, Highmark subscribers will continue to have in-network access to all UPMC hospitals until 2015. UPMC's current contracts with Highmark were originally set to expire June 30, with an additional one year run-out period. Highmark and UPMC have also agreed in principle to ensure in-network access beyond 2014 to specialty UPMC facilities, such as Western Psychiatric Institute, certain oncological services and rural community hospitals. "This is great news for our region," said DeLuca, whose district covers Verona and Plum. "…
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Kenneth Melani was fired on Sunday. He has been charged with defiant trespass and simple assault after a fight with his mistress' husband last week.
The chief executive officer of Highmark, Kenneth R. Melani, was fired on Sunday. According to WTAE, the Highmark board of directors fired Melani. He had been placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after Oakmont police filed charges of defiant trespass and simple assault against him. Melani allegedly got into a fight with Oakmont resident Mark Myler last Sunday. Myler is the husband of Melani's mistress, Melissa Myler, who also was employed at Highmark. Melani began his career with Highmark in 1989 and had been CEO since 2003. He also served on many boards, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Washington and Jefferson College, and Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh. J. Robert Baum currently is acting CEO for the …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Kenneth R. Melani was charged Wednesday after an incident that occurred over the weekend.
The chief executive officer of Highmark is facing charges after allegedly fighting with his mistress' husband in Oakmont on Sunday, March 25. Oakmont police have charged Kenneth R. Melani, 58, of Fox Chapel, with defiant trespass and simple assault. Melani is taking an unpaid leave of absence, according to a statement from Highmark spokesman Michael Weinstein. Melani began his career with Highmark in 1989 and has been CEO since 2003, according to his biography on the Highmark website. He serves on many boards, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Washington and Jefferson College, and Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh. According to the criminal complaint filed at Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco's office: Police were …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Renovations, additional signs and two specialized centers are in the works.
West Penn Allegheny Health System and Highmark Inc. will pour $20 million into expanding services and renovating Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville this year, the companies said during a press conference Wednesday morning. Among projects planned for the hospital are renovations to nursing floors, the addition of signs on the building and along roads, and the creation of one center devoted to breast care and another to complex traumas. Dan Lebish, executive vice president with Highmark, said representatives of the two companies have been meeting weekly over the past three months. Highmark and WPAHS became affiliated last year and are planning a merger. “We’ve been going from top to bottom through the facility trying to identify ways …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The contract extension will expire June 30, 2013.
People with Highmark insurance can continue to visit University of Pittsburgh Medical Center medical offices and hospitals at an in-network rate for a little longer. On Thursday, Highmark and UPMC announced the two entities have agreed to a one-year extension. The contract will be in effect until June 30, 2013. According to WTAE, UPMC said the agreement "came after discussions led by Gov. (Tom) Corbett and a third-party mediator." Both entities have been trying to come to an agreement and negotiate a contract for months. However, due to Highmark's takeover of West Penn Allegheny Health System—a direct competitor of UPMC—talks eventually stalled. Local legislators have been hoping to play a role in urging both entities to come to an …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Legislation requiring UPMC to negotiate with Highmark on a contract has passed in the state House of Representatives.
Friday, December 16, 2011
The state House of Representatives has passed legislation spearheaded by state Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) to help resolve the conflict between UPMC and Highmark. The vote passed with a 186 to 6 vote on Thursday. DeLuca's district serves Verona and Plum. "House Bill 2052 would direct the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to negotiate with Highmark on a contract," DeLuca said in a press release. "If they cannot reach an agreement, provisions of the bill would trigger a mediation phase and, ultimately, binding arbitration if that becomes necessary." DeLuca said the vote follows six months of House and Senate Insurance Committee hearings, letters, media events and negotiations. "This issue is much too important to sit back and …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Highmark has made a total financial commitment of nearly $475 million.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Officials from Highmark Inc. and the West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc. (WPAHS) Tuesday announced another important milestone in their plans to build a new integrated health system. The two organizations announced that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement, which will soon be filed with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID). In addition to the PID, the transaction must be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Internal Revenue Service. “This transaction is critical to ensuring the continued vitality of the West Penn Allegheny Health System and maintaining provider choice in our community,” said Kenneth R. Melani, M.D., Highmark’s president and chief executive officer. “In recent weeks, we…