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UPMC: A Leading Health Care System

UPMC is a world-renowned, nonprofit health care provider and insurer committed to delivering exceptional, people-centered care and community services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is shaping the future of health through clinical and technological innovation, research, and education. Dedicated to advancing the well-being of our diverse communities, we provide more than $1 billion every year in community benefits, more than any other health system in Pennsylvania. Our 95,000 employees — including more than 5,000 physicians — care for patients across 40 hospitals and 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, as well as overseas. UPMC Insurance Services covers 4.5 million members with a focus on providing the highest-quality care at the most affordable price. To learn more, visit UPMC.com.

U.S. News and World Report consistently rank UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as the top hospital in Pittsburgh and one of the nation’s top hospitals in many specialties. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh ranks on U.S. News’ Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.

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Finding accurate, trustworthy health information online can be an overwhelming task. As UPMC’s blog for health and wellness information, UPMC HealthBeat publishes vetted, quality articles on the topics that matter most to you and your loved ones.

We know how important your health is, and we take that responsibility seriously. Backed by the expertise of UPMC, we seek to provide you with information that’s easy to understand. However, our content is not a substitute for information or advice you get from a medical professional. If you have a question about your own health, we encourage you to contact your doctor.

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We strive for editorial integrity by producing accurate, objective, and easy-to-understand content for the public. We have an in-house editorial staff that works to develop stories that inform our audience.

A team of seasoned writers produces the content. We draw our information from trustworthy sources, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government agencies, and other respected health organizations in addition to UPMC. Our articles often include interviews with UPMC experts who specialize in the subject matter.

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As part of UPMC’s commitment to dignity and respect, we aim to produce stories that meet the needs of our entire community, including typically underserved populations.

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