Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

The Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter an­nounced that LifeSo­lu­tions, its not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that spe­cial­izes in em­ployee as­sis­tance pro­grams, has ac­quired Erie, Pa.-based North­west Bea­con EAP. Though fi­nan­cial de­tails of the agree­ment are not be­ing re­leased, the deal calls for six North­west Bea­con EAP staff to be re­tained as part of the pur­chase. They will con­tinue serv­ing their 60 north­west Penn­syl­va­nia clients from their Erie of­fice but as em­ploy­ees of LifeSo­lu­tions. “While the de­ci­sion to sell North­west Bea­con was dif­fi­cult, I wanted to find a part­ner with the ex­pe­ri­ence and re­sources to take the EAP pro­gram to the next level,” Jonathan Evans, pres­i­dent and CEO of Safe Har­bor, North­west Bea­con’s par­ent com­pany, said in a re­lease. LifeSo­lu­tions, as part of the UPMC WorkPart­ners health and pro­duc­tiv­ity so­lu­tions, of­fers con­fi­den­tial as­sess­ment, re­fer­ral and short-term coun­sel­ing ser­vices to client em­ploy­ees and their house­hold mem­bers. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also con­sults with con­tracted or­ga­ni­za­tions’ man­agers, HR de­part­ments and other com­pany lead­ers to im­prove per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity with a fo­cus on hu­man cap­i­tal. “Be­cause they are part of UPMC, they are able to bring the lat­est re­search and pro­gram so­lu­tions to their EAP cus­tomers,” Evans said. North­west Bea­con EAP ser­vices are a pre-paid ben­e­fit to or­ga­ni­za­tion em­ploy­ees. They are pro­vided by pro­fes­sional coun­selors, so­cial work­ers or ther­a­pists, all of whom have a master’s de­gree and state li­cen­sure. Spe­cial­ists also are avail­able to deal with spe­cific is­sues, in­clud­ing al­co­hol abuse, chil­dren/par­ent­ing con­cerns and re­la­tion­ship stresses. New ben­e­fits for cur­rent North­west Bea­con clients in­clude a 24-hour tele­phone con­sul­ta­tion hot­line to ad­dress spe­cific work­place sit­u­a­tions, un­lim­ited tele­phone man­ager con­sul­ta­tion and ac­cess to a com­put­er­ized self-help pro­gram cre­ated to help peo­ple with mild de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

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