UPMC’s paid time off (PTO) program allows our employees to earn PTO benefits that provide time off from work to take care of the things you consider important. Tune in to hear from our employees on how they use their PTO to seek adventure, try new hobbies, and travel the world!

A Memorable Memorial Day Trip

Jami Teets, an Internal Auditor at UPMC, had a memorable experience when she was on vacation using her PTO a few years ago! 

“My boyfriend (also a UPMC employee) and I moved to Pittsburgh from Alaska. We purchased a home and are busy doing projects on it. For fun, we are constantly exploring the fun that Pittsburgh has to offer— shows, comedy, hiking with our dogs, gaming, and finding new hangouts. I am working on setting up my in–home pottery studio and also making décor for our house. We also enjoy traveling, and had the chance to venture to Angel Rocks in Zion National Park. Over one Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend proposed on a trip to Niagara Falls!”

Adventuring Abroad

Gail Beicke, a Specialty Coordinator with the UPMC Health Plan, enjoys using her time off from work to embark on adventures across the world with her husband!

“My husband and I have lots of hobbies, but two of our favorites are scuba diving and ballroom dancing. We have had the pleasure of diving fantastic places all over the world including the island(s) of Galapagos, the Maldives, Honduras, Bonaire, Little Cayman, and the Exumas. Our local hobby is dancing—we spend a few hours a week at the Arthur Murray dance studio in Wexford.”

Tropical Getaway

A benefit of UPMC’s PTO program is that most employees can roll over their vacation time from year to year. Sr. HR Consultant Maria Locher used her PTO for some exciting experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful places!

“A few years ago, I used the PTO that I accrued over the years for my wedding and honeymoon (in Jamaica). We also went on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean where my husband and I visited the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Turks and Caicos!”

And Much More…

“My husband and I enjoy going for Harley rides, sometimes close to home, and sometimes farther away. One year we flew to Las Vegas, then rented a Harley, and rode through Nevada, Utah, and California. We enjoy taking in the different scenery and landscape wherever we may travel.” —Amanda Holtz, Medical Technologist • UPMC Altoona

“My favorite way to use PTO is to take a bike ride, or a walk in the park, and read a good book.” —Ellen King, Project Analyst •  UPMC Health Plan

“I love the outdoors, gardening and hiking and recently joined the Western PA Mushroom club. One fall, I took a PTO day to go attend the Lincoff Foray in Cooks Forest. I also volunteer with the Baldwin Historical Society. Our biggest accomplishment is the moving and restoration of an 1840 log house.” —Patricia Houck, Lead Statistician  UPMC Health Plan

“I attend a 4-day scrapbook conference twice a year. When I take a ‘Porchville’ vacation I will visit the wonderful attractions in the area, Phipps, the Zoo and the Carnegie Museums.” —Sheri Dunfee, HIM Technician • UPMC St. Margaret


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