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UBC Inc. and Regence Are Charter Sponsors of Greater Seattle Chapter of Disability Management Employer Coalition


The Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC’s) new Washington (Greater Seattle) chapter took a major step forward when Regence Blue Cross BlueShield and UBC, Inc., became the chapter’s Charter Sponsors in July.

“It was not difficult finding the joint charter sponsors for this chapter,” said Sharon Milligan, DMEC Chapter and Volunteer Liaison. “Both Regence and UBC, Inc., are very active organizations in the absence and disability management community in Greater Seattle, supported the chapter’s development since the first meeting in November of 2009, and will provide excellent tools and resources to the chapter and our members into 2011.”

Explains Karen Wollgast, HR Benefits Consultant at Regence, “Regence has been a member of DMEC since 2003. I’m very excited to have a local chapter resource and network group for the Greater Seattle area. This chapter is such a wonderful wealth of information, expertise and support for IDM efforts.”

“UBC, Inc. is proud to be a 2010 joint charter sponsor for DMEC’s Greater Seattle chapter. The staff at UBC is thrilled to partner with DMEC in the spirit of occupational injury-prevention and in support of our fellow Washingtonians returning to life, work, and wellness,” adds Ryan Guppy, CDMS, Business Development Manager/Vocational Consultant at UBC, Inc.

The Washington (Greater Seattle) chapter provided a full schedule of meetings for 2010 and is completing its 2011 meeting schedule. For more information on all DMEC chapter meetings and events including webinars, visit the DMEC website calendar of events at

About DMEC
The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is a non-profit organization that advances strategies and resources to improve workforce productivity by minimizing the impact of absence and disability. The primary goal of DMEC is to assist employers in developing cost-saving programs and returning employees to productive employment. Visit for more information about educational publications and events.

About Regence
Regence operates in 4 states, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Washington. In Washington state, Regence offers plans and provider networks in the areas of: hospital, medical, health savings accounts, mental health and chemical dependency, dental, pharmacy and vision. Plan networks include: Blue Shield, ActivateSM, InnovaSM, EngageSM, Regence MedAdvantage PPO Plan (Medicare eligibles), Boeing, and Health Venture. Their website is

About UBC, Inc.
Since 1984 UBC – an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic – has been providing comprehensive, progressive, goal-oriented rehabilitation and injury prevention programs to individuals with functional limitations and chronic pain. Professionals in workers’ compensation, risk management, human resources, safety, and disability & absence management agree that UBC’s On-Site Injury Prevention and Return-to-Work Rehabilitation programs are invaluable. Furthermore, UBC expertly gives clients and stakeholders the tools to facilitate complex claim resolution. Their website,, includes useful tools for professionals such as Washington Healthcare News article library, and instructional videos on body mechanics for office, worksite and walking exercise.


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