PPC Worldwide Donates $25,000 (AUS) To Flood Recovery Efforts

January 25, 2011

PPC Worldwide, a division of OptumHealth, Australia’s largest Employee Assistance Services (EAP) Vendor, is donating $25,000 (AUS) to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund in support of flood recovery efforts.

“The recent floods have been devastating to our local communities,” said Ian Shakespeare, senior vice president Asia-Pacific, PPC-Worldwide. “We are concerned about the health and well-being of our members and all who have been affected by the floods. We are committed to supporting our communities’ needs.”

“The floods have been particularly traumatic for people who may have lost a loved one, their home or personal property, or have been displaced,” said Rose Zaffino, director of clinical services for PPC Worldwide. “It can cause emotional and physical stress. People need to take care of their families and themselves as they focus on clean-up and repair.”

Zaffino suggests people who are affected by floods should:

  • Rest often and eat well.
  • Keep a manageable schedule. Make a list and do jobs one at a time.
  • Reach out and discuss their concerns with a trusted family member or friend, or contact the Red Cross and talk to a professional crisis counselor to help get them through this difficult time.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals and families affected by the floods,” said Ed Radkiewicz, global managing director of PPC Worldwide. “As part of its global employee assistance services, PPC Worldwide plays a unique role in providing counseling and other services to help affected members get through a disaster, much like we have in past crises, such as the Bali Bombing and the more recent Chilean Earthquake.”

To find out how you can get assistance, donate or volunteer, visit the Queensland state government Web site at www.qld.gov.au.

About PPC Worldwide
PPC Worldwide (who recently acquired and merged with IPS Worldwide), a division of OptumHealth, is a leading multinational provider of employee assistance programs work/life, well-being and personal development services. As a pioneer of this sector drawing on 30 years of experience, PPC Worldwide provides services to almost 3,000 organizations, covering three million employees in more than 100 countries. More information about PPC can be found at www.ppcworldwide.com.

OptumHealth helps individuals navigate the health care system, finance their health care needs and achieve their health and well-being goals. The company’s personalized health advocacy and engagement programs tap a unique combination of capabilities that encompass care solutions, behavioral solutions, specialty benefits and financial services. Serving nearly 60 million people, OptumHealth is one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies. It is a business unit of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). More information about OptumHealth can be found at www.optumhealth.com.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, OptumHealth, Ingenix and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.  

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