Edward Klaman was named president and chief executive officer of Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, succeeding Mark Palmer, who resigned effective Aug. 1.
Klaman, 62, was executive vice president and chief hospital officer at 450-bed West Penn Hospital from 2002 until April 2007, when he retired, and vice president of network development for West Penn Allegheny Health System before that. Prior to joining the system, he served as CEO for Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington, Pa. He also was previously an executive vice president for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Palmer resigned in light of the organizations need to chart a new strategic course. His resignation followed the departure earlier this month of Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of West Penn Allegheny Health System, who led the five-hospital system through a $700 million bond refinancing last month. -- by Cinda Becker