West Penn Allegheny Health System has finalized the corporate merger of its two principal hospitals, 468-bed Allegheny General Hospital and 450-bed Western Pennsylvania Hospital.
The integration consolidates the systems 33-member board of directors and the respective boards of Allegheny General and Western Penn into one single governing entity. The system has also begun to explore or effect integration in a number of clinical areas, including cardiothoracic and vascular surgery and radiation oncology, officials said.
It is an ongoing journey, not a destination led and directed by physician leadership, said system President and Chief Executive Officer W. Keith Smith in a news release. The five-hospital health system was created in 2000 out of the embers of the bankrupt Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation. With the completion of this important initiative, our system has taken another critical step in its evolution, said David McClenahan, chairman of the systems board of directors, in the news release. -- by Cinda Becker
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