West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, named a former healthcare consultant to the newly created role of executive vice president and chief of hospital operations. Dawn Gideon, formerly a managing director for Huron Consulting Group, joined the struggling five-hospital system in April 2008 as president and chief executive officer of its 448-bed Western Pennsylvania Hospital, also in Pittsburgh, and 264-bed Western Pennsylvania Hospital-Forbes Campus, Monroeville, Pa.
Gideon will oversee hospital operations across the system, which has launched a $66 million turnaround plan and undergone an executive-level shake-up since the March 2008 arrival of Christopher Olivia, West Penn Alleghenys president and CEO. Gideon will continue to act as chief executive at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and the smaller Forbes Campus, while the system recruits her successor to oversee the two hospitals and 473-bed Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. The effort to hire one CEO for all three hospitals is part of a broader push to integrate clinical and administrative leadership, said West Penn Allegheny spokesman Dan Laurent.