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West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) is the second-largest provider of healthcare in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

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Background

The West Penn Allegheny Health System comprises two tertiary and four community hospitals: Allegheny General Hospital and Western Pennsylvania Hospital, both in Pittsburgh; and Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Harrison Township, Canonsburg General Hospital in Canonsburg, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital - Forbes Regional Campus in Monroeville, and Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus in Bellevue. Offering a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services, the hospitals serve Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area, house nearly 2,000 beds and employ more than 13,000 people. Together, the WPAHS hospitals admit nearly 79,000 patients, log over 200,000 emergency visits and deliver more than 4,000 newborns each year. Combined, the hospitals are among the leaders in percentages of total surgeries, cardiac surgeries, neurosurgeries and cardiac catheterization procedures performed throughout the region.[1]

Allegheny General Hospital serves as the western Pennsylvania campus for the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital serves as the western Pennsylvania campus for Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. [2]

Forbes Hospice, based in Oakland, opened in 1979 as Pittsburgh’s first end-of-life and palliative care program. [3]

West Penn Allegheny Health System’s STAR Center (Simulation, Training and Academic Research Center), provides simulation training for medical, nursing and other health care professionals. [4]

The system competes against much-larger UPMC. In April 2009, West Penn filed an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against the UPMC and Highmark Inc., the region’s largest insurer. The suit claimed that UPMC and Highmark had conspired to create a monopoly, saying, among other things, that UPMC had refused to contract with smaller health insurance companies at reasonable rates and in exchange, Highmark had agreed to pay UPMC at inflated rates.[5] The lawsuit was later dismissed with prejudice.[6] The System has filed an appeal of this judgment.[7]

Financials

In 2007 the hospital group issued more than $750 million in high-yield debt, the largest junk bond offering by a nonprofit health care concern. In 2008, system had an operating loss of $89 million and a net loss of $57.8 million.[8] For fiscal year 2009,the health system posted a net loss of $25.2 million, compared with a $57.8 million loss in fiscal 2008 when they were forced to make a $73 million write down. Total revenues were $1.6 billion for the year, a 7 percent increase.[9]

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In July 2009 the hospital group announced it was furloughing 185 full-time equivalent people, through attrition, eliminating vacant positions and layoffs. The system employed a total of about 13,000 people.[10]

On Dec. 1, 2009, West Penn Allegheny Health System recorded its second consecutive quarterly profit. The system had net profit of $4.3 million for the first qusrter of fiscal 2010, and a net profit of $2.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. [11]

Recognition

In December 2006, the Western Pennsylvania Hospital became the first hospital in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to receive prestigious Magnet recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet status recognizes excellence in nursing and quality patient care and has been achieved by only 4 percent of all healthcare facilities in the U.S.

The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute is a nationally recognized provider of advanced treatment programs for patients with blood related disorders. In 2001 it was one of 35 centers nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation.

Allegheny General was the first hospital in the region to receive designation as a Level I Shock Trauma Center, which is the highest designation available, and its LifeFlight aeromedical service was the first to fly in the northeastern United States. [12]

The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, based at Allegheny General, is a cancer research initiative supported by the National Cancer Institute and coordinates the efforts of more than 6,000 medical professionals in the study of breast and bowel cancer. Some of the most prominent research into breast and colorectal cancer treatment and prevention has come from the NSABP. [13]

In 2007, Allegheny General opened the region's first dedicated inpatient Stroke Unit that centralizes and coordinates the multidisciplinary care of stroke patients. In 2009, AGH ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. medical centers for the treatment of stroke, according to HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The hospital has also been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and was named a Stroke Center of Excellence by NeuStrategy, a Chicago-based healthcare think tank. More than 1,000 stroke patients are admitted to AGH annually. [14]

For three consecutive years – 2007, 2008 and 2009 - West Penn has been recognized as the best hospital in Pennsylvania for weight-loss surgery by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings organization. [15]

Established in 1969, West Penn Burn Center at West Penn Hospital treats more than 500 inpatients per year and serves as a national, regional and community resource dedicated to the prevention and care of burn injuries. West Penn Burn Center is the only burn center in the region verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is the only burn center in Pennsylvania to earn ABA/ACS verification four times. [16]

West Penn Hospital’s obstetrics program is one of the region’s busiest and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the region’s largest referral resources for sick newborns. [17]

References

  1. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/about/index.html
  2. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/about/index.html
  3. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/hospice/index.html
  4. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/star/index.html
  5. ^ Todd Rodriguez (April 23, 2009). "West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc. Files Anti-trust Lawsuit Against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc.". Physician News. http://physicianlaw.foxrothschild.com/2009/04/articles/pennsylvania-legislation/west-penn-allegheny-health-system-inc-files-antitrust-lawsuit-against-university-of-pittsburgh-medical-center-and-highmark-inc/. 
  6. ^ Toland, Bill; Twedt, Steve (2009-10-30). "West Penn's lawsuit dismissed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09303/1009467-28.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  7. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09325/1015185-28.stm
  8. ^ Gretchen Morgenson (August 29, 2009). "Fresh Air in the Muni Market". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/business/30gret.html. 
  9. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09303/1009623-100.stm
  10. ^ "West Penn Allegheny Health System lays off employees". Pittsburgh Business Times. July 9, 2009. http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2009/07/06/daily38.html. 
  11. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_655587.html
  12. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/lifeflight/
  13. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/agh/about/index.html
  14. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/agh/news/index.cfm?mode=view&article=1810
  15. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/wph/news/index.cfm?mode=view&article=1488
  16. ^ http://www.westpennburncenter.com/
  17. ^ http://www.wpahs.org/wph/about/index.html

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