Network shuffles Allegheny Valley Hospital leadership
By Liz Hayes
Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 1:46 a.m.
West Penn Allegheny Health System on Thursday announced a reorganization of the leadership at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison.
Ned Laubacher, who has served as president and chief executive officer since 2009, will now have the title executive vice president of the eastern corridor.
In his new role, Laubacher, 49, will oversee strategy, operations and performance for both AVH and Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.
AVH, along with an ambulatory care center in New Kensington, comprise the Alle-Kiski Medical Center.
“This eastern corridor is a vital area of growth for our system,” said Michael Greene, interim chief operating officer for West Penn Allegheny, which includes AKMC. “I believe Ned's exceptional leadership and experience will be valuable as we further enhance our abilities in this important market.”
The financially strapped health system is facing new competition in the region now that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has opened the UPMC East hospital in Monroeville, about a mile away from Forbes.
Meanwhile, longtime AVH administrator Michael Harlovic will step into Laubacher's former role of president while continuing as chief nursing officer.
Harlovic has worked at the hospital since 1992, most recently serving as chief operating officer as well as chief nursing officer. He filled in as interim president during the six-month gap between the departure of CEO Cindy Schamp in June 2008 and Laubacher's arrival in February 2009.
The health system reported that Reese Jackson will remain as president of Forbes, with both him and Harlovic reporting to Laubacher.
“I am very confident that this executive team will work well together, under Ned's leadership, to strengthen our presence in the eastern corridor,” said Greene.
Laubacher came to West Penn Allegheny from Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., where he served as vice president of operations and strategic services.
During his tenure, Allegheny Valley was named the fifth best hospital in Western Pennsylvania when the U.S. News & World Report released its 2011-12 Best Hospital rankings.
An $11 million expansion of the emergency room was completed in 2010. The hospital also expanded its offerings by announcing the opening of an out-patient clinic in Vandergrift with plans for two more clinics; purchasing the Radiological Imaging Center in Harrison; and opening an acute rehabilitation unit for longer-term care.
Just as Laubacher arrived in early 2009, the hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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