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Dillon Carr

Allegheny Health Network has appointed two new chief nursing officers at its hospitals in Harrison and Monroeville.

Marcia Cook will serve as chief nursing officer at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison, while Lynn C. Kosar will assume the same role at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

“We are thrilled to welcome these two outstanding professionals into their new roles,” said Claire Zangerle, AHN’s chief nursing executive. “Their experience and proven commitment to the highest standards of nursing and patient care excellence will be a tremendous asset to our organization and the people and communities that we serve.”

A chief nursing officer (CNO) serves as a hospital’s highest nursing management position, said Stephanie Waite, an AHN spokeswoman.

“He or she coordinates all daily nursing operations, develops an environment that fosters excellent clinical care and oversees all nurse managers,” Waite said.

Cook comes from her most recent post as director of professional practice and education at AHN’s Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Before that, she was the corporate director of quality and clinical operations and HIPAA compliance officer for Adagio Health.

Cook has held leadership positions at Excela Health, UPMC St. Margaret hospital near Aspinwall and Mercy Jeannette.

She earned her doctor of nursing practice degree from Carlow University, a master of public management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carlow and a diploma of nursing from the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing.

She also teaches nursing students seeking master’s and doctoral degrees at Carlow University’s College of Health and Wellness and is an adjunct faculty member at Chatham University.

Kosar brings 17 years of nursing executive leadership experience, most recently working as a clinical director of inpatient services at UPMC Passavant hospital. During her tenure there, she helped lead the hospital to Magnet designation in 2017 — an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center to hospitals that meet criteria that measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

Before UPMC Passavant, Kosar served as the director of clinical operations for the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence and started her career with the former Forbes Metropolitan Hospital, a predecessor of the current Forbes Hospital.

She earned her Master of Science in nursing administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and an associate degree in nursing from the Community College of Allegheny County.

Kosar also currently serves on the board of directors for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders.

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