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Shown: Emily Parise and her daughter, Josie

For Emily: Life-saving cancer treatment

Two weeks after celebrating her 29th birthday, Emily Parise discovered a lump in her breast. Next came the biopsy, and two days later, Emily was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.


Formed in 2013, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is a renowned integrated delivery network located primarily in western Pennsylvania. AHN includes eight hospitals; more than 2,500 affiliated physicians; ambulatory surgery centers; Health + Wellness Pavilions; home- and community-based health services; a research institute; and a group purchasing organization.

The network is 17,500 employees strong and serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. AHN also has a clinical and research partnership with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

AHN provides patients with care through several centers of excellence and advanced specialties, and is spearheading unique innovations and efficiencies that are resulting in more effective and affordable health care for patients. AHN continues to garner national recognition as a leading provider of high-quality, comprehensive health care services and as an increasingly important pioneer of research and medical breakthroughs.

In 2015, AHN continued to make progress in strengthening operations through investments in programs, facilities and technologies that enhanced the scope, quality and accessibility of the services that it provides. Investments in AHN facilities and services in western Pennsylvania totaled $180 million in 2015 and included an expanded Bethel Park Health + Wellness Pavilion; major infrastructure renovations and a new 48-bed intensive care/telemetry unit at Allegheny General Hospital; a new multidisciplinary sleep disorder center; a new, state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit at West Penn Hospital; radiation oncology services at Jefferson Hospital; a new urgent care center in Braddock; a business unit dedicated to at-home care; a new electronic medical records system that is being deployed across the AHN footprint; and a new orthopedic medicine and sports performance center in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, as well as ongoing support for many community initiatives in the communities we are proud to serve.

Read AHN's moving stories about Emily, Rick and its new maternity ward to learn more about how AHN is consistently getting health care right for the community members it serves.

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Awards & Recognition

Allegheny Health Network's hospitals and programs receive top rankings

Allegheny Health Network was home to the top-rated Pittsburgh-area hospitals in 2015 for cardiac care, women’s care, spinal surgery and trauma care, according to Comparion Medical Analytics. Comparion also cited AHN as one of the top organ transplant programs in the country and as the leading heart transplant program in the state, based on measures of medical excellence.

Allegheny Health Network nurses recognized as "Cameo of Caring" award winners

Eleven Allegheny Health Network registered nurses were among the honorees at the 15th annual "Cameos of Caring" awards gala in November 2015. The Cameos awards honor exceptional nurses, selected by their peers, who work at acute care hospitals throughout the region.

Six AHN hospitals recognized for the quality of their heart failure programs

Six Allegheny Health Network hospitals—Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley, Canonsburg, Forbes, Jefferson and Saint Vincent hospitals—received national recognition for the quality of their heart failure programs from the American Heart and American Stroke associations.

Allegheny General Hospital designated an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization "Center of Excellence"

AGH was one of the few adult-only medical centers in the United States to receive international recognition for its Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation treatment program, which helps patients with failing hearts and lungs. The AGH program was designated an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization "Center of Excellence."

Fast Fact

Allegheny Health Network is one of the few hospital systems in Pennsylvania that increased inpatient and outpatient volume in 2015. Inpatient discharges rose 5 percent and outpatient registrations improved by nearly 2 percent.

Fast Fact

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight aeromedical program, the first of its kind in the northeastern United States, annually transports more than 2,000 critically ill and injured patients, many of them to the region's #1 rated trauma center at Allegheny General Hospital.

Fast Fact

"Diamond Care," AHN's new surgical quality and efficiency protocol, has reduced the average length of stay on total knee and hip replacements from 4.03 days in 2013 to 2.85 in 2015, a 29 percent reduction. Complication rates dropped by 37 percent.

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