Formed in 2013, Allegheny Health Network is an integrated health care delivery system serving western Pennsylvania. The network is composed of eight hospitals: Allegheny General Hospital (its flagship academic medical center) in Pittsburgh; Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights; Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg; Forbes Hospital in Monroeville; Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills; Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie; West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh; and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, New York. The network is also home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; ambulatory surgery centers; an employed physician organization; home- and community-based health services; and a group purchasing organization. The network employs about 19,000 people, has more than 2,800 physicians on its medical staff, and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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 earn national recognition as a leading provider of high-quality, comprehensive health care services and is recognized as a pioneer in medical research.
In 2017, AHN continued to make progress in strengthening operations through investments in programs, facilities, and technologies that enhance the scope, quality, and accessibility of its services. Last year alone, AHN and its business partners announced a new same-day appointment campaign that allows patients to be seen by primary care physicians and specialists on the same day they request care; a $115 million investment in Saint Vincent Hospital and its satellite facilities in the Erie region; a $225 million investment in cancer care, including the construction on a new academic Cancer Institute on the Allegheny General Hospital campus and a half-dozen community cancer centers; and a $700 million investment in emergency and specialty care access that will result in the construction of five new hospitals in the Pittsburgh region, including a new full-scale, hospital in Wexford capable of housing 160 beds and four new small-scale "neighborhood" hospitals, the first of which will be built in Westmoreland County.
AHN’s four labor and delivery units at West Penn, Saint Vincent, Jefferson, and Forbes hospitals delivered nearly 7,500 babies in 2017. AHN is the fastest-growing labor and delivery program in western Pennsylvania.
In 2017, AHN opened western Pennsylvania's first after-hours clinic for cancer patients, in order to address patients’ unique symptom-management needs outside of regular business hours, providing care in the most appropriate setting and keeping cancer patients out of the emergency department.
Allegheny Health Network's LifeFlight, one of the nation's preeminent air-medical transport programs, opened its fifth medical helicopter base at Clarion Hospital in 2017, joining LifeFlight bases at Canonsburg Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Butler Airport, and Rostraver Airport. LifeFlight celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.