Allegheny Health Network, a tax-exempt charitable organization, the sole member of which is Highmark Health, is the parent company of an integrated health care delivery network (collectively, AHN) serving western Pennsylvania. Commencing operations in 2013, AHN today includes eight hospitals (its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital 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); 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. AHN employs about 20,000 people, has more than 2,300 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.
In 2018, AHN continued to make significant investments in facilities, programs, and technologies that enhance the scope, quality, and accessibility of its services. Over the course of the year, AHN broke ground on three neighborhood hospitals, five community cancer centers, a full-service hospital in Wexford, a Health + Wellness Pavilion in Erie, an emergency department expansion at Jefferson Hospital, and a new academic cancer center on the campus of Allegheny General Hospital. It also opened several new facilities, including a Downtown Pittsburgh medical center, an outpatient facility near Aspinwall, an expanded emergency department at Westfield Memorial Hospital, a Women's Health Center and Institute at Saint Vincent Hospital, an Autoimmunity Institute at West Penn Hospital, and the Alexis Joy D'Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at West Penn Hospital.
Also in 2018, AHN's financial transformation continued; it reported its second consecutive year of positive operating income and also closed on $1 billion in bond financing, AHN's first ever public, tax-exempt financing. The bonds were assigned an "A" credit rating, with a stable outlook based on a group rating by S&P Global Ratings, and were used to refinance existing debt.
Read about lupus patient Melissa Hood and the care she received at AHN's newly opened Autoimmunity Institute, which is changing the way patients who live with autoimmune disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease receive their care.
In 2018, Allegheny General Hospital was one of 25 hospitals in the United States and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to perform surgeon-controlled, computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery using a new technology called ExactechGPS.
Forbes Hospital in Monroeville celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018, and in the years since its May 1, 1978 opening, the hospital has continually demonstrated its commitment to excellence, growth, innovation, and compassionate care focused on the community's needs.
AHN's four labor and delivery units at West Penn, Saint Vincent, Jefferson, and Forbes hospitals delivered more than 7,700 babies in 2018, and, since 2013, the number of births at AHN hospitals has grown by 60 percent. In 2018, AHN announced that it would be building a fifth obstetrical unit at AHN Wexford Hospital, which is now under construction.