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Overview

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is a tax-exempt charitable organization, the sole member of which is Highmark Health, serving western Pennsylvania and parts of neighboring states. Commencing operations in 2013, AHN is a $3.6 billion health and wellness organization that has more than 300 clinical facilities, including hospitals throughout western Pennsylvania and one in western New York; Health + Wellness Pavilions; a comprehensive research institute; ambulatory surgery centers; an employed physician organization; home- and community-based health services; and a group purchasing organization. AHN employs about 21,000 people, has nearly 2,600 physicians on its medical staff, and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In 2020, 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 opened four new neighborhood hospitals, welcomed Grove City Medical Center (now AHN Grove City) into its family of hospitals, and opened a new academic cancer care center and research hub on the Allegheny General Hospital campus. Because of restrictions and safety protocols necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, AHN also made substantial investments in its telehealth and video visit capabilities to accommodate a dramatic increase in demand for virtual medicine.

COVID-19 UPDATES: As of March 31, 2021, AHN has delivered more than 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots at facilities and pop-up clinics throughout its region. For up-to-date information, please visit the AHN COVID-19 resources page.

In 2020, AHN administered about 107,000 COVID-19 tests.

To meet increased patient demand during COVID-19 for virtual medicine and online care, in 2020, AHN carried out nearly 500,000 telehealth encounters.

In 2020, AHN opened two more Healthy Food Centers, one at Allegheny General Hospital and another at Jefferson Hospital. The centers act as a “food pharmacy” where patients who lack access to food can receive nutritious food items, education on disease-specific diets, and additional services for other social challenges they might face.

Because of the worldwide shortage of fully assembled COVID-19 test kits that occurred in early 2020, AHN and Highmark Health employees volunteered to assemble their own, completing 137,000 sample collection kits.


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