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Highlights: Allegheny Health Network

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Allegheny Health Network (AHN), a nonprofit, charitable organization, serves western Pennsylvania and parts of neighboring states. Commencing operations in 2013, AHN is a $4 billion health and wellness organization that has more than 300 clinical locations, including 13 hospitals throughout western Pennsylvania and one in western New York; Health + Wellness Pavilions; a comprehensive research institute; ambulatory surgery centers; employed physician organizations; home- and community-based health services; and a group purchasing organization.

AHN employs about 22,000 people, has 2,600 physicians on its medical staff, is affiliated with two nursing schools, and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In 2022, 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 AHN Seneca Valley Outpatient Center, AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center, and a new Innovation Hub at the former AGH Suburban Hospital campus in Bellevue.

AHN is also continuing work on a new $14 million skin cancer and melanoma center at West Penn Hospital, which will open in 2023, and a $70 million Health + Wellness Pavilion in North Fayette, which will house AHN's Center for Reproductive Medicine and other programs.

Investing in the workplace of the future: AHN launches innovative solutions to recruit and retain frontline caregivers

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic began to transition to an endemic in 2022, the residual effects of burnout among health care professionals — particularly nurses and other frontline caregivers — continued to roil the industry. Like other providers locally and across the country, Allegheny Health Network has been challenged by workforce shortages, and the challenges have been felt most acutely in direct-care nursing as a result of pandemic fatigue and competition in the labor market.

Recognizing the need for a robust, innovative talent retention and recruitment strategy across its footprint, in 2022, AHN announced a workforce investment of more than $92 million, with a significant portion of that investment allocated to direct-care nursing wages and benefits.

AHN increased the minimum hourly rate for direct care (bedside) graduate nurses; increased the hourly rates and accelerated merit increases of incumbent nurses; and offered loan and tuition forgiveness for graduates of AHN’s West Penn School of Nursing and Citizens School of Nursing in exchange for a three-year commitment to work at AHN.

The network also launched a variety of enhanced lifestyle and career-development programs designed to improve the work-life experience and advance the professional growth of those who help the organization achieve its mission every day. Among those programs is a mobile internal staffing model that allows nurses, as well as surgical technologists, to travel to where the staffing need is greatest, rotating among AHN’s acute-care hospitals, for premium pay.

The mobile team is part of AHN's broader "Work Your Way" lifestyle initiative, which offers competitive wages, travel reimbursements, and increased flexibility of practice for eligible AHN nurses. Other elements of the initiative include the opportunity to work steady nights or steady weekends. In addition, those who work at other organizations can pick up shifts on the weekends at any AHN facility without the full-time commitment. The initiative provides nurses an opportunity to work on their terms and on their schedule.

Allegheny Health Network to boost nurses' pay [article]

Other Highlights

Five AHN hospitals earned the highest possible safety rating — grade A — in The Leapfrog Group's fall 2022 survey, a national report that recognizes hospitals for the quality and safety of the care they provide to patients.

In 2022, AHN opened the largest sports medicine and soccer complex of its kind in the U.S.: AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center.

Insight: Responding to Nationwide Staffing Challenges

AHN announced a workforce investment of more than $92 million, with a significant portion of that investment allocated to direct-care nursing wages and benefits.