A week would not be complete without some disingenuous posturing by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Lately, it was the contention by spokesperson Paul Wood that UPMC is so revered it can pick and choose whatever local physicians it wants to hire or retain ("Highmark vs. UPMC: The Recruitment Begins For Doctors And Practices," May 5).
Mr. Wood's memo must have missed the desks of leading former UPMC physicians Howard Edington, Blair Jobe, Susan Manzi, Ngoc Thai, Victor Prisk, Thomas Krivak and Sherif Rizk, to name just a few. It apparently also wasn't received by the physicians of Triangle Urology, the city's largest urology practice; Premiere Medical Associates, the region's largest independent physician group; or the Seasons OB/GYN practice. All coveted by UPMC, they freely choose to bring their talents to the Allegheny Health Network instead.
Physicians want to practice medicine in an environment that places the highest priority on patient care quality and safety. They want to be respected and have a voice in decision making that will help advance the patient experience and lead to better patient outcomes in their practices. The Allegheny Health Network is where such opportunity lies.
Over the past 12 months, many doctors in the region have reached out to our organization with hopes of becoming part of the unique patient-centered care model we are developing. They desire to practice within a system of hospitals that are widely recognized by independent organizations -- including US News -- for having the best clinical outcomes and patient safety scores across almost every medical specialty.
We look forward to welcoming many of these physicians into the Allegheny Health Network and to working with them to better meet the community's health care needs.
DAVID PARDA, M.D.
Cancer Institute and Radiation Oncology
West Penn Allegheny Health System