West Penn Allegheny Health System weighs new name, services at Suburban

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The West Penn Allegheny Health System is considering changing its name, and it is re-evaluating services at its Suburban Hospital facility in Bellevue.

Those possibilities were raised on Monday at town hall meetings presided over by WPAHS President and CEO Christopher Olivia with employees at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital.

No timeline was mentioned for final decisions on either issue.

Spokesman Dan Laurent said WPAHS was considering the change "as part of our overall restructuring and reorganization." Once that is complete, he said, the region's second-largest health system "is going to look very different, and we're looking at whether a new name would be more suitable for the organization."

As for AGH Suburban, Mr. Laurent said, "We're exploring all possibilities out there, and no decisions have been made."

Last week, WPAHS spokeswoman Kelly Sorice said the system was not planning to leave any of the communities in which it has facilities. So, rather than closing Suburban, it could be converted into an outpatient or ambulatory surgical center.

Suburban has a wide range of services, including surgical, rehabilitation and emergency care.

In addition to AGH on the North Side and West Penn in Bloomfield, West Penn Allegheny Health System has hospitals in Natrona Heights, Bellevue, Canonsburg and Monroeville.

West Penn merged with AGH and its three suburban satellites -- Forbes Regional, Canonsburg and Allegheny Valley hospitals -- following the 1998 bankruptcy of AGH's parent corporation, the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation.

Steve Twedt: stwedt@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1963.


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