West Penn Allegheny trims job loss estimates

System vice president leaving

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West Penn Allegheny Health System officials estimate that about 400 employees will lose jobs as a result of its ongoing consolidation efforts.

As recently as June, officials had estimated that up to 1,500 workers would lose their jobs as services are moved from West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield to Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side. But a combination of jobs opening elsewhere in the system and the resignation of 220 employees has limited the loss of jobs.

Spokeswoman Kelly Sorice confirmed this morning that one of the resignations is Dawn Gideon, the executive vice president and chief of hospital operations, whose last day is today. Ms. Sorice said Ms. Gideon's departure was a mutual decision between her and WPAHS President and CEO Christopher Olivia.

"She was recruited to work through the strategic plan and that is now completed, so they both felt it was time for her to move on." She did not know Ms. Gideon's immediate plans other than to spend time with her husband at their home in South Carolina.

In a press release issued this morning, WPAHS officials said the health system "does not anticipate any additional jobs will be impacted as a result of its plans for West Penn Hospital."

West Penn will continue to offer inpatient care for its Women's and Infants Center, including obstetrics and gynecology, and for its burn unit and rehabilitation services. The West Penn School of Nursing and School of Respiratory Therapy will also remain on campus. One change from earlier plans is that bariatric surgery services will move from West Penn to AGH.


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