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Peg McCormick Barron Named Executive Vice President of External Affairs for West Penn Allegheny Health System

Monday, October 26th, 2009

West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) announced today that Margaret “Peg” McCormick Barron has been named executive vice president of external affairs. Barron has served as vice president of legislative affairs for the organization since 2003.

In her new capacity at West Penn Allegheny, Barron will be the System’s senior-most administrator responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with public officials to gain fiscal and legislative support for WPAHS priorities. She will also oversee the development and execution of the System’s community affairs, corporate communications and marketing programs.

“Peg brings a wealth of experience to this important senior leadership position, which is charged with aligning our internal and external messaging to enhance the organization’s image and build understanding among our various constituencies,” said Christopher T. Olivia, MD, WPAHS president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Olivia said Barron’s contributions to the organization have been substantial in establishing stronger relationships with local, state and federal lawmakers. She has developed and implemented strategies that have secured annual federal earmark grants and state capital grants for WPAHS member hospitals totaling nearly $18 million since 2004.

Barron also directed lobbying activities throughout 2006 credited with securing special language in the federal pension reform bill that provided extra time for WPAHS to implement new requirements. In the spring of 2007, she helped expedite an IRS ruling that enabled WPAHS to refinance more than $700 million in high-cost debt.

More recently, Barron managed a state initiative with elected and appointed officials that successfully corrected a long-term inequity in the Medical Assistance base rates for Allegheny General and West Penn Hospitals.

Prior to joining West Penn Allegheny, Barron was a public affairs consultant for a number of regional, national and international clients. She served the chief spokesperson and director of intergovernmental affairs for Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and was director of government relations for both Magee-Women’s Hospital and Carnegie Mellon University before that.

Barron’s legislative experience also includes posts as a special assistant to the Governor of Pennsylvania and staff assistant to two members of Congress. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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