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Format: 04/16/2014
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West Penn Allegheny Health System Announces Integration Plans for Inpatient Obstetrics and Psychiatric Care

Friday, June 12th, 2009

West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) officials today confirmed plans to transition all of the System’s city-based inpatient obstetrical services to West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield as well as plans to transition the System’s inpatient psychiatric care to existing programs at Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights and West Penn Hospital - Forbes Campus in Monroeville.

The integration of these programs is expected to be completed by the end of the 2010 fiscal year.

“As we continue to work diligently toward our goal of establishing a more cohesive and efficient healthcare system, greater integration of our clinical programs is absolutely integral to the long-term success of this organization. The integration of inpatient obstetrical and psychiatric programs is another important step in the evolution of the System that will allow us to more fully realize our purpose and mission of providing exceptional healthcare services to the communities and people of Western Pennsylvania,” said Dawn Gideon, WPAHS Executive Vice President and Chief of Hospital Operations.

Gideon said the transition of the two programs from AGH will also free up valuable space to accommodate the hospital’s busy critical care program and the significant need for additional critical care beds in the City of Pittsburgh.

Integration of the AGH and West Penn Hospital inpatient obstetrics programs will involve relocating AGH’s labor and delivery, post-partum, newborn nursery and intensive care nursery services to West Penn. AGH will maintain its ambulatory obstetrical program, which is located at the hospital’s Federal Street building.

West Penn Hospital’s state-of-the-art, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and recently expanded labor and delivery facilities afford the ideal setting in which to establish a true System center of excellence in women’s and infant’s care, Gideon said.

West Penn’s inpatient obstetrical unit was recently renovated and expanded to include 32 postpartum rooms, 15 birthing suites, eight antepartum rooms, six triage rooms and three operating rooms for cesarean section deliveries. The hospital’s intensive care nursery houses 40 beds.

Last year, AGH and West Penn together delivered close to 4,000 babies. The health system will also continue to offer inpatient obstetrics care at its West Penn Hospital - Forbes Campus.

West Penn Allegheny announced last month the appointments of Eugene Scioscia, Jr., MD, and Eileen Segreti, MD, FACOG, FACS, as System Vice Chairs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Scioscia is serving as System Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department and Dr. Segreti is serving as both Vice Chair for Academics and Director of the Residency Program.

The planned integration of West Penn Allegheny’s inpatient psychiatric programs will entail transitioning all inpatient psychiatric care referrals in the System to the inpatient units of AKMC and the West Penn Hospital - Forbes Campus. Combined, the two programs house 80 inpatient psychiatric beds.

AGH’s Department of Psychiatry will continue to provide North Side-based outpatient psychiatric services, including partial psychiatric hospitalization and psychiatric patient observation and consultations in the hospital’s emergency department.

“The decision to integrate our inpatient obstetrics and psychiatry programs was made after a careful review of our options and with the intent to ultimately enhance the quality and scope of the services through a more rational and effective utilization of resources and the merging of our System’s outstanding medical and nursing expertise in these fields,” Gideon said.

Gideon said the System is currently in the process of developing a working plan to effect the transition of the two programs over the next 12 months.
 

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