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Format: 04/23/2014
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West Penn Hospital CEO Receives EMS Champion Award

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Duke Rupert, President and CEO of West Penn Hospital has received the 2013 EMS Champion Award from the Allegheny County Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) Council.
According to the ACEMS, Rupert was chosen for his dedication to emergency medical services. He is the first CEO to be honored by the Council with the EMS Champion Award. 
Rupert makes it a priority to get to know EMS providers personally by attending EMS events and interacting with them when they bring patients to the hospital. He has also participated in EMS ride-a-longs to develop a better understanding of the critical role they play in the patient care continuum and the challenges they experience in the field. .
“I'm sure he would say he's just doing his job,” said paramedic and AGH Outreach Development Coordinator Eric Schmidt said. “If you talk to the EMS providers who frequent West Penn, however, you'll find that they greatly appreciate having someone in such a position take time to understand EMS and make sure that the hospital is meeting their needs in every way possible. His genuine caring and support for EMS is truly of value to what we do.”
This is the third year that the EMS Champion Award has been presented by the ACEMS Council. James Jochem, a longtime dispatcher at Allegheny General Hospital, is also a past recipient of the award.
Rupert has served as President and CEO at West Penn since 2011. Over the past year and half, he has played a major role in the hospital’s rebirth as a full service healthcare provider, including the opening of its new emergency room last year and just recently the return of cardiovascular services. Prior to his West Penn position, Rupert was the Chief Operating Officer at Allegheny General Hospital
He is a resident of North Huntingdon, PA.                                                                                
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