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Allegheny Health Network and Emergency Medicine Physicians Form Joint Venture

April 2, 2014

Allegheny Health Network and Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) announced today the formation of a joint venture to manage the emergency departments at eight hospitals in western Pennsylvania. 

The joint venture, named Allegheny Health Network Emergency Medicine Management, LLC, will manage the emergency departments of four new sites owned by the Network, including Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital, both in Pittsburgh, PA; Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, PA; and Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA.  

The joint venture will also manage the emergency departments at the Network’s Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA; Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, PA; and the Allegheny Valley Outpatient Center in New Kensington, PA; as well as at two independent hospitals; Highlands Hospital in Connellsville, PA; and Jameson Hospital in New Castle, PA. 

“The strength of this joint venture is rooted in a shared mission of caring for patients,” said CEO of EMP Dominic Bagnoli, MD, FACEP, FAAEM. “EMP-managed emergency departments deliver more value for the healthcare dollar by providing quality outcomes, disease prevention and patient-centered care. By partnering with Allegheny Health Network, we will work to create even more innovative ways to improve and transform healthcare for patients in western Pennsylvania.”

An industry leader and innovator in emergency department management, EMP is one of the largest physician-owned emergency department groups in the United States. The group was founded in 1992 by practicing emergency medicine physicians who had a vision for creating a better way to deliver emergency medicine care, Dr. Bagnoli said.

Allegheny Health Network is a western Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare delivery system that consists of eight hospitals and multiple outpatient care centers. Each year, nearly 300,000 patients seek care at the Network’s emergency departments, which are staffed by a team of approximately 110 emergency medicine physicians.  

The Network was formed in 2013 to provide the region with a high quality, more accessible and affordable option for advanced healthcare services.

“Emergency and urgent care programs are critically important to the communities we serve as well as to our hospitals as key portals to the full spectrum of advanced services we offer,” said Tony Farah, MD, Allegheny Health Network’s Chief Medical Officer. “EMP shares our organization’s commitment to high quality, innovative and efficient models of patient care, and we are excited to partner with them to ensure that our patients’ experience in the emergency setting always meets or exceeds the highest of standards and expectations.”  

Bruce MacLeod, MD, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Penn Hospital, has been appointed president of Allegheny Health Network Emergency Medicine Management, LLC, which will focus exclusively on enhancing and coordinating emergency patient care in the Western Pennsylvania region. 

The joint venture is effective April 1, 2014.

About Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute; multiple Health + Wellness Pavilions; and a healthcare group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, including more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for both Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine.

About Emergency Medicine Physicians

Emergency Medicine Physicians is an industry leader and innovator in emergency medicine and one of the largest physician-owned emergency department groups in the U.S. It is a leading employer of residency-trained, board-certified emergency physicians across the United States. EMP provides Emergency Department management and staffing solutions to more than 60 hospitals in 15 states.

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