WGH partnership with AHN and LECOM official

Times Observer photo by Stacey Gross Rick Allen, Warren General Hospital CEO, addresses a crowd, including Allegheny Health CEO and President Cynthia Hundorfean, Highmark Senior Vice President Tom Fitzpatrick, and President and CEO of St. Vincent Chris Clark.

Warren General Hospital is officially affiliated with Allegheny Health Network and LECOM Health.

The affiliation agreement signing was held on Monday, outside the hospital, which is now an official partner with the two other entities and St. Vincent Hospital, which has been helping to staff the hospital since 2016.

Warren General Hospital’s CEO said at Monday’s signing that this was the beginning of a “very strong partnership” between the four entities, which will become important resources for one another in the provision of healthcare services to the Warren community.

Warren General Hospital will retain control of its own operations as an independent hospital, said Allen, while AHN and LECOM will provide clinical support for emergency care and hospital staffing, ongoing obstetric care through St. Vincent, which is an AHN hospital in Erie and has been providing obstetrics to WGH since 2016. Students from LECOM will be gaining clinical experience at WGH as they pursue their careers in medicine and pharmacy related fields.