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Allegheny Health Network Appoints Key Leaders of New Wexford Hospital

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Construction of Facility Reaches Milestone this Week with Placement of First Steel Beams

PITTSBURGH – As construction of its new Wexford Hospital in Pine Township progresses, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has filled two additional key leadership roles for the facility, which is expected to open in 2021. Amy Cashdollar has been appointed as the hospital’s chief operating officer, and Lisa Graper will serve as its chief nursing officer.   

AHN and Highmark Health officials broke ground on the new hospital last August and construction teams will place the first steel beams in the ground this week.

In their new roles, Cashdollar and Graper are helping develop Wexford Hospital’s strategic and operational goals, with particular focus on patient experience, quality, safety and employee engagement. They are working in close partnership with Allan Klapper, MD, who was appointed president of the Hospital last year, as well as others from the AHN executive leadership team.   

With a diverse background in health care administration and nursing, Cashdollar brought a range of experiences to AHN upon joining the organization in 2014. Since then, she has served as vice president for both the AHN Cardiovascular Institute and the AHN Women and Children Institute. Under her leadership, both Institutes have realized significant growth as well as improved operational efficiencies. 

Previously, Cashdollar served as clinical director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she was instrumental in the formation of the hospital’s Heart Institute. In 2014, she was awarded the Mary Ann Scully ‘Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing’ award presented by the American Heart Association. Cashdollar also previously worked as a principal clinical consultant at Guidant Corporation where she was recognized as ‘Clinical Consultant of the Year.’

Cashdollar has held nursing positions at St. Francis Medical Center, Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Passavant Hospital and Hamot Medical Center. She holds a doctorate in business administration from California Intercontinental University, a master’s degree in nursing from LaRoche College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Edinboro University.

A certified critical care nurse and nurse executive, Graper’s nursing career began more than 30 years ago. She has practiced bedside nursing and held various nursing leadership roles at Duke University Medical Center, AGH and West Penn Hospital (WPH).

At West Penn, Graper was instrumental in helping the hospital become the first in southwestern Pennsylvania to earn Magnet designation, a national gold standard for nursing excellence. As the director of nursing operations for critical care and maternal-child services at WPH, Lisa was influential in helping those programs achieve some of the region’s highest quality and lowest complication rates. In 2016, she was recognized for her work in quality and safety with the University of Pittsburgh’s “Cameos of Caring” award which is bestowed upon the region’s excellent nurses.

Graper holds a master’s degree in nursing from Waynesburg University and a nursing diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Cappella University.

“Throughout their incredibly accomplished careers in both clinical and administrative capacities, Amy and Lisa have selflessly devoted themselves to the care and service of others for many years,” said Dr. Klapper. “There is no one better suited to help lead the Wexford Hospital’s staff and clinicians in providing high-quality, state-of-the-art health services to the residents of northern Allegheny County and the surrounding area. I am extremely honored and excited to work alongside them in the development, opening and operation of this amazing new health care facility.”

AHN Wexford Hospital will offer comprehensive women and infant care, including labor and delivery services; advanced cardiac, neurosurgical, orthopaedic, and cancer care; a 24-room Emergency Department and short-stay observation unit featuring pediatric rooms; an adult intensive care unit (ICU); operating rooms that provide minimally invasive robotic surgical capabilities; 160 all-private inpatient rooms; and a host of other patient- and family-friendly clinical programs, amenities, and services.

To learn more about AHN’s plans for new construction and hospital expansions, visit https://www.ahn.org/building-the-future.

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