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Allegheny Valley, Forbes Hospitals Name New Chief Nursing Officers

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA  - Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has appointed new chief nursing officers at two of its hospitals. Lynn C. Kosar, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville and Marcia Cook, DNP, MPM, RN, at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison Township.

Kosar and Cook bring years of patient-focused clinical care and diverse administrative experience to their posts. Kosar, with 17 years of nursing executive leadership experience, most recently served at UPMC Passavant as a clinical director of inpatient services. She helped lead the hospital to Magnet designation in 2017. Previously, Kosar had served as the director of clinical operations for the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence. She started her career with the former Forbes Metropolitan Hospital, one of the predecessors of the current Forbes Hospital.

Kosar earned her master of science in nursing administration from Waynesburg University, bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an associate degree in nursing from the Community College of Allegheny County. She serves on the board of directors for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Cook most recently served at AHN’s Allegheny General Hospital as Director of Professional Practice and Education. Previously, she was the corporate director of quality and clinical operations and HIPAA compliance officer for Adagio Health. She has also held leadership positions at Excela Health, where she was corporate vice president for the perioperative division, UPMC St. Margaret, where she was also vice president of the perioperative division, and Mercy Jeannette, where she was chief nursing officer.

Cook earned her doctor of nursing practice degree from Carlow University, a masters of public management from Carnegie Mellon University, a bachelor of science in nursing from Carlow, and a diploma of nursing from the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing. She teaches nursing students seeking master’s and doctoral degrees at Carlow University’s College of Health and Wellness, and is an adjunct faculty member at Chatham University.

“We are thrilled to welcome these two outstanding professionals into their new roles as Chief Nursing Officers at AHN,” said Claire Zangerle, MSN, MBA, RN, AHN’s Chief Nursing Executive. “Their experience and proven commitment to the highest standards of nursing and patient care excellence will be a tremendous asset to our organization and the people and communities that we serve.”