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Claire Zangerle Named Chief Nurse Executive for Allegheny Health Network

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) today announced the appointment of Claire Zangerle as Chief Nurse Executive for the organization.  Zangerle will join AHN on September 12, 2016 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio since 2008.

In her new role at AHN, Zangerle will lead the implementation of best practices in nursing across all of the organization’s facilities and programs.  She will serve as the voice of the organization’s more than 3,000 nurses as a member of AHN’s executive leadership team and work with the chief nursing officers at each of the Network’s affiliated hospitals to further enhance the quality of care and service provided to patients.

“Claire is an immensely talented and accomplished nursing executive who has a long track record of success in leading programs that deliver exceptional quality, service and outcomes.  She is a dedicated and compassionate leader who will play an integral role in helping our organization become an even more patient-centric and quality focused healthcare provider,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN President and CEO. 

At the VNA, Zangerle led Ohio’s largest independent non-profit home health and hospice provider. She is credited with helping the organization significantly decrease re-hospitalization rates, raise quality STAR ratings and improve bargaining unit relations.  

Prior to the VNA, Zangerle served in a variety of prominent roles at the Cleveland Clinic, including Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Quality and Accreditation and Director of Preventive Cardiology.  As CNO at the Clinic, she had clinical and administrative oversight for the organization’s 2,200 nurses and 800 support staff.

Zangerle earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Houston Baptist University, an MBA from Lake Erie College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Population Health from Texas Christian University.