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Allegheny Health Network to Host Inaugural “In the Spotlight” Gala

Monday, September 18, 2017

PITTSBURGH – The extraordinary caregivers and programs of Allegheny Health Network (AHN) will be “In the Spotlight” this month as the community comes together in support of the Network’s mission at its first-ever gala, to be held Wednesday, September 27, at Stage AE.

AHN’s “In the Spotlight” gala will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment by The Elite Show Band. Proceeds will benefit cancer services, cardiovascular medicine and surgery, emergency services, the neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s health, as well as both the AHN Research Institute and AHN’s nursing program.

“The gala is a reflection of our region’s enthusiastic support for AHN and our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and the many communities we serve,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, President and CEO, AHN. “We are extremely grateful for that support and deeply appreciative of those who have worked tirelessly to help us build and sustain a world-class health system that all of western Pennsylvania can be proud of.”

“I would also like to thank the gala’s many generous supporters, including presenting sponsor PNC Financial Services Group.”

AHN’s caregivers have a long history of providing patients in the region with exceptional care. Today, as part of Highmark Health, AHN is comprised of more than 2,800 employed and affiliated physicians, 18,000 employees, eight hospitals, four Health + Wellness Pavilions and hundreds of other care sites. The Network offers highly advanced, comprehensive care in every medical discipline through its institutes of excellence in cancer, orthopaedics, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, women’s health, transplantation, emergency medicine, trauma care and diabetes, among others.

Since the inception of AHN in 2013, the generosity of the community, including grateful patients, business and civic leaders, philanthropic organizations, clinicians and many others, has supported the development of programs and services that help the Network meet the comprehensive health needs of the region and drive innovation in medicine that improves the outcomes and experience of patients.

“There are countless examples of ways in which philanthropic gifts have led to advancements in clinical care and expanded services for the benefit of our patients,” said Allie Quick, Chief Philanthropy Officer, AHN.

Most recently, the Julie & Michael McMullen Endowed Chair was created in recognition of and with much gratitude for AHN surgical oncologist Thomas C. Krivak, MD. Funds from the endowed chair will be used to support the educational, research, programmatic and capital needs of the gynecologic oncology program in the AHN Cancer Institute and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In May, the Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care – named in honor of the late Frank Cahouet, former chairman and chief executive of Mellon Financial Corp. – celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Cahouet Center combines AHN’s nationally recognized medical expertise with the extensive resources of the Parkinson Foundation for the benefit of those in the community who are living with Parkinson’s.

Made possible by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the AHN Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Health recently launched a new model of care to more effectively meet the needs of those living with diabetes. The grant provides patients in the AHN program with access to a range of medical and other support services in the community. 

“We look forward to continually investing in a care strategy which provides people in our region with higher quality, patient-centered services that are more convenient and affordable, and that ultimately help them to live their healthiest lives,” said David Goldberg, Executive Vice President, AHN.  

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