north hills monthly magazine
AHN Wexford Hospital Celebrates First Year of Offering Exceptional Care Close to Home
This past September, Allegheny Health Networks’ AHN Wexford Hospital commemorated its first anniversary, and it had a lot to celebrate. The hospital has expanded not only in size, but in the services that it offers patients—and this growth shows no signs of stopping.
“The community response has been nothing short of amazing,” said Allan Klapper, MD, president, AHN Wexford Hospital. “We’ve seen the number of patients steadily grow since we opened, as more and more people become aware of the hospital and its capabilities. We have seen growth in every aspect—labor and delivery, surgical cases, as well as emergency and EMS visit numbers have increased month over month. It’s been tremendous.”
Patients who have been treated at AHN Wexford Hospital have also been pleased with the result. “Our patient experience scores are well over the 90th percentile year-to-date as shown in patient experience surveys given by Press Ganey after patients leave the hospital,” said Dr. Klapper. “We are providing a really transformative experience.”
Since the hospital first opened, its physicians have delivered close to 1,200 babies, including 940 this year. More than 15,000 people have visited the emergency room and 6,000 patients were admitted to the hospital so far in 2022.
“The numbers are great, but we’re most proud of the exceptional quality of care that we’re providing,” said Dr. Klapper. “A lot of planning went into finding the right people and establishing the right culture that puts the patient and family at the center of all that we do.
“To see it actually play out with our exceptional quality results and to see these positive patient comments month in and month out—it’s just amazing how it has all come to fruition,” he added.
AHN Wexford Hospital has also expanded in size over the past year, growing from 100 beds to 160 beds as the final section of the fifth floor opened at the end of last year—well before the hospital expected to need that space. Additional services, including oral/maxillofacial surgery and thoracic surgery have been added, and the hospital also plans to open up a small inpatient pediatric service this year for pediatric orthopedic and more routine pediatric admissions. The hospital already provides specialty care in cancer, neurology, cardiology, radiology, gastroenterology, surgery, women’s health and orthopedics.
“We continually evaluate the services we are providing at Wexford and in our Network as well as the needs of the communities north of Pittsburgh to determine if additional services and growth are needed at the Wexford campus,” said Dr. Klapper of the hospital’s continued expansion. “We want to be sure we are providing exceptional services to the community both in terms of the quality of care they are getting, and in making sure that they have an amazing experience. We will continue to refine and grow services in order to be receptive to our patients’ needs so that they can get the highest quality of care close to their homes.”
Learn more about our world-class health services close to home at ahn.org/wexford.