ERIC, PA – Allegheny Health Network recently announced that Karen Surkala, President of Westfield Memorial Hospital, has taken on a new role for the organization as Chief Operating Officer of AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.
Going forward, Surkala and Chris Clark, DO, president of AHN Saint Vincent Hospital, will jointly lead Westfield. AHN will also hire an administrator to help manage day-to-day operations at the Southwest New York Hospital.
An accomplished healthcare executive with significant experience in the Northwestern Pennsylvania healthcare market, Surkala was appointed President of Westfield in 2019. She also served as Vice President and served from 2007-2011. -time, she was CEO of Select Specialty Hospital. , a long-term care facility in Erie, and as Senior Vice President at AHN Saint Vincent from 2012 to 2015.
In his new role at AHN Saint Vincent, Surkala will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hospital and its affiliated facilities and programs in the community, working with leaders on-site and at the network level to help guide the long-term strategy. of the hospital. .
“Karen is an extremely talented healthcare executive who has been instrumental in the success of our organization in Erie and Westfield for the past two decades. said Chris Clark, DO, MHA, president of AHN Saint Vincent. “We are delighted to have her return to Saint-Vincent in this important role as COO and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our efforts to provide residents of the Northwestern regions of Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York full service and high quality. quality health services.
Dr Clark said Surkala’s strong familiarity with AHN Saint Vincent and Westfield Hospital will help ensure close and continued strategic alignment of the facilities.
Since taking charge of Westfield, Surkala has overseen a constant expansion of the hospital’s clinical programs and capabilities, including the addition of new OBGYN and urology practices, new access to healthcare virtual in endocrinology and rheumatology departments and a new 24/7 telemetry system that enables patients who require longer-term monitoring to stay closer to home. She also helped run the hospital through the many operational and logistical challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have truly been fortunate to be part of such a wonderful, patient-centered, community-driven health system, and to have had the opportunity to help lead the organization’s mission in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York State in various capacities throughout my career. , “ said Surkala. “Westfield and AHN Saint Vincent are made up of exceptionally skilled and dedicated healthcare professionals who are making a difference every day in the lives of so many people. It is a privilege to work with all of them on behalf of those we serve.