Allegheny Valley Hospital president set to retire early next year

November 23, 2018

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison is looking for a new president to replace Bill Englert.

Englert, the hospital’s president and CEO, on Wednesday announced his plan to retire by Feb. 1.

Englert, 61, is a native and resident of New Kensington. He started at Allegheny Valley in 1981 as a staff pharmacist. He advanced to vice president of business development before becoming CEO in 2015.

Englert and his wife, Kathleen, have two daughters. She works for Allegheny Health Network as a practice director at Allegheny Clinic, the physician practices owned by Allegheny Health Network.

“I grew up in the community,” he said. “It was nice to live where you work and interact with the people you grew up with. You know the community pretty well. I always liked to push us to do outreach in the community as much as we could.”

During his tenure as president, Englert led a number of initiatives, including the opening of new orthopedic, neurosurgical, oncology and inpatient rehabilitation units at the hospital, and the implementation of a new electronic health record, according to the hospital.

Englert also was instrumental in AHN’s recently announced plans to relocate the Citizens School of Nursing from New Kensington to the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer. The school will have a grand opening at the mall on Jan. 3, with classes starting there Jan. 7, he said.

“For nearly 40 years, Bill has been a tireless advocate for Allegheny Valley Hospital, its employees and, most importantly, our patients and the community,” Allegheny Health Network President and CEO Cynthia Hundorfean said. “We greatly appreciate everything he has done to help us fulfill our mission of providing exceptional health services for those who live in the Alle-Kiski region, and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Englert said he is proud of his work at Allegheny Valley and grateful for the support AHN and Highmark have provided in strengthening the hospital’s programs and services.

“As someone who was born and raised in the Alle-Kiski Valley, I can say it’s been an immense privilege to serve this community in a variety of different health care roles, and to have helped improve the quality of life for my friends and neighbors,” Englert said.

“It’s also been a tremendous honor to lead such an exceptional team of caregivers and volunteers at AVH,” he said. “This is a wonderful community hospital, with a strong legacy of compassionate caregiving that has been cultivated by its talented and dedicated employees for more than a century.”

Recruiting for a new president is focusing on identifying a physician leader for the role, Hundorfean said. Over the past two years, AHN has named physicians as presidents of Allegheny General, Forbes and Saint Vincent hospitals.

Englert said he faces retirement with mixed emotions and plans to enjoy his hobbies, which include gardening, genealogy and fishing. He also plans to be active at his church and in volunteering.

“It’s been a great career, a great run,” he said. “I met so many great people and had so much support from so many folks.

“It’s a good community hospital. I want to hand it off in good shape to the next person coming along.”

Englert said he’ll advise his successor that as a community hospital, Allegheny Valley isn’t the same as a big teaching hospital.

“You’re taking care of family, friends, relatives, neighbors, people we see at our kids’ schools, people we grew up with,” he said. “You’ve got to spend half of your time dealing with the community and half the time in the hospital, but they connect. You’ve got to learn everybody’s name.”

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