News Article | May 9, 2017
Surgeons at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) have become the first in Pennsylvania to perform robotic-assisted, minimally invasive spine surgery using a sophisticated, new technology called the Mazor X™ system. The first procedure was performed at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) by Donald Whiting, MD, Chair of AHN’s Neuroscience Institute. The Mazor X system utilizes enhanced analytical tools, precision guidance, optical tracking, and intra-operative verification capabilities to make spine surgery safer and less invasive for patients. The technology combines a suite of pre-operative analytics software designed to assess spinal alignment and implement computerized 3D surgical planning. Intra-operative guidance is provided to surgeons through a robotic surgical arm designed to guide tools and synergistic implants according to the pre-operative analytics. "Our surgical team is among the most experienced and skilled in the country for the treatment of injuries to the spine,” said Dr. Whiting. "Mazor X greatly enhances the capabilities of our surgeons to help us achieve the best possible outcomes for patients undergoing spine surgery, including less post-operative pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery. We are extremely pleased to be able to exclusively offer this innovative surgical option to patients in the western Pennsylvania region.” The Mazor X system can be used to treat a host of conditions like spinal stenosis, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis that often cause debilitating symptoms, such as low back pain, leg pain and sciatica. The technology can improve outcomes from spinal fusion procedures, or the process of fusing two or more vertebrae together to create a single continuous bone. Used to treat broken vertebrae, spinal deformities or spinal instability, surgeons often implanted metallic plates, screws or rods to hold and graft the bone to promote healing. An estimated 500,000 Americans undergo the procedure each year for low back pain alone. According to Dr. Whiting, spinal fusion has traditionally been done using an open technique in which patients are susceptible to larger incisions and scars, increased blood loss, and longer hospital stays. While less invasive techniques have helped minimize the trauma of surgery, many intraoperative X-rays are typically required without a guidance system to compensate for a surgeon’s compromised visualization. Among its many potential benefits, the Mazor X system promises to reduce the risk of exposure to radiation from X-ray imaging typically used during surgery. Compared to conventional open spine procedures, Mazor Robotics reports that patients who have undergone minimally invasive surgery with its technology experienced a 27 percent reduced average length of hospital stay, a 48 percent less complication rate, and a 46 percent reduced need for a revision procedure. "The ability to pre-plan a patient’s spine surgery using Mazor X’s sophisticated 3D software allows us to create the ideal procedure for every patient’s individualized condition. It’s an optimal approach to treating patients who suffer from a variety of spine disorders, and enables us to help more patients recover sooner and return to their daily activities without the pain and discomfort that they previously faced,” said Terrence Julien, MD, a neurosurgeon at Forbes Hospital who is using the Mazor X system. Other AHN physicians who will use the Mazor X technology include neurosurgeons Michael Oh, MD, David Oliver-Smith, MD, Richard Prostko, MD, Nestor Tomycz, MD, Brian Dalton, MD, and Daniel Muccio, MD; orthopaedic surgeons Daniel Altman, MD, and Gary Schmidt, MD; and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Mark Sangimino, MD. The addition of the Mazor X system builds upon AHN’s legacy of innovation in robotic-assisted surgery. In 2015, orthopaedic surgeons at West Penn Hospital were the first to perform robotic-assisted total-hip and partial-knee replacements using the MAKO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic system. MAKO, which facilitates unprecedented accuracy in joint replacement, is exclusively available in the region at AHN’s Allegheny General, West Penn, Forbes, Saint Vincent and Jefferson hospitals. AGH doctors were also at the forefront of using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in the early 2000s and currently use the pioneering technology at various hospitals to perform minimally invasive abdominal, urologic, gynecologic and cardiac procedures. "Surgical care at AHN has long entailed the use of the leading-edge technologies and procedures across a range of specialties,” said Dr. Whiting. "Adding Mazor X to our world-class neurosurgical and orthopedic programs demonstrates that AHN remains committed to making investments in technology that yield tremendous benefits for the health and safety of the patients we care for.” About the Neuroscience Institute at AHN AHN’s Neuroscience Institute integrates leading medical experts in the subspecialties of neurology, neuro-otology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, neuro-critical care, and neurosurgery to offer highly advanced care for patients with the most complex neurological disorders. Recognized as both a Neuroscience Center of Excellence and a Spine Center of Excellence, the program serves as a national and international referral center for treatment of all types of neurological conditions.
News Article | May 11, 2017
The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome, Thomas Heil, MD, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Thomas Heil is a highly trained and qualified Pain Management and Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist with an vast expertise in all facets of his work, especially interventional pain medicine and the management of neuropathic pain. Dr. Heil has been in practice for more than two decades, and is currently serving patients within Southeast Pain and Spine Care in Charlotte, North Carolina. Furthermore, he is affiliated with CMC University and the Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Heil’s career in medicine began in 1998, when he graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Upon receiving his Medical Degree, he completed an Anesthesiology residency and then Pain Management fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Heil is double board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiology. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in his field, he maintains a professional membership with the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is renowned in North Carolina and beyond as one of the leading specialists in spinal cord stimulation, and attributes his success to his persistence and dedication to helping his patients through their pain. When he is not working, Dr. Heil enjoys traveling. Learn more about Dr. Heil here: http://www.sepainandspinecare.com/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics. Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review. FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise. A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life. For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com
News Article | May 16, 2017
Allegheny Health Network (AHN) announced today the opening of its new Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute, a multi-disciplinary program for children, adolescents and teenagers who suffer from orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions, including those who sustain injuries that require same-day care. Located at 12620 Perry Highway in Wexford, the AHN Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute is staffed by board-certified physicians and orthopaedic surgeons, certified physician assistants, prosthetists / orthotists, registered nurses and sports medicine specialists. To celebrate the opening of the Institute, a ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Media tours will also be available throughout the day. “For those who seek orthopaedic care for their child that is comprehensive, compassionate and truly patient-centered, there is no better place in western Pennsylvania than the Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute,” said Patrick J. DeMeo, MD, Chair of the AHN Orthopaedic Institute and Medical Director for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “With a world-class team of pediatric caregivers, we are extremely pleased to be able to provide this new resource to the community and look forward to the great service it will provide for families from across the region for decades to come.” The 15,000-square-foot Institute features various specialty centers of care dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and conditions. At the Kids’ Sports and Injury Center, which offers same-day appointments and extended hours, children can receive care for acute injuries, including bone fractures, and other emergent conditions such as a slipped capital femoral epiphysis, or ‘hip slip, and sudden limping. The Spine and Musculoskeletal Center is designed for the treatment of complex neuromuscular conditions such as bone tumors or lesions, cerebral palsy, clubfoot, hip dysplasia, muscular dystrophy, Perthes disease, skeletal dysplasia, and spinal alignment disorders including scoliosis. The Center offers screening clinics for infant hip dysplasia, clubfoot and scoliosis, as well as care for infants in utero and young babies with neuromuscular conditions. Within the Concussion and Sports Medicine Center, board-certified sports medicine physicians provide patients with access to state-of-the-art concussion diagnosis, management, and treatment. The Center is equipped with C3 Logix concussion evaluation and management technology – a groundbreaking system that combines a computerized neurocognitive exam with a novel tablet-based technology to determine the existence and/or severity of a head injury. Specialists at the Institute also provide injury rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as customized therapy for children with special needs, including those with Down syndrome and autism. Directed by pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Mark Sangimino, MD, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute places a strong emphasis on educating patients’ families and providing them the support needed to navigate their child’s complete care path. “Whether a child suffers a traumatic injury while playing a sport, or is diagnosed with a complex neuromusculoskeletal condition at birth, it can be a frightening time for the patient and their family,” said Dr. Sangimino. “The Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute represents a unique approach to neuromuscular care in that families have all of the resources they need – in one location – to manage their child’s condition and help expedite their path to recovery and a higher quality of life.” Combining compassionate care with proven technological advancements, the Institute offers highly advanced imaging capabilities, including onsite ultrasound technology and an innovative 3D-imaging technology called EOS. The EOS machine scans a patient in the standing position using the lowest dose of radiation possible, yielding less risk to children. The scan shows the child’s natural, weight-bearing posture which provides insight into the interaction between joints and the rest of the neuromusculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, hips and legs. EOS’ extremely detailed, high-quality images assist doctors in making clinical decisions about treatment. For one young patient who recently underwent EOS imaging and has a spinal curvature, the EOS’s precise images assisted the onsite brace designers in making a more effective brace. “It’s about getting ahead of a patient’s curve such that it does not progress to a point where surgery would be required,” said Dr. Sangimino. “Our focus is always on prevention with aggressive nonsurgical treatment strategies for improved patient outcomes.” Under the leadership of Dr. Sangimino, the staff includes pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Stephanie L. Schneck-Jacob, MD; pediatric orthpaedic non-operative specialist Cathleen S. McGonigle, DO; concussion / sports medicine specialists and Pittsburgh Pirates team physicians Marco Alcala, MD, and Edward Snell, MD. To make an appointment at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute, families should call 412-DOCTORS. ### About Allegheny Health Network Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,500 people, has more than 2,800 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
News Article | May 22, 2017
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has recognized the quality of the cardiac surgery program at Forbes Hospital based on its outcomes for two specific kinds of open heart surgery. Forbes, a part of Allegheny Health Network, is among just 21 hospitals in the Northeast United States – and one of just three in western Pennsylvania – featured in the May issue of Consumer Reports for being among the nation’s best for coronary artery bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery. “We are extremely proud to be recognized on this distinguished list for the exceptional quality of our cardiac surgery program,” said Michael Culig, MD, Division Director, Cardiac Surgery, Forbes Hospital. “Every member of the cardiac surgery program team at Forbes is dedicated to providing our patients with outstanding care, and this new report affirms we are living up to that standard.” Consumer Reports’ listing of surgery success rates is featured as part of the magazine’s May cover story under the headline “Special Report: Take Charge of Your Heart Health.” Hospitals that made the magazine’s list fared well in both heart bypass and aortic valve replacement in terms of complications, mortality rates, and other factors. According to Consumer Reports, “STS rates hospitals using standardized measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization that has established national healthcare standards for performance improvement.” For heart bypass surgery, the ratings take into account patient survival, the absence of surgical complications, and two factors that reflect an adherence to best-established practices – giving the patient recommended medications and using optimal surgical techniques, with at least one graft coming from an internal mammary artery. These types of grafts improve long-term survival as compared to grafts taken from veins, as the mammary arteries are more resistant to the build-up of cholesterol and are better able to withstand high pressure in the heart. For aortic valve surgery, a hospital’s score is based on patient survival and the absence of surgical complications. For each of these categories, the STS then compares how a hospital performs in relation to all hospitals in the STS database. Results for patient survival and complications are statistically adjusted to take into account that certain hospitals treat older and sicker patients. The STS represents more than 7,000 cardiothoracic surgeons around the world. In 1989, the STS established the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. With more than 6 million surgical records, it is the largest single-specialty database of its kind in the U.S. Data is collected four times a year. “Ratings like these are an important, objective tool to help consumers compare the performance of the hospital where they received care to national benchmarks,” said Mark Rubino, MD, Forbes Hospital President and CEO. “As the STS ratings show, our patients should feel confident selecting Forbes for their cardiac surgery needs.” The Cardiovascular Institute at Forbes offers a wide variety of comprehensive heart services, including heart valve, aneurysm and coronary artery bypass surgeries, as well as cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and invasive peripheral vascular procedures. The institute also features a cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU), accredited chest pain and stroke centers, diagnostic testing (including stress testing, echocardiography and EKGs), and electrophysiology (EP) lab, and telemetry and step-down units. About Allegheny Health Network Allegheny Health Network, part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; a research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people and has more than 2,800 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Allegheny Health Network and the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation announced today plans to open The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at West Penn Hospital, a unique facility that will offer the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art care available in western Pennsylvania for women suffering from pregnancy-related depression. Construction of the Center is underway with a scheduled opening in the fall of 2017. The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Women’s Behavioral Health will house in one setting a unique array of services currently offered to women at West Penn who are in need of treatment for perinatal depression, encompassing postpartum depression and depression during pregnancy. Few, if any, other centers in the U.S. provide such a wide range of treatments, from weekly therapy appointments, to an intensive outpatient program for women in need of a higher level of care, to a partial hospitalization program for women suffering from more severe forms of postpartum depression. All programs are family-focused and allow women to bring their babies with them to therapy sessions. “The creation of the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Women’s Behavioral Health is a dream come true,” said Steven D’Achille, founder of the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation. “Our goal has been to break down barriers to care and ensure that all women suffering from perinatal depression are able to find the help they need. We believe that the innovative and accessible care offered by AHN at the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center will change women’s lives and put their families on the best possible start to a happy future.” AHN and the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation first united in 2015, and the partnership is already is making a difference in the lives of many women through innovative, accessible care. More than 820 women have been referred to AHN Women’s Behavioral Health program over the past 8 months, and more than 50 women are seen each month for initial evaluations. The program is staffed by a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker and nurse practitioner – all dedicated to the care of women with perinatal depression. All AHN OBGYN practices now screen women for depression and bipolar disorder three times: twice during pregnancy and once after pregnancy. When screenings suggest a patient is suffering from depression, the information goes immediately to AHN psychiatry clinicians for a closer assessment and triage to therapy if needed. “We are very proud to partner with the Alexis Joy Foundation to create the Alexis Joy Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at AHN’s West Penn Hospital,” said Allan Klapper, MD, System Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, AHN. “With the completion of the Alexis Joy Center, AHN will offer a complete continuum of care, the scale of which we don’t believe exists anywhere else in the U.S.” In December 2016, AHN opened its Mother-Baby Intensive Outpatient Program, unique to the Pittsburgh area and offered by only about 15 hospitals nationwide. Women attend three hours of group psychotherapy, three days a week, and also learn skills that improve the quality of the mother-infant relationship. Babies can remain with their moms during treatment, and husbands, partners or other support people may attend family sessions. In addition to clinician’s offices and the Intensive Outpatient Program, the new Alexis Joy D’Achille Center will house a Mother-Baby Partial Hospitalization Program, in which women with more severe forms of perinatal depression attend five-hour group therapy sessions five days a week. As with all of the Center’s programs, mothers and babies may stay together during treatment. Full hospitalization, for mothers with the most severe forms of perinatal depression, will be offered at AHN’s Forbes Hospital. The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center will also include a kitchen, a supervised nursery with cribs and bassinets, and offices where patients can be seen for individual therapy. “AHN’s programs for the treatment of perinatal depression recognize that this disease impacts mothers, babies, partners, and entire families,” said Frank Jans, PhD, Service Line Director, Psychiatry, AHN. “We believe the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center’s programs could attract patients from beyond the tri-state area who are seeking the most personalized and innovative care available for perinatal depression.” The Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation was created to raise awareness of postpartum depression, to assist women and their families in spotting warning signs, and support mental healthcare providers in Pittsburgh and beyond. “As a Pittsburgh native, it has truly been an honor to be a part of building this program, working alongside such a creative and motivated group, providing a much needed service for our community,” said Sarah Homitsky, MD, Medical Director, Women’s Perinatal Psychiatry Program at West Penn Hospital. “The internal support at AHN has been more than I could have ever imagined. And the support from Steven and the foundation has been absolutely invaluable.” The West Penn Hospital Foundation also provided financial support toward the creation of the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center. About the Allegheny Health Network: Allegheny Health Network (AHN.ORG), part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; an employed physician organization, a research institute, health + wellness pavilions, home and community-based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, and has more than 2,800 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
News Article | May 5, 2017
Highmark Health today announced the appointment of Tony Farah, MD, to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for the organization. “It is with great pride that I welcome Tony to our leadership team, as he has proven to be invaluable in accelerating Allegheny Health Network’s and Highmark Health’s collective efforts to reinvent the healthcare model and support long-term enterprise growth,” said Highmark Health President and Chief Executive Officer, David Holmberg. “Tony is a highly respected physician-leader who is passionate about changing the way health care is delivered, and he is the right person to take Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network to the next level when it comes to transforming clinical care to achieve the best patient experience and best outcomes at an affordable cost.” Dr. Farah has been a leading clinician, physician educator and health care executive in the western Pennsylvania region for more than three decades. As a noted cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital and former longtime director of the institution’s cardiac catheterization laboratory, he and his team have played a pivotal role in the development of many of the field’s breakthrough therapies for cardiovascular disease, including disease fighting medications and plaque clearing technologies. The same leadership qualities that have driven Dr. Farah’s success in the clinical setting throughout his career have defined his many accomplishments as a physician executive as well. He has served in numerous high-level positions over the past 15 years, including chief medical officer of AGH, West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network, and as a Trustee of one of his field’s most prestigious scientific organizations, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. For the last four years, Dr. Farah has also served as President of Allegheny Clinic, AHN’s employed physician organization. Under his leadership, the Clinic has doubled in size to now more than 1,200 members. Dr. Farah played a critical role in the formation of AHN in 2013, and in his new capacity with Highmark Health he will oversee clinical transformation, deploying innovative models to create more value for Highmark members and all of the patients AHN serves by way of enhanced experience, access, clinical outcomes and affordable cost in every care setting. “I am extremely grateful for and excited about this unique opportunity to help further redefine the delivery of health care in western Pennsylvania and across Highmark Health’s vast and diverse footprint,” said Dr. Farah. “By leveraging the clinical knowledge at AHN with the financing expertise and population health insights of Highmark Health, we are well positioned to create a high-quality, value-based care model that will set a new standard, locally and nationally, for the experience it affords.” In order to effect a seamless transition to new leadership in the roles of Chief Medical Officer for AHN and President of Allegheny Clinic, Dr. Farah will continue to provide oversight of those areas as part of his responsibilities for Highmark Health. Once the positions are filled, they will report dually to Dr. Farah and AHN President and CEO, Cynthia Hundorfean. “For many years, Dr. Farah has been a tireless advocate for patients and for his colleagues at AHN,” Hundorfean said. “We expect that advocacy to only grow stronger in his important new role at Highmark Health and congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion. It is yet more evidence that AHN and Highmark Health are committed to creating and sustaining an integrated health care delivery and financing system that is both patient-centered and clinician-led.” About Allegheny Health Network Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), part of Highmark Health, is an integrated health care delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, has more than 2,400 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. About Highmark Health Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 40,000 people nationwide and serves nearly 50 million Americans in all 50 states, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to nearly 5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, Davis Vision and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, more than 2,800 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit http://www.highmarkhealth.org.