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Director Perioperative Services, West Penn Hospital

Allegheny Health Network

  • Company AHN
  • Pittsburgh, PA - West Penn Hospital
  • Nursing
  • Full time
  • Day (United States of America)

Company :

Allegheny Health Network

Job Description : 

West Penn Hospital has served the Pittsburgh community for over 175 years. First serving as a triage center for Union forces in the Civil War, then establishing the first ICU in the 1950s, and later building the first helipad in Pittsburgh, West Penn has always set the bar of excellence and innovation. Now, West Penn is proudly recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as a top-ranked hospital for OB-GYN care and has a growing reputation as a world leader in advanced medical care. Additionally, West Penn is a four-time Magnet recognized hospital. The Perioperative Director will play a pivotal role in West Penn’s daily operations.

Reporting to the Vice President of Perioperative Services with a dotted line to West Penn executive administration, the Director of Perioperative Services will have administrative oversight of a 17-suite Operating Room, specializing in Women’s Health, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery, Bariatrics, and a robust robotic program; a 4-room GI lab; a Cardiac Catheterization Lab; Same-Day Surgery, PACU, and a Sterile Processing Department. Responsibilities include overseeing, growing, and mentoring the perioperative management team, fostering a collaborative environment between all key stakeholders in surgical services, and building upon the healthy workplace culture that already exists at West Penn.


Provides overall administrative leadership, management, strategic planning, and program development for surgical services as well as all perioperative care delivered in the Surgical Services department with respect to the AHN focus 5: Quality and Safety, Customer Service, Growth and Access, Financial Stability, People. This position is accountable to the CNO for leading and executing strategies around nursing. Additionally, this position will actively collaborate with our offices and physicians across the continuum.


  • Directs all clinical services and program development for the Operating Room, PACU, SSU, Central Services, Anesthesia, Preadmission Review, and others as needed.
  • Creates an environment that embraces cultural diversity and recognition that we are stronger as an interdisciplinary team when we embrace our differences.
  • Promotes an environment of transparency with the use of visual management boards on nursing units.
  • Promotes staff participation in the annual NDNQI nurse satisfaction survey. Additionally, coaches managers on identified opportunities from nurse satisfaction survey results.
  • Actively participates in review and identification of opportunities of nurse quality indicators as measured by NDNQI at individual department level partnering with nurse managers.
  • Benchmarks AHN-SVH performance against national best practices.
  • Pursues sharing of best practices through publication, presentation at conferences and networking with other AHN leaders throughout the system.
  • Performs large scale project management independently.
  • Implements and monitors initiatives to recognize, reward and incentivize staff.
  • Actively participates in the development and communication of nursing's shared vision.
  • Seeks out learning opportunities to enhance professional growth and development. Creates and updates personal professional development plan annually. Minimally meets state requirements for continuing education.
  • Identifies opportunities for journal publications for self and staff.
  • Participates in a research project.
  • Lead and support evidence based projects & nursing research by assisting in the identification of opportunities to incorporate the scientific method into nursing practice.
  • Financial stewardship: monitors, controls, and is accountable for maintaining departmental costs within budgeted allocations.
  • Builds trusting and collaborates relationships with other hospital departments, patient care units, ambulance services, medical staff, patient and families, law enforcement officers, clergy, morticians, media and other health facilities.
  • Utilizes a transformational leadership style to facilitate effective change management principles to drive needed improvements.
  • Reviews patient satisfaction data and findings from Press Ganey and assists in coaching managers formulate improvement plan.
  • Analyzes clinical service areas for operational effectiveness, using dashboards and other data sources.
  • Oversees and ensures that standards of care are maintained relative to quality management, utilization review, and discharge planning.
  • Accountable to ensure ongoing development and operation of Shared Governance model in all departments.
  • Serves as a consultant for nurse managers and medical staff on patient care or nursing issues assisting with interpretation of Health Center policies to ensure patient needs are met.
  • Through research and planning ensures patient care is delivered in accordance with the professional standards for nursing practice and is evidenced based.



  • Master's degree (M. A.) OR equivalent; OR in Master's degree program with completion plan
  • National Certification required within 1 year of taking position
  • CPR Certification
  • PA State Registered Nurse License
  • Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE)
  • Certification in area of specialty


  • MSN
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing


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