West Penn Allegheny Health Expected to Announce Plans for Medical School

Pittsburgh-based West Penn Allegheny Health System is expected to announce plans for a new medical school by the end of the week, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.

The announcement is expected to be made at a reception Friday night, to which invitations mention "a special announcement that celebrates tomorrow's physicians." CEO Christopher Olivia has told a community collaborative that, for a year, the system has been in negotiations with the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia over the establishment of a four-year medical school in Pittsburgh. A system spokesperson confirmed Mr. Olivia will speak on plans for a new medical school Friday, but declined to elaborate on what the "definite plans" entail, according to the report.

The five-hospital system, which recently reported a $22 million loss for third quarter 2011, has been trying to expand to a full medical school for nearly 10 years, according to the report. It has teaching affiliations with Temple, Drexel University and other medical schools or colleges in the Philadelphia area.

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report on West Penn Allegheny Health System.

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