| April 30, 2002
Albert P. Black, Jr., Named Chief
Operating Officer at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
PA) - Albert P. Black, Jr., has been appointed
Chief Operating Officer for the Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania (HUP), the 672-bed flagship hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Mr.
Black, formerly Associate Hospital Director at Temple
University Hospital, will join HUP on May 28, 2002.
"I am delighted Al Black has agreed to assume
this vital leadership role in the Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania," said Garry Scheib, Executive
Director of HUP and Senior Vice President of Hospital
Operations for the Health System. "Al's demonstrated
experience in hospital administration in an academic
healthcare environment positions him well to assume
this key operations position at HUP."
In addition to providing operational leadership for
clinical, administrative and support departments within
the hospital, Black will also partner with Scheib to
develop strategic, operating and financial plans that
support the missions of Penn Health System. As Chief
Operating Officer for HUP, Black will also be responsible
for creating and sustaining a patient-focused organization
designed to support the delivery of high-quality care.
"I am excited about joining a world-class organization
like Penn and look forward to being part of the senior
leadership team of HUP -- the nation's oldest, and clearly
one of its best, teaching hospitals," said Albert
Black. "This position takes advantage of my knowledge
and strengths in successfully managing hospital operations
in a challenging market, as well as my experience in
developing and managing effective, cost-conscious community
health initiatives. As I gain an understanding of the
organizational culture within HUP and the Health System,
I will continue to seek ways to make Penn more accessible
to its many constituencies - including patients, the
physician community, and other providers."
Throughout his career, Black has developed and implemented
several innovative, hospital-based programs in long-term
care, behavioral health, and community health. In recognition
of his longstanding community leadership and activism,
Black has earned dozens of national and local community-service
awards - including the 1996 "Men Making a Difference"
Award from U.S. Congressman Chakah Fattah (D: PA), and
the Black Leader of Tioga and Nicetown Award in 1999.
Black is a member of the prestigious Philadelphia Tribune
Charities, which seeks to raise awareness and funds
for worthwhile community-based educational and healthcare
programs. He is also founder and Director of "Opportunities
in Health Care" - a popular youth-focused program
that educates and introduces high-school students to
career opportunities in the healthcare field. Indeed,
since its inception 10 years ago, the program has successfully
acquainted approximately 400 students with the many
diverse career options available to them in clinical
care, medical education and biomedical research.
Black's business acumen has been recognized by the
numerous awards and honors he has received from such
prominent professional organizations as the National
Association of Health Service Executives and the Greater
Philadelphia Health Assembly. An active participant/leader
in multiple professional societies, Black is a fellow
in the American College of Health Care Executives; serves
as Program Chair in the National Association of Health
Services Executives; and is a member of the Regional
Advisory Committee of the American College of Health
Albert Black earned his Bachelor of Business Administration
from Temple University in 1972; and his Master of Business
Administration from Temple four years later. He is a
licensed nursing home administrator.
Black is a member of the Holsey Temple CME Church,
in Germantown; and resides with his wife, Linnette Webb
Black, in Lafayette Hill, PA.
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Founded in 1874, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
is the nation's first teaching hospital. Today, 128
years later, HUP is recognized as one of the country's
best hospitals, having been named one of only 16 "Honor
Roll" hospitals in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report's 2001 annual survey of top hospitals.
HUP is home to the faculty physician/scientists of the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - which
was recently ranked fourth in the nation among all American
medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. As
a testament to its research strength, Penn's School
of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for its level
of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).