WVU Hospitals names new president and CEO

Albert Wright chosen to lead Ruby Memorial

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Albert L. Wright, Jr., Pharm.D., M.H.A., has been selected as the new president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH). Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of the West Virginia United Health System and chancellor for WVU Health Sciences, announced the selection today. WRIGHT_ALBERT_VP_OPS_PUH_20090821-(1).jpg

Wright is currently the vice president for operations at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Shadyside. He was chosen after a national search to replace Bruce McClymonds, who is retiring at the end of this month after serving as president for 17 years. 
“The selection of Mr. Wright as the new CEO for our flagship Ruby Memorial of WVU Hospitals is an important milestone for the West Virginia United Health System,” Dr. Colenda said. “He brings to our organization a strong record of accomplishment as an administrator. As adjunct faculty at UPMC and a pharmacist, he also retained his connection to the patient care, teaching, and research missions that are essential to academic health centers.”

UPMC Presbyterian is a 792-bed hospital with a Level 1 trauma center and Shadyside is a 520-bed, tertiary care center that combine to form the flagship of UPMC’s 21-hospital academic medical center.  
Ruby Memorial of WVU Hospitals, Inc., is also a tertiary care hospital with a Level 1 trauma center. It currently has 531 beds and will be expanding to 645 beds when construction of a new tower is complete in 2016. It is the flagship institution of the West Virginia United Health System, which also includes hospitals in Parkersburg, Bridgeport, and the Eastern Panhandle.

“I’m very excited to be taking this new position at Ruby Memorial and WVUH, especially at this time when it’s growing to meet patient demands for advanced quality care,” Wright said. “Leadership there is clearly devoted to the vision and mission to improve the health of all West Virginians.”

At UPMC, Wright is credited with systematically reorganizing more than 30 operating rooms for better patient care and improved services. He also played a key role in the planning and construction of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa., which will house the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins practice facility.

Wright earned a B.S. degree in pharmacy at the University of Toledo in Ohio, a Master of Health Administration from Ohio State, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. He has served in various roles at UPMC since 2009. Before then he held leadership positions at Dublin Methodist Hospital in Dublin, Ohio, and Select Medical Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. 

Wright’s first day as the new president and CEO at WVUH will be August 11. 


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
aj: 05-20-14

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