Susan Hoolahan, UPMC Passavant President

Susan Hoolahan

By Janice Lane Palko

On February 1, Susan Hoolahan was named president of UPMC Passavant hospitals in Cranberry and McCandless. Hoolahan was born and raised in Beaver County, graduating from Beaver High School. She received a diploma in Nursing from Shadyside Hospital in 1981, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences in 1987, and a Master’s in Nursing Administration (MSN) in 1991 from LaRoche College.

“I have 37 years in health care with 20 of those years in progressive leadership roles,” said Ms. Hoolahan. Over the past seven years, she has served as Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care Services and more recently, Vice President of Operations.

Ms. Hoolahan began her career as a staff nurse at UPMC Shadyside in 1981 and believes her experience as a nurse has aided her as she progressed in leadership positions. “Nurse executives are well positioned to serve as hospital presidents. My clinical knowledge and focus on patient-centered care, quality and safety as well as an understanding of the operations and business of health care provides the right leadership, vision and strategy,” said Ms. Hoolahan.

A resident of the North Hills, she is married and the mother to 23-year-old triplets—two girls and one boy and believes her mission is to enhance the health of the communities that UPMC serves through clinical service excellence. “My vision is for UPMC Passavant to be the provider of choice for our community and surrounding region,” she said.

Ms. Hoolahan knows that health care has been a prominent national issue for the past few years and highlights how UPMC Passavant is addressing those concerns. “Hospitals are important to treat serious illnesses and diseases. They also create jobs in our community, which is vital for our economy. UPMC Passavant employs over 1,900 individuals. Additionally, through an assessment of the communities’ health care needs, we offer a comprehensive approach to combat heart disease, stroke and cancer care through offering wellness and prevention programs, support programs and expanding services for access to care. We do this through our exceptional medical staff and employees who provide world-class care and an exceptional patient experience,” said Ms. Hoolahan.

She succeeds David Martin, who as senior vice president, UPMC Health Services Division, and market president of UPMC’s Central Region will now oversee UPMC’s growth and expansion across central Pennsylvania