Allegheny Health Network Caregivers Honored as 2017 Health Care Heroes

Dr. George J. Magovern Jr.

Each of these special honorees, together with the thousands of exceptional healthcare professionals who help us fulfill our mission, truly are among the many heroes who make our communities healthier and better places to live.

Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) string of standout showings at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Health Care Heroes awards continues. For the fifth consecutive year, AHN earned more honors than any health care provider in the region at the annual event.

The 2017 AHN honorees recognized during a dinner Sept. 14 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh included:


  • George J. Magovern Jr., MD, received the Career Achievement Award. Dr. Magovern, System Chairman, AHN Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, has built on the foundation established at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) by his late father, legendary cardiac surgeon George J. Magovern Sr. Throughout a career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Magovern has been a leader in clinical care, research, and education in cardiothoracic surgery regionally and nationally. Under his guidance, AGH has developed flourishing clinical programs in heart transplantation and left ventricular assist device therapy.
  • Sarah Homitsky, MD, was honored in the Health Care Provider – Physician category for her work implementing innovative and effective treatments at AHN’s West Penn Hospital for pregnancy-related depression. Dr. Homitsky is medical director of the women’s perinatal psychiatry program at West Penn. To serve women with severe forms of postpartum depression, AHN opened an Intensive Outpatient Program in January 2017 at West Penn Hospital, under Dr. Homitsky’s leadership.
  • Raymond Benza, MD, and Mark Caine, MD, were recognized in the Health Care Provider – Physician category for overseeing the care of Joy Lauver, a pregnant woman with pulmonary hypertension – a combination that meant extremely long odds for both Joy and her unborn baby to survive childbirth. Dr. Benza, Medical Director of Pulmonary Hypertension at AGH, worked with his team to map out the best course of care for Joy while Dr. Caine, Chief of Maternal Health Programs for AHN, and his colleagues at West…

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