Come join us in person or online to hear from Albert Wright about the Thomas Hospital Merger. Albert is the president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University (WVU) Health System, West Virginia’s largest private employer. Before joining the Health System in September 2014, he served in a variety of senior-level leadership positions at some of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare systems and academic medical centers, including Ohio Health and UPMC. Since his appointment as president and CEO, Albert has led a fundamental transformation of the Health System, moving it from a holding company to a fully integrated network. Through a combination of acquisitions, management agreements, and clinical affiliations, he has grown the Health System to a network of 16 hospitals while significantly expanding its specialty and sub-specialty care in areas such as cancer, heart and vascular, and neuroscience, among many others. Under his leadership, the Health System also became West Virginia’s first and only multi-organ transplant center and broke ground on a new, 150-bed Children’s Hospital. Today, the WVU Health System has 2,000 licensed beds, a medical staff of 2,000, 20,000 employees, a 675-bed academic medical center, seven community hospitals, eight critical access hospitals, and three managed hospitals. It serves a multi-state region that includes West Virginia, Western Maryland, Eastern Ohio, and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Albert obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree at the University of Toledo, a Master of Health Administration at The Ohio State University, and his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. He is involved in several charitable and civic organizations and serves on several boards.