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UPMC Northwest Announces Brian Durniok as New President

David Gibbons to Become UPMC Hamot President

SENECA, Pa., Feb. 6, 2017Brian Durniok has been named president of UPMC Northwest, succeeding current president David Gibbons, who will become president of UPMC Hamot on March 1. Durniok has been vice president of operations and human resources at Northwest since 2013.
“Both David and Brian have worked very hard to grow the services available at Northwest,” said Marilyn Neely-Gabrys, UPMC Northwest board chair. “Under their strong leadership, our hospital is thriving not only as part of UPMC’s world-class system but also as leaders in our community, making an impact on the lives of those we serve.”
Durniok also will continue to serve as vice president of human resources for UPMC Northwest, UPMC Hamot and UPMC Chautauqua WCA.
“I have been privileged to work with Brian for nearly four years at Northwest and am proud and inspired by his enduring commitment to providing quality health care for the communities of Venango and surrounding counties,” said Gibbons.
In addition to being responsible for daily human resources activities, employee safety and wellness, talent acquisition, compensation, and regulatory compliance, he also is responsible for operational oversight for UPMC Northwest, including nursing, the medical staff and community outreach.
Durniok was instrumental in the expansion of UPMC Northwest’s Teleconsult service line—the highest volume Teleconsult Center across the UPMC network—bringing cutting-edge care to patients in the community and unparalleled access to expert specialty care while avoiding long-distance travel and related time and expenses. His efforts helped UPMC Northwest receive Center of Excellence designation for low-dose CT lung screening. He most recently has been directing the $4 million purchasing and installation of new MRI and CT scanners.
Durniok has more than 21 years of extensive experience in the human resources field, most of which was within health care and nearly 15 years of operational leadership experience. Prior to joining UPMC Northwest, he worked as vice present of human resources at UPMC Horizon in Greenville. He graduated from Thiel College with a bachelor’s degree in business and received a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College.
Gibbons, a Rocky Grove native, has served in the role as UPMC Northwest president since 2009. He also served as UPMC Hamot’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2012.
During Gibbons’ presidency, the number of physicians and staff at UPMC Northwest grew significantly. Some of the projects he initiated include: 
• Aggressive recruitment of more than 30 new physicians and clinical specialists, including those in behavioral health, pain management, nephrology and emergency services.
• American College of Surgeon’s accreditation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• Expansion of outpatient behavioral health services.
• A 4-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a high distinction among a select number of acute care hospitals.
• The area’s only accredited stroke center, including award recognition for successfully implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
• Implementation of a full-time hospitalist program, including integrating emergency medicine, pathology, anesthesiology and hospitalists services into UPMC.
• Development of the region’s largest and most comprehensive women’s program with Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, including employment of six board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists, perinatologist, gynecologic oncologist, reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, breast surgeon, etc.
• More than $9 million annually in IRS-defined community benefits, including charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor, community health programs and donations, and medical research.
With more than 25 years of hospital administration experience, Gibbons was the chief operating officer at Kennedy Health System in Voorhees, N.J., before joining UPMC. He also served as director of managed care for the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Gibbons holds an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clarion University, as well as a master’s degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
“Working with UPMC corporate leadership and sharing valuable resources, particularly with UPMC Hamot, David has led Northwest on a number of major projects that have strengthened access to health care for the area. The seamless transition to Brian’s presidency will enable Northwest to continue thriving and will benefit the residents of Venango County and the surrounding region as we continue our mission of extending world-class care close to home,” said Leslie Davis, UPMC senior vice president, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.

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