Alison Ferren Assumes Role of Interim President for Abington – Jefferson Health
ABINGTON, PA (July 6, 2020)--Alison Ferren, MBA, was named Interim President and COO of Abington - Jefferson Health, effective June 30, following the retirement of Meg McGoldrick.
“As interim president, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to advancing Abington - Jefferson Health’s position as a preferred healthcare provider in the region, reinforcing our commitment to our community members who have come to rely on us for their health care, and partnering with employees and physicians to ensure they have the technology to help them do their very best work,” said Ferren. “It gives me great pleasure to serve in this role at the very place where I began my career.”
Ferren began her career at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1987 when she joined the Information Technology Department. In just eight years, she was promoted to Chief Information Officer. Under her leadership as CIO, Abington Health was transformed into one of the most technologically advanced health systems in the country, recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals for five consecutive years. Additionally, in 2013, she became responsible for the Performance Excellence Department, where she supported large-scale improvement projects, collaborating with clinicians and other leaders to incorporate proactive and innovative solutions to address business challenges and achieve results.
When Abington Health and Jefferson merged to form Jefferson Health in 2015, Ferren was appointed Senior Vice President, Integration & Performance Improvement, to lead Jefferson’s merger integration planning and execution, performance improvement, and operational excellence in Center City Philadelphia.
In November 2019, Ferren returned to Abington - Jefferson Health to serve as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Operational Leader for the implementation of a new electronic medical record system for the Abington and Jefferson Northeast hospitals.
Says Jean Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., chair, Abington Division Board and Institutional Advancement Board Member, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are thrilled that Alison has accepted this position, and we look forward to working side-by-side with her to advance our unique position in the region. The organization will benefit from Alison’s data-driven approach to growth and operational improvements, and her enthusiasm for putting processes in place to continue our organization’s commitment to safety and quality.”
Ferren’s contributions to the business community are many. She has served as a member on the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania Technical Standards committee. She has volunteered as a national examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and is a Baldrige Executive Fellow.
She serves on the board of the New Britain Surgical Center, the Abington PET/CT Center of Willow Grove and the Abington Surgical Center. She has been nominated to serve on the boards of the Pain and Surgical Center of Langhorne and EMS Council of Montgomery County. Additionally, Ferren has volunteered at the June Fete, the long-standing fundraiser of the Abington Women’s Board, for more than two decades.
Ferren has made presentations across the country about computerized physician order entry and the Baldridge Framework for Excellence. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Business Administration and MBA from Temple University, which she earned in 1996.
About Abington – Jefferson Health
Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Blue Bell, Elkins Park, Horsham, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville, Warminster and Willow Grove. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.