Jefferson Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), recently celebrated four decades of caring for the people of the South Hills and lower Mon Valley with a special dinner, “A Time to Reminisce and Recognize: 1977 to 2017,” at the South Hills Country Club. The hospital first opened the doors at its current Coal Valley Road location in Jefferson Hills in May 1977. “We’ve come a long way in the last 40 years, but throughout that journey we have never lost sight of our mission to provide compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered health care for the people in the communities we serve,” said Louise Urban, president and CEO, Jefferson Hospital. “As we pause to look back and remember all the wonderful people who helped us get to where we are today, we also are excited to look ahead to the next 40 years and beyond of continuing to care for the people in our communities.” Jefferson Hospital’s roots actually date back to the turn of the 20th century with the founding of Homestead and St. Joseph’s hospitals. By the early 1970s, the boards of directors of Homestead and St. Joseph’s hospitals recognized an opportunity to provide more comprehensive health care services to the rapidly growing southern suburban communities of Pittsburgh. In 1973, the two hospitals consolidated to form South Hills Health System, which opened its Jefferson Hills facility in 1977 and eventually changed its name to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. In 2013, the hospital’s board of directors once again saw an opportunity to expand Jefferson’s service offerings and better serve the needs of those living in the South Hills communities by partnering with Highmark and becoming part of the AHN. AHN and Highmark Health recently announced plans for a $700 million capital investment in new hospitals and upgrades to existing facilities, including an expansion and renovation of Jefferson Hospital’s emergency department, where more than 45,000 patients seek emergency care each year. Pictured: Jefferson Hospital President and CEO Louise Urban (left) presents a gift of recognition to Dorothy Halaburka of Munhall, a member of the hospital’s auxiliary and a 40-year hospital volunteer.