WVU Healthcare has hired a vice president of healthcare integration who will be responsible for building and maintaining external relationships with non-WVU providers, healthcare organizations and post-acute care facilities. His first day is June 1.

Douglass E. Harrison joins WVU Healthcare from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he served as vice president of physician network development since 2010. In that role, Harrison had oversight of physician acquisitions, joint venture models, graduate medical education resident recruitment and practice operations.

Harrison, who grew up in Milton, W.Va., and earned an undergraduate degree from WVU and a master’s degree from Waynesburg University, has spent nearly 20 years in healthcare administration. Other positions include vice president of operations at UPMC-St. Margaret, and executive director of operations and physician services at UPMC-St. Margaret and UPMC-Shadyside.

“Doug will help us more proactively meet the healthcare needs of the state and region,” said WVUH President and CEO Albert L. Wright, Jr. “He will help assess healthcare demand and utilization, and evaluate opportunities to meet gaps in care and quality of care. These opportunities may include offering specialty outreach clinics, ancillary services and emergency room coverage.

”WVU Healthcare is large and complex,” Wright continued. “Doug and his team will help external groups successfully navigate our organization.”

Harrison will work closely with the West Virginia United Health System and System hospitals to ensure growth and strategic opportunities are aligned.