(Philadelphia, PA) - Albert P. Black, Jr., has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), the 672-bed flagship hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Mr. Black, formerly Associate Hospital Director at Temple University Hospital, will join HUP on May 28, 2002.

"I am delighted Al Black has agreed to assume this vital leadership role in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania," said Garry Scheib, Executive Director of HUP and Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for the Health System. "Al's demonstrated experience in hospital administration in an academic healthcare environment positions him well to assume this key operations position at HUP."

In addition to providing operational leadership for clinical, administrative and support departments within the hospital, Black will also partner with Scheib to develop strategic, operating and financial plans that support the missions of Penn Health System. As Chief Operating Officer for HUP, Black will also be responsible for creating and sustaining a patient-focused organization designed to support the delivery of high-quality care.

"I am excited about joining a world-class organization like Penn and look forward to being part of the senior leadership team of HUP -- the nation's oldest, and clearly one of its best, teaching hospitals," said Albert Black. "This position takes advantage of my knowledge and strengths in successfully managing hospital operations in a challenging market, as well as my experience in developing and managing effective, cost-conscious community health initiatives. As I gain an understanding of the organizational culture within HUP and the Health System, I will continue to seek ways to make Penn more accessible to its many constituencies - including patients, the physician community, and other providers."

Throughout his career, Black has developed and implemented several innovative, hospital-based programs in long-term care, behavioral health, and community health. In recognition of his longstanding community leadership and activism, Black has earned dozens of national and local community-service awards - including the 1996 "Men Making a Difference" Award from U.S. Congressman Chakah Fattah (D: PA), and the Black Leader of Tioga and Nicetown Award in 1999.

Black is a member of the prestigious Philadelphia Tribune Charities, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for worthwhile community-based educational and healthcare programs. He is also founder and Director of "Opportunities in Health Care" - a popular youth-focused program that educates and introduces high-school students to career opportunities in the healthcare field. Indeed, since its inception 10 years ago, the program has successfully acquainted approximately 400 students with the many diverse career options available to them in clinical care, medical education and biomedical research.

Black's business acumen has been recognized by the numerous awards and honors he has received from such prominent professional organizations as the National Association of Health Service Executives and the Greater Philadelphia Health Assembly. An active participant/leader in multiple professional societies, Black is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives; serves as Program Chair in the National Association of Health Services Executives; and is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Albert Black earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University in 1972; and his Master of Business Administration from Temple four years later. He is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Black is a member of the Holsey Temple CME Church, in Germantown; and resides with his wife, Linnette Webb Black, in Lafayette Hill, PA.

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Founded in 1874, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the nation's first teaching hospital. Today, 128 years later, HUP is recognized as one of the country's best hospitals, having been named one of only 16 "Honor Roll" hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2001 annual survey of top hospitals. HUP is home to the faculty physician/scientists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - which was recently ranked fourth in the nation among all American medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. As a testament to its research strength, Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for its level of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report — Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2017, Penn Medicine provided $500 million to benefit our community.