- Within six months of his
arrival as Wheeling Hospital's
CEO 10 years ago, Ron Violi
halted the facility's spate of financial losses and made the hospital profitable every year.
How does he
By applying what he
knows best: Business principles.
After serving as president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Violi and Pittsburgh attorney Vince DeLuzio formed R&V Associates, a business consulting firm specializing in reviving failing companies and making business acquisitions.
"I think, first and foremost, we just applied business principles to what we were doing," Violi
A decade ago, there were "so many people who had to be shipped into Pittsburgh, Columbus and Morgantown," Violi
"We put the service lines here to keep them."
saw a need for expanded options to treat children, and the Center for Pediatrics
The hospital now has a large team of pediatricians, with services including pediatric surgery, pediatric endocrinology, a pediatric rehabilitation center, pediatric psychiatry, autism disorder care and the early stages of neo-natal care.
"It started with kids," Violi
"We will renovate the whole first floor," Violi
"We're changing out the furniture so that it is less likely to look like institutional furniture.
It's a nice change. ... We're pleased and our patients' families seem to be pleased."
The next major project will be construction of a new continuous care center, to be built directly behind the current Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center
anticipates that ground will be broken this month.
The new nursing home will be "state of the art, with all private rooms and all private baths," he
"That's a great benefit for the doctor and an even bigger benefit for the patient," Violi
But amid the positive developments, what frustrates the hospital administrator?
said, "I think the frustration that I have is there's so little of our own business that we're really in control of. ... It's the government that controls everything, in truth.