Executive Leadership Award
Mr. James M. Collins, chief executive officer (CEO), St. Clair Hospital, and G. Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP, senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) emeritus, are the recipients of the 2018 Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Executive Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and advocacy for physicians. Over a sustained time, the recipients shall have displayed administrative guidance and support to physicians to improve their ability to improve the lives and health of the people of our community.
“We are pleased to acknowledge a remarkable team,” says Keith Kanel, MD, chair, ACMS Awards Committee. “Mr. Collins and Dr. Yeasted have demonstrated the ‘power of two’ – when strong leaders from the physician world and the hospital world make up their minds to collaborate in extraordinary ways. The result is a community hospital that sets the standard for the region.”
Over the course of the last two decades, St. Clair Hospital has become one of the top-rated hospitals in the region. Today, it is a nationally recognized integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. As the region's largest independent hospital, St. Clair participates with all major insurers. In 2016, it became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing national network of independent health care providers committed to serving patients and their families through clinical collaboration.
Mr. Collins has served as president and CEO of St. Clair Hospital since April 2006 and is only the third person in the hospital’s 64-year history to hold this position. Prior to joining St. Clair Hospital, Mr. Collins was president and CEO of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital for seven years. He had previously served in progressively responsible positions since 1986, earning the Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for Early Career Achievement in 1992.
Mr. Collins earned a master’s degree in health administration in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a fellow at the Health Policy Institute. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the ACHE, and currently serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).
Mr. Collins and his wife, Lori, reside in Mt. Lebanon and have two adult children.
Dr. Yeasted served as CMO at St. Clair Hospital for 18 years before stepping into the emeritus role in 2017. Dr. Yeasted played a central role in leading the hospital through unprecedented growth and achievement during his tenure. His singular commitments to patient safety, performance excellence, medical education, and patient care, have set him apart as one of the county’s top physician executives.
During Dr. Yeasted's term as CMO, he continued to maintain his primary care practice at St. Clair and was even known to make an occasional house call, taking great pride in his 40 years of uninterrupted service to his patients and students. He continues to see patients in his primary care practice and works closely with the St. Clair Hospital Foundation on fundraising, community relations and special projects.
Aside from his service to clinical medicine, Dr. Yeasted has also been a tireless champion in physician advocacy. He is a recent past -governor of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians and has held many roles at the Allegheny County Medical Society, including serving as 2004 president, chairman of the board, delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and member of several committees. In December 2017, he received the Laureate Award from the Pennsylvania American College of Physicians, which is the highest honor given by that organization.
Dr. Yeasted earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1974, followed by an internal medicine internship and residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Yeasted resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Jo Ellen, and they have five adult children.