Annette Fetchko currently serves as the regional manager for the Center for Inclusion Health (CIH), a division of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), with a mission to provide outstanding health care to all people in the region served by AHN, especially socially marginalized and vulnerable populations. Fetchko oversees the operational and strategic development of the programs within CIH.
Prior to her role at CIH, Fetchko served from 2010 to 2017 as administrator of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center (CCFHCC) in downtown Pittsburgh. The CCFHCC provides free medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. During her tenure, Fetchko expanded care and raised more than $6 million in new funding, resulting in a substantial increase in the CCFHCC operating budget, which is funded solely thru foundations, corporations, individual donors, and an annual special event. The CCFHCC does not receive any federal or state funding; does not bill third-party payers, and does not charge patients a sliding fee scale. During her service, has participated in numerous fundraising events in her personal time. She has testified at the auditor general’s hearings on Pennsylvania’s use of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds and advocated for more funding for the uninsured and underinsured. She had secured more than $700,000 to expand patient care space and increase the number of volunteer health professionals. As a result, CCFHCC has been able to increase the number of patients it serves and reduce waiting time for prospective patients. Fetchko also served on the CCFHCC Board of Directors. She continues to volunteer as a nurse at the CCFHCC, having earned an RN degree in 2003 to enable her to better understand health needs and become more involved in health care.
Throughout her 30-year career, Fetchko has held senior management positions in various health care organizations, including as manager of organizational effectiveness for what was previously the West Penn Allegheny Health System Alle-Kiski Medical Center. She also worked as a staff nurse in the medical-surgical unit at UPMC St. Margaret hospital, and continues to support the nursing profession through her volunteer tutoring of nursing students.
Fetchko earned an MHA in 1984 at Pitt Public Health.
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