A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s hospital administration program, Dawn Gideon (MHA ΄83) built an extraordinarily successful career as a visionary leader in health care—one that was sadly far too brief. She began her career with Forbes Health System, becoming president of the Wilkinsburg Hospital and later Forbes CEO, which later merged with Allegheny University Hospitals (now the Allegheny Health Network).
Subsequently, Gideon founded Transition Management Group (TMG) and embarked on a career that focused on ensuring the survival of cash-distressed hospitals. She later sold TMG to Huron Consulting Group with whom she continued her work of finding new and creative tools for the survival of health care organizations. She returned to Pittsburgh as the chief operating officer for Allegheny Health Network, where she improved care delivery, built relationships, helped to avoid bankruptcy, and laid the groundwork for the organization’s future.
Throughout her career, Gideon was devoted to creatively solving complex business problems in the health care environment, and was recognized by such entities as the Harvard Business Review, which continues to use some of her early work as a case study for health care. She was a dynamic, creative, and compassionate person who gained national recognition through her health care management and consulting work. She continues to inspire family, friends, and all who work to improve our health care system by her courage and passion after being diagnosed with cancer.
After her death in June, 2015, Gideon's husband, Kevin Altomari, along with family, friends, and colleagues, founded the Dawn Gideon Foundation. This organization seeks to provide a forum for the development of hospital administration professionals. Altomari and the Dawn Gideon Foundation have provided generous support to establish this annual lecture series as well as scholarships for students in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health.