Senior Leadership

Colleen C. Allison

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality


Colleen C. Allison functions as the hospital’s principal contact person regarding regulatory requirements for the State Department of Health and the Joint Commission. She coordinates all survey preparations and chairs the Accreditation / Licensure Steering Committee.


Mrs. Allison is also one of two compliance officers for the hospital, as well as the hospital’s Patient Safety Officer. She is the primary liaison with the hospital’s insurers and legal counsel in the areas of general liability and medical malpractice.


Mrs. Allison is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania’s Regional Committees on Risk Management, Patient Safety and Quality of Patient Care and Corporate Compliance. She is also a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the Pennsylvania Healthcare Quality Alliance.



Karen A. Bray, RN, MSN

Vice President, Patient Care Services


Karen A. Bray leads the patient care team at The Washington Hospital. Mrs. Bray provides leadership in developing hospital-wide patient care programs and collaborates with members of the Medical Staff to identify patient care needs. She ensures that systems and processes are designed to optimize patient safety and enhance patient, staff and physician satisfaction.

Mrs. Bray previously served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Grove City Medical Center and Ohio Valley General Hospital. She is chairman of the board for the Allegheny Children's Initiative and a board member for Partners for Quality.



Paul T. Cullen, M.D.

Vice President, Medical Affairs


Paul T. Cullen, M.D. oversees physician practice across The Washington Hospital health care system to ensure and promote high quality medical care. He serves as the primary liaison between the Medical Staff, hospital Administration and the hospital's Board of Trustees. Dr. Cullen also oversees the credentialing and privilege processes of the Medical Staff, as well as continuing medical education programs.


Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Medical Affairs, Dr. Cullen served as Director of The Washington Hospital Family Medicine Residency, where he continues to teach.



Rodney D. Louk

Vice President, Information and Ancillary Services

Chief Information Officer


Rodney Louk has administrative responsibility for the departments of Information Systems, Communications, Medical Records, Rehabilitation Services, Children’s Therapy Center, Occupational Medicine Center, and Facility Maintenance and Operations for the health system. This includes planning, implementing, and supporting The Washington Hospital technology and facility infrastructure and clinical services.


With more than 28 years experience in the health care industry, Mr. Louk has been the organization’s CIO for the past 18 years. Prior to his position as Vice President, he was the organization’s Director of Information Systems and Supervisor of Computer Operations. Prior to joining The Washington Hospital, he was Assistant Vice President of Technology for Heritage Bank in Ohio.


Mr. Louk is a member of Pennsylvania e-Health Initiative, HL7 Standards Committee, HIMSS, DPMA (Data Processing Management Association), and Hospital Council CIO Forum of Western Pennsylvania.



Richard J. Mahoney

Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Washington Health System Foundation


As Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Washington Health System Foundation, Rich Mahoney is the main liaison for the Foundation Board, whose principal goal is to provide present and future charitable resources for the Health System.  He is responsible for planning and implementing the Health System's fundraising strategies and activities.  Under his leadership, the Health System's number of annual donors has increased from less than 1,000 in 1988 to more than 5,100 in 2010.



Barbara McCullough

Vice President, Human Resources


Barbara McCullough is responsible for the formulation and organization-wide application of Human Resources policies, procedures, and employee/labor relations, as well as employee benefits, workers compensation, recruiting, and HRIS. She also has administrative responsibilities for several support departments in the Hospital. Mrs. McCullough received her Professional Human Resources designation in 1991 and has over 30 years of professional Human Resources experience in health care, heavy manufacturing, and the computer industry. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, Society of Hospital Human Resources Professionals, Society for Human Resource Management, the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association and Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania. She also serves on the board of Home and Community Services and the Pathways of Southwestern PA Foundation Board.



Larry Pantuso MBA, RN

Vice President, Planning and Business Development


Larry Pantuso coordinates the hospital's planning process and the development of its strategic plan to ensure success in meeting the health care needs of the community. He works with key stakeholders and leaders to develop and implement marketing strategies, as well as advises leadership on local, regional and national development, legislation and trends in regards to health care.


Mr. Pantuso has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. Most recently he was the Director of Cardiovascular Services for the Washington Health System. Previous to joining Washington Health System he has held leadership positions at WVU Healthcare, West Penn Allegheny Health System and the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of the south hills Mr. Pantuso serves on several community boards.



Alisa R. Rucker

Vice President, Finance/CFO


Alisa R. Rucker assumed the position of Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in July 2012. In addition to overseeing the finance, purchasing, business office and patient access functions, she serves as one of the Hospital’s compliance officers. Prior to assuming the Vice President, Finance/CFO position, she served as the Hospital’s Controller for 15 years with responsibility for both finance and business office activities. Mrs. Rucker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Washington and Jefferson College in 1989. Upon graduation, she was employed by Ernst & Young LLP before coming to the Hospital. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and serves on the following Boards: Greenbriar Treatment Center, Consolidated Supply Chain Services, LLP and PACE Risk Retention Group.



Brook Ward

Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer


Brook Ward oversees all operations for the Washington Health System, including patient care services, ancillary services, facility maintenance, facility planning, information systems, human resources and regulatory affairs, as well as the hospital's educational programs, service excellence initiatives and the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center.


Mr. Ward came to the Washington Health System from his most recent position as Vice President, Clinical and Ambulatory Services, at the Bronson Healthcare Group (Bronson Methodist Hospital) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He began his healthcare career as a radiologic technologist, and then became a business analyst, diagnostic manager, director of radiology and executive director of clinical and ambulatory services.


Mr. Ward has extensive experience with improving quality of care, process and operations improvement, physician relations, patient satisfaction/service excellence, and organizational growth.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Fellow of The Advisory Board Company.  In 2010, 2011, and 2012 Mr. Ward was an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Award Program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce.  In 2014, Mr. Ward became a Senior Examiner and Team Lead for the Malcolm Baldrige Award Program.