Senior Leadership

Brook Ward

President of Washington Hospital / Executive VP/COO of Washington Health System


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 and 2015 Mr. Ward became a Senior Examiner and Team Lead for the Malcolm Baldridge Award Program.



Karen A. Bray, RN, MSN

Vice President, Patient Care Services


Karen A. Bray leads the patient care team at Washington Health System. 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 is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives as well as the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders. She has extensive experience in the fields of Critical Care and Nursing Management and has lectured and published in both of those fields. Mrs. Bray graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BSN as well as a Master’s degree in both Nursing Administration and Nursing Education (Cardiovascular Clinical Specialty).


Karen previously served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Grove City Medical Center and Ohio Valley General Hospital. She is currently board chairman for the Allegheny Children's Initiative; an advisory board member for the Child Advocacy Center of Washington and Washington County Children and Youth; and a board member for Partners for Quality.



Paul T. Cullen, M.D.

Vice President, Medical Affairs


Paul T. Cullen, M.D. is Vice President of Medical Affairs and assumed his current position in 2010.  He has been awarded the Certified Physician Executive designation by the American College of Physician Executives.  His primary responsibilities include being the administrative interface for the medical staff and managing the quality of care provided.


Dr. Cullen is an AOA graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Washington Hospital. He was a faculty member and directed the residency program for 19 years prior to assuming his current position.  Dr. Cullen has also been an item writer and served on examination committees for the American Board of Family Medicine.  He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics.



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, 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 33 years experience in the health care industry, Mr. Louk has been the organization’s CIO for the past 23 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 Washington Health System, 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. He also serves on the Board of Clinical Connect, a Regional Health Information Exchange.



Richard J. Mahoney, CFRE

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. He is also the administrative liaison for the Washington Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Services.


Mr. Mahoney is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and is Co-Chair of the Development Committee of Hospital Council of Western PA. In 1997, he was named outstanding Fundraising Professional of the year by the Association of Fund Raising Professions, Western Pennsylvania Chapter.



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 35 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 Your Child’s Place & the Pathways of Southwestern PA Foundation Board.



Larry Pantuso, MBA, RN, FACHE

Vice President, Strategy and Clinical Services


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 is involved in several community activities. 



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.



Terry Wiltrout

President of WHS Greene / VP of Operations with Washington Health System


Terry Wiltrout is responsible for coordinating specific projects to expand the hospitals market and bring new business to WHS.


Mr. Wiltrout has 25 years of experience in health care administration and came to the Washington Health System from his most recent position as Corporate Vice President in the Allegheny Health Network. He has very extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational growth and integration of hospital service lines.


Mr. Wiltrout is also very active in several community boards including; Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Waynesburg University Alumni Council and March of Dimes.



David S. Lazarus, MD, MBA, FACP

President, Washington Physicians Group


David S. Lazarus, MD,MBA, FACP  As President of the Washington Physicians Group, Dr. Lazarus has overall responsibility for the medical and administrative affairs of the group.  Dr. Lazarus received a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an MD degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and an MBA from Auburn University.  He completed an internal medicine residency at SUNY Downstate and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Lazarus was a member of the full time faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine performing immunology research and teaching for nine years before going into private practice in New Jersey.  He subsequently served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Newton Memorial Hospital, as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Princeton Healthcare System and as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, all in New Jersey prior to joining Washington Health Systems. 



Maureen Carter Scanlon

Executive Director, Washington Physicians Group


Maureen Carter Scanlon provides overall leadership, direction and administration of the medical  practices within the Washington Physicians Group. Administrative functions include financial and operations management, planning, human resources, program development, resource allocation and fostering growth opportunities within the physician network.


Ms Scanlon is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. She has extensive leadership experience directing primary care and specialty medical practice networks at Allegheny Health Network and Excela Health.  Ms Scanlon received a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.



Diana Fancher, RN, DNP

Vice President, Compliance and Risk


Diana Fancher functions as the hospital’s principal contact person regarding compliance and risk management. She is the primary liaison with the hospital’s insurers and legal counsel in the areas of general liability and medical malpractice.


Ms. Fancher has over 25 years of experience in healthcare with over 16 years of progressive advancement in healthcare executive roles. She has vast experience in the areas of service line planning and development, patient satisfaction, safety and quality.  Ms. Fancher is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Science Center with a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice Executive Leadership.
Ms. Fancher is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and has severed on numerous boards and advisory boards in the past.