Primary Health Network Names Drew Pierce as CEO

PIERCE, DREWSHARON, Pa. – The Primary Health Network (PHN) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Drew Pierce as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee effective October 1, 2014.

Pierce previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Development at PHN.

“Drew has demonstrated the vision and skills necessary to lead PHN for many years to come,” said Jack Laeng, PHN’s current CEO and founder.

“During this time of expansion and continuous growth, there is no better person to lead PHN than Drew. He believes in PHN’s mission wholeheartedly and is a proven leader who has been involved in organizational program development and strategic planning since he started with us.”

Since joining PHN in 2007, Pierce has been a part of numerous expansion projects and has shown dynamic finance and operational skills. During Pierce’s time as CFO, he played a key part in the development and maintenance of an annual budget of $64MM+ which grew over $43MM in the past seven years.

He was integral in the fostering of relationships with potential partners, evaluation of new programs and potential new revenue streams, participation in the political progress with Local, State, and Federal Legislators and the expansion of services to other locations and territories. He also served as the organizational liaison to PHN’s Charitable Foundation which consisted of responsibility for the oversight of all Foundation programs, staff and operations as well as a budget of $2.5MM+ annually.

“PHN has grown exponentially over the past thirty years and I look forward to its future,” Pierce said. “I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead an organization that I am so proud of. I have big shoes to fill since I am only the second CEO that PHN has had since it began. Thankfully, I have had Jack as a mentor over the past seven years and I am eager to begin my tenure.”

PHN Board President, Donald Perry, echoes Laeng’s views on Pierce. The Board of Directors spent two years searching for Laeng’s successor.

“His strong commitment and dedication to our mission, strong financial acumen, understanding of networking and teaming with other organizations are just a few of many skills imperative for his new position,” said Perry. “Drew has demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, staff development, joint ventures and strategic alliances that will ensure PHN positions as an industry leader for years to come.”

PHN was founded in 1984 with one community health center in Farrell, PA and has grown into a network of 31 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. PHN is the largest community health center in Pennsylvania employing over 500 people, including 140 full and part-time providers. PHN served 113,629 people during 2013 with 375,378 medical, dental and behavioral health encounters. For more information, visit

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