ACHE Western PA Role: President
A Pittsburgh native, Kimberly Fierst is Director of Curated Health Solutions at Highmark Health. Focusing on episodic conditions, she leads an internal team through research, design, and deployment of targeted initiatives that create a best-in-class patient and clinician experience across health journeys. As part of this work, she collaborates with stakeholders from both the payor and provider branches of the Enterprise while managing a portfolio of short and long term solutions. Prior to this role, Kim also served as Senior Product Owner and Strategy Consultant within various departments of the health plan.
Prior to Highmark Health, Kim completed an administrative fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Throughout the year-long, project-based program, she was exposed to influential leaders from major functional areas, including Clinical Institutes, Support Services, Human Resources, International Operations, and Quality. Upon graduation, she assumed a full-time position within the Strategy Office before returning to Pittsburgh.
Kim joined ACHE as a student in 2012 and was an active member of western PA’s Early Careerist Network committee throughout graduate school. Following her time in Cleveland, she rejoined the chapter to serve as Programming Chair for two years before moving into the Vice President role in 2020.
Outside of healthcare, Kim is a huge hockey fan (Let’s go Pens!) and loves to fish (despite her inability to catch more than one bluegill per trip…). She also volunteers at The Caring Place in downtown Pittsburgh and is Vice Chair for Highmark’s professional development Business Resource Group.
Kim holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.