Ken DeFurio began his career in healthcare as a respiratory therapist. His first job out of college, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy, was at Butler Memorial Hospital.
DeFurio then accepted his first management position at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, MD. In 1989, DeFurio returned to Butler Health System. He was increasingly responsible for the management of several departments, while earning an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. Moving through the ranks at the Butler Health System, DeFurio held the titles of Department Director, Vice President of Outpatient Services, Chief Operations Officer, and for nearly 10 years, President & CEO.
Under DeFurio’s leadership, Butler Health System (BHS) has led the region as an independent, community-based health system. As one of the largest employers in Butler County, BHS is comprised of Butler Memorial Hospital and more than 70 ambulatory locations.
BHS services and physicians can be found in counties throughout western PA. Butler Memorial Hospital has more than 14,000 acute care admissions and approximately 600,000 outpatient encounters each year. The BHS physician network includes 400 doctors across specialties, including 150 physicians employed by BHS.
DeFurio is active in a number of community events. His current and past board service includes CDC of Butler County, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Butler Road Race for Scholarships, VHA MidAtlantic, and Benbrook Medical Center.
DeFurio resides in Butler Township, PA, with his wife and daughter.