General Hospital Casts ATWT Vet Maura West -- As a Member of the Jerome Crime Family?

General Hospital Cast Maura West Ava JeromeTwo-time Daytime Emmy winner/As the World Turns vet Maura West is heading to ABC’s General Hospital — perhaps to start a new branch of the long-dormant Jerome crime family tree.

RELATED | Prospect Park Sues ABC Over AMC and OLTL Licensing, Alleges Sabotage

As first reported by Soap Opera Digest, West has been cast in the new role of Ava Jerome, with no further details being offered.

As longtime GH fans know, Victor Jerome was a onetime crime boss there in Port Charles, one who had quite the fixation on Lucy Coe. Similarly, the old man’s daughter Olivia (played by Tonja Walker, inset) created all kinds of headaches for object-of-her-obsession Duke Lavery and his wife Anna.

Will GH play a bit loose with the math and make Ava a long-lost daughter of the deceased Olivia? Or is she a never-before-seen Jerome empire heir?

RELATED | All My Children Bombshell Chrishell Stause Joins Days of Our Lives

In addition to her nearly 15-year run as ATWT‘s Carly — during which she amassed seven Daytime Emmy nods, converting in 2007 and ’10 — West played The Young and the Restless‘ Diane from October 2010 to August 2011.