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Medical Services: Regional Services
Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

UPMC Altoona's Bariatric Surgery Center combines years of experience to evaluate and counsel candidates interested in pursuing surgery as a tool in managing their weight loss and ensuring long-term weight-loss success. Our bariatric surgeons and clinical staff comprise an outstanding team of professionals who offer unparalleled care and effective surgical solutions through a comprehensive team approach. More...

Behavioral Health
Our Center for Behavioral Health helps people with mental health and substance abuse problems. A treatment team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, nurses and case managers provides a wide range of specialized services to assist children, adults and the elderly. Phone 889-2141.

Click here for information on the Behavioral Health Access Center.

Home Nursing Agency also offers the Center for Counseling. Phone 946-5411 or 1-800-445-6262.

Center for Birth and Growth
Our premier maternity unit consists of 18 private Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Post Partum (LDRP) rooms, a transitional nursery and two fully equipped operating rooms all located on the secure 9th Floor of the Tower building at Altoona Hospital Campus. More...

Center for Cancer Care
Cancer patients receive state-of-the-art treatment at the Center for Cancer Care, located on the 4th Floor of the Outpatient Center at Altoona Hospital Campus. The cancer center provides the entire spectrum of treatments – chemotherapy, radiation oncology and/or surgery – from a highly qualified staff of medical professionals. More...

Center for Cardiac Care
A comprehensive line of cardiology services is available at the Center for Cardiac Care, including open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, implantable cardiac defibrillators, stents, electrocardiograms, trans-esophageal echocardiography, stress testing and rehabilitation.

The echocardiography lab provides a full range of echo studies, such as transesophageal, pediatric, intraoperative TEE, stress and transthoracic.

With Mini-Maze surgery, doctors are able to permanently break the circuit of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, in an easy to perform procedure. Mini-Maze can restore normal heart function and help patients with atrial fibrillation maintain an active, healthy lifestyle free from most medications and coumadin. Click here to download information on Mini-Maze surgery or call our Physician Finder service at 800-258-4677.

After your cardiologist takes action with medicine, treatment or surgery, we can complete your care with rehabilitation. The staff of Cardiac Rehabilitation, in collaboration with your physician, is prepared to monitor and guide you as you build strength and endurance for a better quality of life.

Altoona Regional Health System has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for 2007 by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Our facility's structure, processes and care outcomes were rigorously evaluated to be selected for this great recognition. We were the first to bring open-heart surgery to the area and we will continue to lead by providing state-of-the-art techniques close to home. For more information on this achievement, click here.

For more information, contact:
    Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at (814) 889-2173
    Cardiology at (814) 889-2102

Central Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Associates
Central Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Associates (CPCA) is committed to providing the highest quality diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases using cutting-edge surgical techniques as well as minimally invasive procedures. More...

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Service
Altoona Regional's Departments of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Service provide patients with the best possible quality of care when seconds and minutes matter most. More...

HealthForce (Occupational Medicine)
HealthForce, UPMC Altoona's occupational medicine program, offers a complete range of priority-care services for injured workers, including our workers' comp clinic, which provides specialized, expert care to get employees back to work. We also offer other services, such

HealthForce offers:
  • DOT physicals
  • Pre-employment physicals
  • Executive physicals
  • Laceration repair
  • Drug screens (urine, saliva, hair - using our medical review officer or another as indicated)
  • Audiometric exams
  • Respiratory form review
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Spirometry
  • EKG
  • Vision screening
  • Vaccines
  • On-site wellness programs
  • Travel medicine
  • Our staff is well-trained, skilled, and experienced.

    HealthForce gladly accepts walk-ins and schedules employees quickly. We are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue, Altoona.

    For more information, call 814-889-4244.

    Imaging Services
    Should you require diagnostic X-rays, nuclear medicine, digital mammography, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) or ultrasound examinations, your physician will refer you to Imaging Services.

    The department is directed by a radiologist (a physician specializing in the diagnosis of disease by means of X-ray), who performs certain procedures, interprets your examinations and submits written reports of the findings to your physician. Your X-rays are taken and supervised by registered radiologic technologists.

    Imaging Services is equipped with Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and PET/CT, three of the leading technologies benefiting both patients and physicians.

    For more information on our outpatient imaging services at Station Medical Center, please click here.

    To learn more about low-dose CT, click here.

    Institute for Sleep Medicine
    The Institute for Sleep Medicine is a comprehensive program that treats all types of sleep disorders, especially snoring and sleep apnea, under the medical direction of a sleep specialist.

    The institute includes a sleep lab, where patients can be monitored during sleep for diagnostic purposes using computerized polysomnography equipment. In the morning, patients are treated to breakfast in the institute's hospitality room. The institute also runs a daytime sleep clinic, where patients are first assessed by a sleep clinic nurse and then evaluated by an institute physician to determine a plan of care. Patients are asked to return to the clinic after their sleep studies to discuss outcomes and treatment plans. All reports and recommendations from the institute are sent to the patients' referring physicians.

    Besides snoring and sleep apnea, the institute can help patients who have problems:
    • Staying awake, such as narcolepsy.
    • With nighttime behaviors, such as sleepwalking, night terrors or bedwetting.
    • Sleeping at night (insomnia). This may be caused by conditions such as periodic limb movement disorder, which is repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep, or restless legs syndrome, an intense urge to move the legs to relieve a strange sensation.
    • With sleep deprivation and/or sleep due to shift work.
    Click here to learn how the Institute for Sleep Medicine gave a local mother more quality time with her young daughter.

    For more information, call (814) 889-4466.

    Primary Stroke Center
    In September 2006, Altoona Regional earned certification from the Joint Commission. More...

    Committed to caring for you in your community. Altoona Regional offers both traditional and minimally invasive procedures from dedicated, expert surgeons who will help you decide which is right for you. Procedures for brain and spine disorders, including brain tumors, stroke injuries, trauma injuries, degenerative disease of the neck and back, herniated discs, fractured vertebra, and more. Phone 1-800-258-4677 for more information.

    Elite Orthopedics is the health system's new, unique full-service orthopedic physician practice serving all of Central Pennsylvania. Phone 889.3600 or visit www.eliteorthodocs.com

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department provides physical and occupational therapy and speech pathology services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. More...

    Surgical Services
    Surgical Services is comprised of operating room suites, endoscopy suites, preoperative holding units, post-anesthesia care units, same day surgery units and a pretesting department. All units are staffed with qualified nurses, surgical technicians and support staff.

    Surgeries performed include general, cardiothoracic, vascular, orthopedic, ear-nose-throat, ophthalmology, gynecology, urology, plastic, podiatry, endoscopy and other basic and advanced surgeries. Surgical Services provides high-quality surgical care for a variety of both inpatient and outpatient procedures.

    For more information on the Altoona Regional Surgery Center, please click here.

    Wound Care and Ostomy Program
    If you have a wound that simply won't heal despite current treatments, there is help at Altoona Regional Health System. Our Wound Care and Ostomy Program is staffed with a unique team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals with expertise in treating patients with chronic wounds. More...
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