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PRESS RELEASES

07/30/15 - UPMC Altoona Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll
07/29/15 - Altoona Podiatrist Selected As Editorial Committee Member of Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing-Journal of Wound Care
07/21/15 - Friends of UPMC Altoona Donate Dinner Baskets to Maternity Patients
07/14/15 - Healthy Blair County Coalition
07/10/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for August
06/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces $100,000 Donation to Breast Health Center
06/18/15 - Media Alert for Monday, June 22 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces $100,000 Donation
06/18/15 - Altoona Native Joins Mainline Medical Associates
06/16/15 - AMED Receives 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Performance Achievement Award
06/12/15 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in July
06/10/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for July
05/26/15 - UPMC Community Benefits Total $888 Million for Fiscal Year 2014, Including $49.5 Million Provided by UPMC Altoona
05/16/15 - UPMC Patients Alerted to Billing Company's Data Theft
05/15/15 - UPMC Altoona Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists
05/12/15 - Integrated Patient eRecord Helps UPMC Altoona Clinicians Coordinate, Improve Care
05/12/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for June
05/6/15 - UPMC Altoona and Station Medical Center Host Women's Health and Wellness Day May 13
04/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Honors Donors, Recipients During Donate Life Month
04/21/15 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces Golf Classic For June 22
04/14/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for May
04/14/15 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in May
04/13/15 - 'Creating Wellness' Theme of May Is Mental Health Month Program
04/10/15 - UPMC Altoona Celebrates Volunteers
04/10/15 - National Donate Life Month Activities at UPMC Altoona
04/08/15 - Local Executive Recertifies Health Care Management Credential
04/03/15 - UPMC Altoona Sets Earth Day Activities
03/31/15 - UPMC Altoona Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center
03/24/15 - UPMC Altoona Names Two to Patient Experience Team
03/20/15 - Medical Intensive Care Recognized for Zero Infection Rate in Central Lines for More Than Six Months
03/16/15 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in April
03/13/15 - Ophthalmologist Receives Recertification from American Board of Ophthalmology
03/13/15 - Shehnaz Mohsin, M.D., FHM, Receives Fellow Designation
03/13/15 - Thomas M. Mextorf, D.O., Receives Recertification as a Certified Medical Director
03/09/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for April
02/27/15 - New HR Director Named for UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial
02/27/15 - Fellowship-Trained Trauma/Critical Care Surgeon Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff
02/26/15 - Tickets on Sale for Women's Night Out Event
02/25/15 - AABB Accredits UPMC Altoona Blood Bank Services
02/23/15 - Mario Wilfong Named Regional Chief Financial Officer for UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Altoona
02/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Achieves Accreditation as Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery
02/20/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for March
02/18/15 - Case Manager Receives Certification
02/16/15 - Joint Commission accredits UPMC Altoona
02/13/15 - Registered Nurse Case Manager Passes Certification Exam
02/10/15 - Kelli Reale Selected for Vice President of HR at UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial
02/08/15 - UPMC Altoona Employees Donate to Central Pennsylvania Humane Society
02/08/15 - UPMC Altoona Announces December Guardian Angels
02/05/15 - World-Class Breast Imaging: Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Available at UPMC Altoona
02/05/15 - Bio: UPMC Altoona's Lauren Deur, Diagnostic Radiologist
02/05/15 - Surgeon Specializing in Breast Diseases Joins UPMC Altoona
02/05/15 - UPMC Altoona Introduces New Breast Health Center With Surgeon Specializing in Breast Disease
02/03/15 - Media Alert: UPMC Altoona Introduces New Breast Health Center
01/16/15 - UPMC Altoona Radiologist Receives Certification
01/16/15 - UPMC Altoona RN Promoted
01/16/15 - Director Retires With 37 Years of Service
01/16/15 - Jonhan Ho, M.D., Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff
01/14/15 - Media Alert: UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts Winter Splendor
01/01/15 - First Blair County Baby of New Year Born At UPMC Altoona


July 30, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Award demonstrates UPMC Altoona's commitment to quality care for stroke patients


Award demonstrates UPMC Altoona's commitment to quality care for stroke patients
ALTOONA, July 30, 2015 — UPMC Altoona has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® -Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. UPMC Altoona earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that patients receive care based on nationally respected clinical guidelines," said Janet Ashurst, nurse manager for UPMC Altoona's Regional Stroke Center. "UPMC Altoona is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal."

UPMC Altoona has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center since 2006, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department.

"We are pleased to recognize UPMC Altoona for its commitment to stroke care," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care."

For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall health care costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients. For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the "teachable moment," the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

PHOTO: UPMC Altoona has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. Representing the stroke program are (from left): front - Sandra Lazor, PA-C, UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Neurology; Deborah Fornwalt-Beiswenger, administrative assistant, Neuroscience Stroke Department; back - Greg Madison, stroke manager; Janet Ashurst, stroke coordinator, Neuroscience Stroke Department; Stephanie Warmath, RN, Neuroscience Stroke Department, and Changsoo Hahm, M.D., UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Neurology.






July 29, 2015 - Altoona Podiatrist Selected As Editorial Committee Member of Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing-Journal of Wound Care


Altoona Podiatrist Selected As Editorial Committee Member of Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing-Journal of Wound Care
ALTOONA, July 29, 2015 — Harry Penny, D.P.M., of UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Podiatry has been selected as one of four members of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing-Journal of Wound Care (APWH-JWC) editorial committee.

Dr. Penny is a member of the UPMC Altoona medical staff.

Open to all prescribing physicians (M.D., D.O. and D.P.M.) the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing is the first physician-specific organization in wound care that has been created to meet the needs of the physician in three subject areas: clinical and operations-focused education, compensation advocacy and legislative action on health care issues. The APWH is positioned to become a major resource to provide education so policymakers have an opportunity to make decisions that will allow the physician to deliver best care to reduce morbidity, increase the quality of life to patients, while reducing the overall costs of health care.

Dr. Penny's appointment to the Editorial Committee requires him to:
  • Publish one article per year
  • Review four articles per year
  • Write one editorial per year
  • Promote the journal through their networks and memberships outside of the APWH
  • Share contacts from commercial companies
  • Develop commercial projects
  • Have a strong academic background
  • Attend one board meeting in the U.S.






July 21, 2015 - Friends of UPMC Altoona Donate Dinner Baskets to Maternity Patients


Friends of UPMC Altoona Donate Dinner Baskets to Maternity Patients
ALTOONA, July 21, 2015 — Each woman who gives birth at UPMC Altoona will receive a helpful spaghetti dinner basket designed to make her first days at home with her newborn a bit easier.

About 100 baskets are expected to be given away to patients each month, says Pam O'Donnell, nurse manager of Maternity. Each new mother will receive a colander, a pound of spaghetti, a quart jar of DelGrosso's spaghetti sauce, a pasta fork, and a tea towel - all courtesy of Friends of UPMC Altoona and Del Grosso's.

"This is our way of saying thank-you to mothers who choose to deliver at UPMC Altoona," O'Donnell says. "Our intention is that the spaghetti dinner and related tools will make the first meal at home easier. The colander and tea towel provide a lasting remembrance of mom and baby's stay with us during this momentous occasion."

The baskets are being packaged by UPMC Altoona volunteers, says Debbie McClellan, Volunteer Services manager.

"The spaghetti, sauce, pasta fork and tea towel are placed inside the colander," she explains. "We wrap it in clear plastic to keep it together and decorate it with ribbon for a pretty gift. We extend a sincere thank-you to DelGrosso's for donating the sauce and spaghetti and to Friends for buying the other items."

Photo: New mother Morgan Kennedy (seated) holds Travis Paul Dodson Jr. and his father Travis Paul Dodson receives a dinner basket courtesy of DelGrosso's, UPMC Altoona and Friends of UPMC Altoona. The Duncansville family received the first basket presented as part of a new program to provide a spaghetti basket to new mothers to help ease the transition to home after the hospital. On hand for the first presentation are (from left) Ronald McConnell, UPMC Altoona chief operating officer, Anita Grimes, R.N., administrative director, Pam O'Donnell, nurse manager for Maternity and Nursery Department, Peggy Cawthern, president of Friends of UPMC Altoona, and registered nurse Jennifer Eger.






July 14, 2015 - Healthy Blair County Coalition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Coleen Heim
Telephone: (814) 944-0884 ext. 305
Email: info@healthyblaircountycoalition.org


The Healthy Blair County Coalition (HBCC) is conducting a community health needs assessment. As part of that effort, households are being surveyed to learn more about the strengths and issues in neighborhoods.

"We value each individual opinion and believe insights from people who live in the county will improve our communities," said Coleen Heim of the HBCC.

Three thousand surveys are being mailed to a random sampling of households in Blair County, and responses from individual households will remain anonymous. If your household receives a survey, please complete and return it using the envelope provided. Or people may go online using the Web site link in the letter. Either way, all responses must be received by Aug. 20.

In addition, other surveys are being sent to businesses, labor unions, service providers, associations, key informants and faith-based organizations.

The information gathered from the needs assessment will be compiled over the next few months and used by many organizations to improve services and programs throughout Blair County.

"Improving the community is a process that takes a collaborative approach," Heim said, "and by working together we can build a better community in Blair County.

"Members of the Healthy Blair County Coalition Steering Committee view this as an opportunity to assess and, we hope, impact all aspects of a healthy Blair County. We encourage people from all segments of the community to participate. A healthy Blair County means impacting social, economic, emotional and physical needs of residents and the community itself."

About HBCC
In 2007, the United Way of Blair County and the Blair County Human Services Office invited organizations to collaborate on a community-wide needs assessment. The Blair County Needs Assessment Partnership was formed to provide direction and ongoing support for the project. The ultimate goal of the comprehensive assessment is to identify community assets, identify targeted needs, and develop an action plan to fill those needs. In 2012 the group adopted the name Healthy Blair County Coalition.






July 10, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for August


ALTOONA, July 10, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for August as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.

Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit www.altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

"Joint Replacement: Is Yours Really Necessary?" will be offered Thursday, Aug. 13, Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by program at 6:30. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited to 50.

Join Adrian Clayton, DO, UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics, as he discusses common causes of joint pain, other joint symptoms, diagnosis, and nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. Dr. Clayton specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement and adult joint reconstruction. Time will be allotted for questions.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening is by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 889-2091 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 in the hospital parking garage's Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child's safety seat is installed properly. Your child's life may depend on it.

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to sfsd-pa.com.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Safe Sitter Class will be Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in multipurpose rooms 1 and 2, G Building, on the hospital campus. Fee $25, includes materials, snacks and lunch. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited.

Certified Safe Sitter instructors will prepare adolescents ages 11 to 13 to baby-sit infants and young children in a safe, responsible and competent manner. Participants will learn basic child-care and first-aid skills, keeping a house secure, how to prevent accidents and recognize common signs of illness, and how to rescue a choking child or infant.

Free osteoporosis screenings for men and women are offered by appointment only between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Join Pete Kreckel, pharmacist, for "Medication Management" on Friday, Aug. 21. Lunch at 11 a.m. and program 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (former Value City building next to Planet Fitness). No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Understanding and managing your medications can be overwhelming and confusing. Kreckel, a pharmacist at Thompson Pharmacy on Broad Avenue and adjunct assistant professor at St. Francis University, will discuss the role of the pharmacist in your health care team and provide tips on managing your meds, including when and how to take them, and common medication and supplement interactions and side effects. Ample time for questions.

A six-week series of yoga classes is offered Tuesdays, Aug. 25 through Sept. 29, 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee is $30 for the series. Register now as class is limited to 30. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Yoga mat is needed for all classes. Gail Murphy, registered yoga teacher, leads this program, which offers mind/body exercise, breath control, stretching and strengthening to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on Aug. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Grabill will guide you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. The foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Grabill will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.

On Aug. 27 join George Jabbour, M.D., UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates cardiologist, for "Heart Health: Preventing Heart Disease," as he discusses your risk for heart disease and stroke, and tells you how to stay heart healthy for yourself and your loved ones. Ample time for questions. Light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by program at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited to 45.

A 10-week series, "Real Solutions for Success: Practical Guidance for People Seeking to Lose Pounds and Maintain a Healthy Weight," runs Thursdays, Aug. 27 through Oct. 29, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the Allegheny Room, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital.

Fee of $60, includes workbook and other course materials. Those who attend eight of the 10 sessions and keep food and activity records at least three days per week during the 10 weeks will earn $30 back. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited.

Join UPMC Altoona clinical dietitians Brenda Ridgway, RD, LDN, and Monica-Richers-Kelly, RD, LDN, as they provide practical guidance for people seeking to lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Other goals of this program include helping people stay healthy and manage or help reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Topics include principles of behavior modification, basic facts about weight loss, self-monitoring, mindful eating, realistic goal setting, guidelines for safe and effective physical activity, and creating a supportive environment.






July 2, 2015 - Tips to Keep Your Summer Sizzling, but Safe!


ALTOONA, July 2, 2015 - For many, the Fourth of July is a day of parades, barbeques, pool parties, fireworks and family fun. For many others, the day includes pain and hospital visits. Fireworks are spectacular to watch, but should be handled by professionals only. Decades of tragic experiences prove that fireworks are too dangerous to be used by amateurs. Many injuries from fireworks often occur in young people and all those injuries can be prevented.

"Each year we see many people, especially children and teens, injured around the Fourth of July celebrations. Many of the injuries involve an amputation of a limb or loss of vision," said Matthew Bouchard, M.D., chair of UPMC Altoona Emergency Services. "It should be remembered that no consumer fireworks should ever be considered safe and that all fireworks should be left to the hands of trained professionals."

The UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers want you and your family to be safe this summer and offer these tips.

Fireworks Safety
  • Though they may be popular with kids, sparklers are very dangerous-and are not toys! They may look harmless, but they reach temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees-the same as a blow torch! A temperature this high easily burns skin and can create permanent, devastating injuries.
  • Teach your children that fireworks are explosive devices - DON'T TOUCH! Kids should get an adult if they find an unspent firework. The adult should then notify the local fire or police department. Fireworks injuries can result in blindness, scarring and amputations of fingers and hands.
  • It's just too dangerous to be around fireworks. If you are around someone who wants to use fireworks, leave the area and suggest they go to the public showing instead.
What to do if you are injured:
  • Immediately stop the burning process with clean, cool water and wrap with a clean, dry towel. Do not use ice or apply any ointments.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
This summer safety infographic includes these fireworks safety tips and others about grilling and fire pits.

Additional summer-fun safety tips include the following.

Inflatable Bouncer Safety

There have been many recent news stories about injuries related to inflatable bouncers such as bounce houses and moon walks being picked up and carried away by the wind. They are popular at children's birthday parties and summer carnivals. While they can be a source of fun and entertainment for children, they also can lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones and concussions.

"Bounce houses are a fun activity for children, but require appropriate adult supervision," said Barbara Gaines, M.D., director of trauma and injury prevention at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. "They should always be secured according to manufacturer's specifications, and children should not play in the houses during inclement weather or when there are high winds. Adult supervision is always required, and the number of children playing in the house should be limited. In addition, children in the house should be relatively the same size and weight, and there should be an adult at the entry/exit location."

According to the Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CIPA), the number of injuries associated with inflatable bouncers treated in hospital emergency departments in the U.S. in the past 20 years, has skyrocketed, and now equals more than 30 children a day, or about one child every 45 minutes. CIPA offers these tips:

Injury Prevention Tips
  • Limit bouncer use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Only allow a bouncer to be used when an adult trained on safe bouncer use is present.
  • The safest way to use a bouncer is to have only one child on it at a time.
  • If more than one child will be on the bouncer at the same time, make sure that the children are about the same age and size (weight).
Proper Use
  • Take off shoes, eyeglasses and jewelry and remove all sharp objects from your pockets before entering the bouncer.
  • No rough play, tumbling, wrestling or flips.
  • Stay away from the entrance or exit and the sides or walls of the bouncer while you are inside of it.
  • If the bouncer begins to lose air, stop play and carefully exit the bouncer.
Lightning Safety

Lightning strikes cause hundreds of permanent disabilities each year. Knowing what to do when caught in a storm is crucial to injury prevention.
  • If you have no nearby shelter or vehicles, move from hills or peaks, and get to a level or valley area.
  • Never lie flat on the ground, and do not use a tree or cliff for shelter.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences and power lines, and move away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
  • If you are with a group of people, spread out.
  • Do your best to plan ahead and avoid the storm, and remember, no place outside is safe when storms are in the area!
Summer Water Sports

On hot summer days, there is no better way to cool off, exercise and have fun than to participate in water sports such as waterskiing, diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, surfing, or parasailing. A person may be an expert in the sport, or they may be a novice. Either way, UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers urges every water sport athlete take these safety precautions:
  • Learn how to swim by taking real swimming lessons.
  • While boating or swimming in open water, always wear a life jacket. No matter the person's skill level at the sport or swimming, they need to wear one. If someone is unconscious due to an injury, the life vest will keep them afloat and help them survive.
  • Never go out into the water alone.
  • Watch children constantly. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Children can get into trouble very quickly and generally are not as strong swimmers as adults.
Pool Safety

During the sweltering summer months, nothing feels better than a dip in the pool. But when your child's swimming, are you watching constantly, or do you occasionally run inside for a snack? Young children don't splash or make much noise when in danger in water, so they often drown in silence. In fact, in nearly 9 out of 10 child-drowning deaths, a parent or caregiver claimed to be watching the child. A couple minutes could cause a tragedy. UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers reminds you to be in arm's reach of your child at all times, whether they are in or near the water. If they're a little older, take swimming lessons together. If the pool's at your home, build a fence to separate the pool from the home.

The Dangers of a Heat Stroke

There is a reason that people recommend that strenuous activity take place early in the morning or later in the evening during the hot and humid summer months. Not only can you stay cooler, it could prevent a heat stroke. A heat stroke is life-threatening and can happen quickly, with a person's body temperature rising over 104 degrees. Some ways to avoid heat stroke are:
  • Always drink water or sports drinks before, during and after exercise or sports activities.
  • Take frequent breaks to rehydrate, and drink fluids (except coffee, alcohol, and tea) even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Wear lightweight clothing that can breathe while outdoors.
If you come upon someone that is experiencing symptoms similar to those of a heart attack, such as high body temperature, rapid pulse, confusion and difficulty breathing, they may be suffering from a heat stroke. Get the person to a shady area and apply cool water to the skin. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Lawn Mower Injuries

According to The American Trauma Society, Pa division, 68,000 people suffer lawn mower injuries each year. More than 9,000 of those injuries affect people under 18.
  • While on a riding mower, never allow children to be passengers. Injuries usually involve children falling off someone's lap.
  • Never leave a mower unattended while it's running.
  • Young children should never operate a lawn mower and should be at least 16 before operating a riding mower.
  • Pick up stones and toys and make sure children are away from the lawn before mowing.
  • To protect yourself, always wear sneakers or boots, not sandals. Keep your family safe this summer.
For more information, contact UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Services at 412-232-8375.






June 23, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces $100,000 Donation to Breast Health Center


UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces $100,000 Donation to Breast Health Center
HOLLIDAYSBURG June 23, 2015 — The Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation has donated $100,000 in support of the UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center, located at Station Medical Center.

"This is a very significant contribution by the DeGol family and its foundation to improving the health of area residents through their gift to the UPMC Altoona Foundation," says Tim Balconi, foundation president.

"This gift will support patients' access to breast health services in a meaningful way," says Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

Mr. Murray made the donation announcement during a luncheon held between two flights of 200-plus golfers at the foundation's annual golf tournament.

"I would do anything I can to eliminate cancer," says Denny DeGol, representative of the Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation . "I know it touches so many lives."

Karen Pfeffer, Esq., serves as capital campaign committee chairperson. Pfeffer is a trustee on the UPMC Altoona hospital board and chairs its Medical and Quality Affairs Committee.

At the Breast Health Center, patients receive the full range of advanced diagnosis and treatments for breast cancer and other breast conditions including 3D breast imaging, also known as breast tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis reduces patient recall rates and improves cancer detection, says Lauren Deur, a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with UPMC Altoona Radiology. Dr. Deur is also certified to read digital mammography.

This comprehensive breast care center — unique in Blair County — features Dianna Craig, M.D., FACS, a general surgeon who specializes in breast diseases, an oncology nurse navigator, two board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologists with UPMC Altoona Radiology, and cancer risk assessment and genetics counseling through UPMC's Breast Genetics Telemedicine Program. The Breast Health Center combines state-of-the-art technology with a patient-centered team approach for breast health patients.

PHOTO: Dianna Craig, M.D. (left), a surgeon who specializes in breast diseases at the UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center, accepts a check for $100,000 from the Bruno and Lena DeGol Foundation represented by Denny DeGol (second from left) and his son Anthony DeGol. With them are Karen Pfeffer, Esq., (second from right) capital campaign committee chairperson, and Ann Benzel, representing the UPMC Altoona Foundation board of directors.






June 18, 2015 - Media Alert for Monday, June 22 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces $100,000 Donation


WHO: UPMC Altoona Foundation officials and board members

WHAT: $100,000 donation to UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center

WHEN: 12:15 p.m. Monday, June 22

WHERE: Scotch Valley Country Club DeGol Ballroom during a break in the foundation's annual golf tournament.

WHY: To recognize the generous philanthropy of a local family.






June 18, 2015 - Altoona Native Joins Mainline Medical Associates


Altoona native Larry McAleer II, M.D., now practices with UPMC Altoona Mainline Medical Associates.
ALTOONA, June 18, 2015 — Altoona native Larry McAleer II, M.D., now practices with UPMC Altoona Mainline Medical Associates.

Dr. McAleer is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and completed his residency training at Montana Family Medicine Residency, Billings, Mont.

He is a 1997 graduate of Altoona Area High School and the son of Larry and Linda McAleer. Ms. McAleer is a registered nurse in the UPMC Altoona Cardiac Rehab Department.

Dr. McAleer previously practiced at Lovejoy Health Center, Albion, Maine, and Penn State Hershey Medical Group, State College.






June 16, 2015 - AMED Receives 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Performance Achievement Award

Emergency Service Nominated by UPMC Altoona


AMED Receives 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Performance Achievement Award
ALTOONA, June 16, 2015 — AMED Authority has received the American Heart Association's Mission: LifelineŽ EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who have severe heart attacks.

UPMC Altoona nominated AMED for this quality improvement award.

"AMED Authority is at the forefront of STEMI, or ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, patient care," says Kristen Downs, RN, cardiac coordinator for Quality Management. "They are crucial to ensuring these patients are treated immediately and appropriately. As an EMS agency that delivers education in STEMI identification, provides access to 12-lead EKG machines and develops protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI guideline recommendations, AMED Authority is driving improvements in the care of these critical patients."

The elevated ST segment on an electrocardiogram indicates a large amount of heart muscle damage is occurring. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, which is caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it's critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number don't receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes those emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measure the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the waiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for three months (one quarter) and treated at least four STEMI patients for the year.

"EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of lifesaving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud the AMED Authority for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks."

Photo: Kristen Downs of UPMC Altoona's Quality Management Department, presents an award from the American Heart Association to AMED Authority board members (from left): Tom Farrell, Skip Mattas, Mike Seiler, Ray Hess, Gary Watters, Pat Condrin, and Dick DiAndrea. The award recognizes high quality service to cardiac patients during transport to the hospital.






June 12, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in July


ALTOONA, June 12, 2015 - UPMC Altoona offers the following support group meetings and patient clinics in July as a public service to the community. They are listed alphabetically according to where they are held. Support groups meeting at the hospital, 620 Howard Ave., use the Allegheny and Bedford rooms, and the Rotunda on the 6th floor of the Outpatient Center, and Dining Room A in the Cafeteria on Tower 4.

Alzheimer's Disease Support Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28, Allegheny Room. Call 889-2141.

Bariatric Information Sessions by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates, 5 to 6 p.m. July 15, Rotunda. Pre-registration required. Call 889-7500.

Bariatric Support Group by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates offers education, speakers and support for people who will have or have had bariatric surgery, 6 to 7 p.m. July 1, Rotunda. Call 889-7500.

Breastfeeding Class is offered to expectant parents from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1. Call for room information, 889-2557.

Breastfeeding Support Group is offered at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 22, Bedford Room. Call 889-2557.

The Caregivers Corner Support Group meets at 11:30 a.m. July 2, at Hoss's in Duncansville. Call 889-3123. The Depression and Bipolar Self-Help Group meets at 7 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, Bedford Room. Call 889-2141.

The Parkinson's Support Group meets at 11 a.m. July 27, at Hoss's, at Valley View Boulevard and 7th Street. Call 889-2141.

Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One Through Suicide meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 15, in the conference room in the Access Center, Building C, Blair Medical Center, 501 Howard Ave. (across from UPMC Altoona). Following the loss of a loved one from suicide, individuals can find themselves searching for answers and feeling indescribably alone in their grief. This suicide survivor support group offers a place of understanding. Call 814-889-2141.

The following support groups meet at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue. For the Conference Room, use the K4 entrance next to Fresenius Dialysis. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers convenient parking and a patient drop-off area on the 17th Street side of the building.

The Grief Support Group meets at 6 p.m. July 1 and 15, Conference Room. Call 889-2132.

The Hearing Loss Support Group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 13, Conference Room. Call Leslie at 201-5033 or 949-1905.

La Leche League meets 10 a.m. to noon July 13, Conference Room. Call 934-0466.

The Sleep Apnea Support Group meets at 6 p.m. July 28, Conference Room. Call 889-4466.

The Stroke Support Group meets from noon to 2 p.m. July 14, Conference Room. Call 889-2356.

Wheelchair Clinics will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 14, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Physician referral and appointment required. Call 889-4463.






June 10, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for July


ALTOONA, June 10, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for July as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified. Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

The program Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women is by appointment only between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on July 10 at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11 in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to sfsd-pa.com.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Freedom From Smoking: Become Tobacco Free, seven-week series, will be offered July 14 through 25 at either 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m.

Both daytime and evening classes are held at Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K4 entrance left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

Join Jessica Wyant, prevention educator, as she helps participants learn steps to become tobacco-free. This American Lung Association program offered in conjunction with the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program Inc. will provide you with steps to understand tobacco addiction, create a quit plan, change behavior and thinking about using tobacco, manage stress and weight, and prevent relapse. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges are available to those interested.

For more information, go to www.determinedtoquit.com or call the PA quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Make the decision to quit today! Seating is limited.

"Joint Replacement: Is Yours Really Necessary?" will be presented July 16 by Adrian Clayton, DO, of UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics at the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by program at 6:30. Dr. Clayton will discuss common causes of joint pain and other joint symptoms, diagnosing joint problems, and when surgery may or may not be necessary. Dr. Clayton specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement and adult joint reconstruction. Time will be allotted for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"Leaving Your Comfort Zone: Making Life-Changing Decisions" will be presented July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., including refreshment break, at the Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

Join the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona's Pastoral Care Department as he introduces decision-making grids designed to assist you in considering all of the potential outcomes when making life-changing decisions. The goal will be to help people focus on what needs must be met rather than allowing emotions alone to control the outcome of their choices. Areas to be covered include developing relationships, career changes, seeking happiness, resolving conflict, relocation, etc. Offers 0.2 CEUs.

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service.

Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening is by appointment only between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 21 at the Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 889-2091 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Safe Sitter Class will be July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in multipurpose rooms 1 and 2, G Building, on the hospital campus. Fee $25, includes materials, snacks and lunch. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited.

Certified Safe Sitter instructors will prepare adolescents ages 11 to 13 to baby-sit infants and young children in a safe, responsible and competent manner. Participants will learn basic child-care and first-aid skills, keeping a house secure, how to prevent accidents and recognize common signs of illness, and how to rescue a choking child or infant.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on July 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Join Randy as he guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that the foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Randy will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.






May 26, 2015 - UPMC Community Benefits Total $888 Million for Fiscal Year 2014, Including $49.5 Million Provided by UPMC Altoona


ALTOONA, May 26, 2015 - UPMC provided $888 million in total community benefits during fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014). That amounts to $2.4 million each day for programs and services to improve the health and quality of life of all the communities UPMC serves. UPMC Altoona itself contributed $49.5 million, or more than $135,000 each day.

The complete UPMC 2014 Community Benefits report, including UPMC Altoona specifics, is now available online at www.upmc.com. UPMC's $888 million in total community benefits includes:
  • $346 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor
  • $345 million toward research and education
  • $197 million in community health programs and contributions
The $888 million is more than 15 percent of UPMC's net patient revenue as UPMC continues to provide more care to the most underserved areas than any other health care institution in the region.

Included in UPMC Altoona's $49.5 million total community benefits in 2014 was $25.1 million in free and reduced-cost care for community members in need.

UPMC Altoona's Partnership for a Healthy Community through Partnering for Health Services and James Barner Community Dental Clinics helps provide care for the uninsured and underinsured. The partnership enhances the medical and dental health of individuals in Blair County and sponsors other community efforts targeted at improving the health status of the community.

"UPMC Altoona is Blair County's largest employer with more than 2,600 employees," said Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, "Through our hospital operations, we strengthen the local economy with a $562.5 million total economic impact."

"As a tertiary hospital, we offer an array of specialized programs and services. We also teach tomorrow's health professionals through a family medicine residency program, a medical technologist school and relationships with area universities to provide hands-on training to future registered nurses, physical therapists and radiology technologists, " Murray added.
  • UPMC Altoona maintains a level II adult trauma center, providing comprehensive care for the most severely injured.
  • The hospital's Primary Stroke Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for long-term adherence to providing the highest level of quality care.
  • UPMC Altoona cares for the behavioral health of the region through its inpatient facility. The hospital also offers outpatient therapy, including a 24-hour crisis center, school programs and family-based drug and alcohol treatment.
  • The hospital invested $2.3 million in a state-of-the-art, fully integrated operating room primarily used for complex neurosurgery cases.
  • UPMC Altoona's medical mall brings outpatient services closer to patients by providing state-of-the-art diagnostic neurology testing, digital mammography, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation services.
"In addition to advancing UPMC's world-class clinical care to our area, UPMC Altoona touches thousands of lives each year through free community health screening and education events, support groups, self-help programs, donations and more. We more committed more than ever to the health of our local communities," Murray said.






May 16, 2015 - UPMC Patients Alerted to Billing Company's Data Theft


ALTOONA, May 16, 2015 - Because of a data theft at an outside medical billing company, about 2,200 people treated at various UPMC emergency departments are being notified in writing that their records may have been illegally disclosed by an employee of Medical Management LLC. MML and its affiliates provide billing services to health care providers throughout the United States, including to UPMC's physician group Emergency Resource Management Inc.

MML recently informed UPMC and numerous other health care providers of the theft after federal law enforcement agencies notified MML of a criminal investigation into the incident. A call center employee —since terminated by MML —has been identified as being responsible for copying certain items of personal information from the billing system over the past two years and then illegally disclosing that information to a third party.

The personal information that was accessed and potentially compromised includes names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. There is no evidence that information about medical histories or treatments was disclosed.

UPMC worked with MML to investigate this data breach and has independently reported this matter to the appropriate federal and state authorities. MML has secured the services of Kroll Inc. to provide identity theft protection at no cost to affected patients for one year.

"We apologize for any anxiety or inconvenience that this incident may cause for our patients. We hold our vendors to the same high privacy standards that we have for ourselves. Based upon the ongoing investigation, we will make whatever changes might be necessary to further enhance our already stringent privacy protections, especially those that apply to our business partners," said John Houston, UPMC's vice president of privacy and information security.

MML is sending letters to patients whose information may have been stolen in this incident. Affected patients who received letters and have any questions should contact Kroll Inc. at 1-855-330-6364, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT or check UPMC.com for additional privacy resources.






May 15, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists


ALTOONA, May 15, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Laboratory Services received accreditation from The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.

Mushtaq Khalid, MD, facility medical director, congratulates the Laboratory staff for the excellence of the services provided. UPMC Altoona Department of Laboratory Services joins more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP accreditation program as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.






May 15, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists


ALTOONA, May 15, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Laboratory Services received accreditation from The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.

Mushtaq Khalid, MD, facility medical director, congratulates the Laboratory staff for the excellence of the services provided. UPMC Altoona Department of Laboratory Services joins more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP accreditation program as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.






May 12, 2015 - Integrated Patient eRecord Helps UPMC Altoona Clinicians Coordinate, Improve Care


ALTOONA, May 12, 2015 - UPMC Altoona recently converted its documentation and medication systems to eRecord, a fully integrated electronic patient record system for inpatient services.

eRecord will provide real-time data to enhance the quality, safety and timeliness of care.

Other benefits include:
  • One central patient record that is easily updated and accessible across clinical departments
  • Improved efficiency when critical health decisions need to be made
  • Enhancement of the patient's experience by providing better access to health information via a patient portal (MyUPMC.com)
Other medical record and most paper documentation were eliminated and replaced with eRecord applications. The changes affect registration, documentation, and medication dispensing and delivery. Expert users from other UPMC hospitals and information technology staff have been onsite for several weeks to help physicians and staff through the transition.

As a result of the conversion, communication among UPMC Altoona and other UPMC providers, including physician offices and specialty practices, will be significantly improved.






May 12, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for June


Let's Move Blair County
ALTOONA, May 12, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for June as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.

Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit www.altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13 in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to www.sfsd-pa.com.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. June 12 in the hospital parking garage's Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child's safety seat is installed properly. Your child's life may depend on it.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening is by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 2 at Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 229-2091 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

The program Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women is by appointment only between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on June 12 at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on June 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Join Randy as he guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that the foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Randy will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.

"Colon Concerns" will be presented June 1, by Howard Black, MD, board-certified colon and rectal surgeon with UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and the program is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City Building). Dr. Black will discuss the diagnosis, treatment options and prevention of common issues related to the colon, including irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, polyps and cancer. Ample time for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"What You Need to Know About Joint Pain" will be presented June 18 by Adrian Clayton, DO, of UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopedics at the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by program at 6:30. Dr. Clayton will discuss common causes of joint pain and other joint symptoms, diagnosing joint problems, and when surgery may or may not be necessary. Dr. Clayton specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement and adult joint reconstruction. Time will be allotted for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Safe Sitter Class will be June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in multipurpose rooms 1 and 2, G Building, on the hospital campus. Fee $25, includes materials, snacks and lunch. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited.

Certified Safe Sitter instructors will prepare adolescents ages 11 to 13 to baby-sit infants and young children in a safe, responsible and competent manner. Participants will learn basic child-care and first-aid skills, keeping a house secure, how to prevent accidents and recognize common signs of illness, and how to rescue a choking child or infant.

Join the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona's Pastoral Care Department as he provides the tools to manage anger. This seminar will focus on three different phases of anger management: 1. Managing my own anger before it takes control of me. 2. Slowing the anger of others, not allowing it to control me. 3. Helping children manage their anger.

Tools and guidelines will be offered to provide students with proper ways to vent anger and bring about positive results instead of regrets. This program was taught in Blair County Prison, Bedford County Prison and Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Offers 0.2 CEUs.

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service.

Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.






May 6, 2015 - UPMC Altoona and Station Medical Center Host Women's Health and Wellness Day May 13


ALTOONA, May 6, 2015 - Women's Health and Wellness Day is set for Wednesday, May 13 at the Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue.

This annual event for women of all ages is sponsored by UPMC Altoona and Station Medical Center. Osteoporosis screenings, blood pressure checks, breastfeeding information, stress management, healthy nutrition and the importance of protein and other wellness-related services will be offered by more than 25 providers from UPMC Altoona and the community. The wellness fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

"This is the fourth annual event and its goal is to assist local women more easily access wellness and prevention information," says Dana Shade, UPMC Altoona community education coordinator. "This event provides women with the opportunity to obtain screenings and serves as a convenient, one-stop shop for important health information. Women will learn what steps they can take now to protect their health later. Stop by for valuable information for you and your loved ones on various women's health issues, for door prizes, and more."

UPMC Altoona departments offering information and topics are:
  • Radiology - Imaging and mammography
  • HealthForce - Women/family vaccines
  • Sleep Center - Women and sleep disorders
  • Diana Craig, M.D. - Women's breast issues
  • Respiratory - anti-smoking/tobacco/nicotine
  • Behavioral Health - stress management, Alzheimer's and Parkinson support group
  • Maternity/Lactation services - breastfeeding
  • UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Dietitian - Healthy nutrition/importance of protein
Community agencies and businesses:
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
  • Merrill Lynch - Financial wellness
  • Blair Senior Services - Volunteer opportunities, information on services
  • Senior CARE Altoona Center for Nursing Care - caregiver stress
  • CONTACT Altoona - Helpline services, Reassurance Program, PA 211, volunteer opportunities
  • Stella and Dot - Jewelry





April 23, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Honors Donors, Recipients During Donate Life Month


What: Donate Life Month is an annual commemoration of organ donors and the recipients they have helped. UPMC Altoona will celebrate recipients and spread awareness of the importance of signing up to become an organ donor beginning with a Donate Life flag-raising, followed by a series of events designed to honor organ donors.

When: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28

Where: Flagpole in front of UPMC Altoona, 620 Howard Ave.

Who: UPMC hospital leadership, transplant surgeons and nurses, organ donor families and transplant recipients. Open to the public.

Why: More than 123,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant, and at least 18 will die each day without receiving one. Each organ and tissue donor has the potential to save eight lives and help more than 50 people.

UPMC is pleased to join the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and organ procurement organizations throughout the country to commemorate National Donate Life Month. Throughout April, CORE is encouraging people to make the Pledge for Life and register to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor.

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about making the Pledge for Life to become a donor. To sign up, visit www.donatelifepa.org.

Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:
  • Anyone can be a donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • More than 8,800 patients in Pennsylvania are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Thousands of others could benefit from life-enhancing tissue transplants.
  • At least 100,000 people across the nation are awaiting a kidney - the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.
  • Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension often are more prevalent in the multicultural community, these individuals make up more than 50 percent of those on the national organ transplant list.





April 21, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Announces Golf Classic For June 22


ALTOONA, April 21, 2015 — Golfer registration is under way for the UPMC Altoona Foundation annual Golf Classic, a four-person scramble, on June 22 at Scotch Valley Country Club, Altoona.

For information and registration visit UPMC Altoona Foundation 2015 Golf Classic.

The morning session begins with breakfast and registration from 7-8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. A lunch for morning and afternoon golfers is from noon to 1 p.m. Hoss's Steak and Sea House is the meal sponsor, featuring charbroiled steaks. The afternoon round of golf begins with registration at 1 and a shotgun start at 1:30.

Awards will be presented at 5:30 and include prizes for:
  • Closest to the pin
  • Longest drive (men and women)
  • Longest putt
  • And more.
A golfer who gets a hole-in-one wins a car from Stuckey Ford/Stuckey Subaru, the hole-in-one sponsor.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are being offered. Sponsorship opportunities of $1,500 bronze level and above include four-person team entry, luncheon and various sponsor recognitions.

Cost for an individual golfer is $150 and includes greens fees, cart and luncheon. For more information, call Michelle Dodson at 889-6406.

"We anticipate this being the largest golf classic ever," says Tim Balconi, president, UPMC Altoona Foundation. "We expect a field of 220 golfers in two flights to participate. When you contribute to the UPMC Altoona Foundation, you help UPMC Altoona's mission of providing all people in the community with access to exceptional health care. From clinical programs to advanced medical technology to community outreach - your gift makes a profound difference for the entire community."






April 14, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for May


ALTOONA, April 14, 2015 — UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for May as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.

Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building.
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit www.altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance, and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 9, in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center, at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to www.sfsd-pa.com.

For anyone who has not taken the eight-hour course, the class will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, in the Rotunda. Must attend both sessions.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road, and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 8, in the hospital parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child's safety seat is installed properly. Your child's life may depend on it.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening is by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 5, at Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 229-2091 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women is by appointment only, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on May 8, at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on May 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Join Randy, as he guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that the foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Randy will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.

May is Stroke Month. UPMC Altoona's Stroke Team will perform a blood pressure screening and provide stroke prevention information before "Straight Talk About Aneurysms." If you aren't registered for the program, you can still stop by the on May 15 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and have your blood pressure taken.

"Straight Talk About Aneurysms" will be presented on May 15, by Aurthur DeMarsico, DO, medical director of UPMC Altoona's Heart and Vascular Institute. Aneurysms are weak bulges in blood vessels similar to a bulge in an inner tube or thin balloon. They tend to form where an artery divides or branches off. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and the program is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City Building). Dr. DeMarsico will cover risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Ample time for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"Building Self-Esteem in Children" will be presented May 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., including refreshment break, at the Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at People's Natural Gas Field. Join us for fun, music, exercise demonstrations, health screenings, and health information as you learn more about taking control of your health and how to make fitness part of your life at this year's National Senior Health and Fitness Day. No fee and no need to register. Just show up between 10 and 1 and have fun!

Women's Health and Wellness Fair is May 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Station Medical Center. This fair will feature information on various women's health issues, as well as screenings, door prizes, and more. Drop by to pick up valuable information for you and your loved ones.

Djembe Drum Class is a six-week series from May 26 through June 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Magee Lecture Hall 5th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $60. Registration required. Class size limited.

Djembe Drum Class is a workshop course on drumming. Whether you are a drummer or not, this class will help participants develop the needed skills to play the Djembe drum with joy. Instructors are Mlen-Too Wesley and Pam Wales, BSN, RN. Dr. Wesley is a Pastoral Care team member at UPMC Altoona. Pam is a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona. Please bring your own Djembe drum. A limited number of drums are available for those who do not have them.

Join the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona's Pastoral Care Department as he provides the tools to manage anger. This seminar will focus on three different phases of anger management: 1. Managing my own anger before it takes control of me. 2. Slowing the anger of others, not allowing it to control me. 3. Helping children manage their anger.

Tools and guidelines will be offered to provide students with proper ways to vent anger and bring about positive results instead of regrets. This program was taught in Blair County Prison, Bedford County Prison, and Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Offers 0.2 CEUs.

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service.

Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"Healthy Breast Care for Women" will be presented on May 28, by Dianna Craig MD, FACS, of UPMC Altoona's Breast Health Center, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast disease. She will discuss common breast care findings, tests, and treatment to maintain healthy breasts. Light dinner is at 6 p.m. and the program is 6:30 p.m. at Rotunda, 6th floor. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited to 50.

Caregiver's Conference will be held May 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. No fee. Registration required by calling 889-3123.

This spring we will explore financial and legal issues as you enjoy conversation with other caregivers who may share many of the issues you face. We hope you will join us for education door prices, and a delicious lunch compliments of HealthSouth.

The conference is a project of the Geriatric Interest Network of Blair County Region. Space is limited and open to unpaid caregivers of older adults on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations must be made by May 20.






April 14, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in May


ALTOONA, April 14, 2015 — UPMC Altoona offers the following support group meetings and patient clinics in May as a public service to the community. They are listed alphabetically according to where they are held.

Support groups meeting at the hospital, 620 Howard Ave., use the Allegheny and Bedford rooms, and the Rotunda on the 6th floor of the Outpatient Center, and Dining Room A in the Cafeteria on Tower 4.

Alzheimer's Disease Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 26, Allegheny Room. Speaker Brenda Ridgway, RDN, LDN, clinical nutrition manager at UPMC Altoona, on "Brain Healthy Foods." Call 889-2141.

Bariatric Information Sessions by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates, 5 to 6 p.m. May 20, Rotunda. Pre-registration required. Call 889-7500.

Bariatric Support Group by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates offers education, speakers and support for people who will have or have had bariatric surgery, 6 to 7 p.m. May 6, Rotunda. Call 889-7500.

Breastfeeding Class is offered to expectant parents from 6 to 8 p.m. May 6. Call for room information, 889-2557.

Breastfeeding Support Group is offered at 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 27, Bedford Room. Call 889-2557.

The Caregivers Corner Support Group meets at 11:30 a.m. May 7 at Hoss's in Duncansville. Call 889-3123.

The Depression and Bipolar Self-Help Group meets at 7 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27, Bedford Room. Call 889-2141.

The Ostomy Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17, Rotunda. Call 943-3782.

Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One Through Suicide meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 in the conference room in the Access Center, Building C, Blair Medical Center, 501 Howard Ave. (across from UPMC Altoona). Following the loss of a loved one from suicide, individuals can find themselves searching for answers and feeling indescribably alone in their grief. This suicide survivor support group offers a place of understanding. Call 814-889-2141.

The following support groups meet at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue. For the Conference Room, use the K4 entrance next to Fresenius Dialysis. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers convenient parking and a patient drop-off area on the 17th Street side of the building.

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 7, Conference Room. Call Becky at 935-3738.

The Grief Support Group meets at 6 p.m. May 6 and 20, Conference Room. Call 889-2132.

The Hearing Loss Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 12, Conference Room. Call Leslie at 201-5033 or 949-1905.

La Leche League meets 10 a.m. to noon May 11, Conference Room. Call 934-0466.

The Sleep Apnea Support Group meets at 6 p.m. May 26, Conference Room. Call 889-4466.

The Stroke Support Group meets from noon to 2 p.m. May 12, Conference Room. Call 889-2356.

Wheelchair Clinics will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 12, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Physician referral and appointment required. Call 889-4463.






April 13, 2015 - 'Creating Wellness' Theme of May Is Mental Health Month Program


ALTOONA, April 13, 2015 — The Blair County May Is Mental Health Month Committee presents "8-8-8 Time to Feel Great," a wellness program, Wednesday, May 13, at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, 1421 12th Ave., Altoona. Professional continuing education credits are available.

The May is Mental Health Month conference is open to the public and behavioral health professionals. Featured presenter is Chuck Sallows, a recreational therapist at Penn Highlands DuBois Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit. A motivational speaker, Sallows incorporates how a well-rounded day of 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work and 8 hours of recreation promotes wellness.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 and is expected to end about 8:30. For the first hour, attendees can visit representatives from different agencies to learn what help and services are available locally. Special "hands-on" tables will be available for those who wish to "practice" relaxing and enriching activities.

Nationally, May is designated as Mental Health Month to decrease the stigma society attaches to mental illnesses. Locally for 19 years, a group of mental health service organizations have presented programs designed to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of mental health-related subjects.

Joseph Antonowicz, M.D., medical director of UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services, will explain the importance of life balance and incorporating recreation.

Keynote speaker Chuck Sallows will speak about how emotions, thoughts and attitudes affect the energy, productivity and overall health of everyone - not just those with mental illnesses.

"Good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday hassles and more serious crises and challenges," he says.

In his 16 years of experience as a recreational therapist, Sallows has worked with diverse people of all ages in skilled-nursing homes, group homes, physical rehabilitation, state facilities, partial hospitalization programs and inpatient psychiatric settings.

An advocate for healthy living and recreational therapy, he has developed activities, educational plans, motivational and outreach programs throughout the area.






April 10, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Celebrates Volunteers


ALTOONA, April 10, 2015 — More than 475 volunteers at UPMC Altoona gave 81,667 hours of their time in 2014.

UPMC Altoona will celebrate these hardworking people the week of April 12-18, National Volunteer Week. Volunteers, who range in age from 14 to 96, are recognizable by their blue jackets and "Volunteer" badges. They greet anyone entering the hospital or Station Medical Center (SMC) and provide assistance, directions and escorts. They answer phones, assemble charts, discharge patients, stuff envelopes and help with filing and paperwork. They clean wheelchairs, knit baby hats, deliver meals, transfer patients and deliver charts and lab specimens.

Friends, the auxiliary volunteer group, raises money to support the unbudgeted needs of hospital departments through fundraisers and the operating and staffing of the UPMC Altoona and SMC gift shops.

Volunteers are appreciated year-round, but one week each year is set aside as a reminder to truly recognize and celebrate their hard work. Throughout the week, Volunteer Services will provide refreshments for volunteers, and each will receive a small thank-you gift. Award pins will be given to volunteers reaching milestones in hours served; the highest milestone for this year is 22,000 hours by Virginia Socey.






April 10, 2015 - National Donate Life Month Activities at UPMC Altoona


ALTOONA, April 10, 2015 — April is National Donate Life Month. UPMC Altoona is taking part in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

Events will take place April through August to celebrate recipients and spread awareness of the importance of signing up to become an organ donor.

On Friday, April 24, staff from the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) will be at UPMC Altoona to share information about organ donation at a table outside the hospital Cafeteria.

UPMC Altoona will hold a flag-raising ceremony to honor those who have given the gift of life on Tuesday, April 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the hospital.

In Pennsylvania, approximately 8,500 people are waiting for a transplant, while nationally more than 120,000 are on the waiting list.

UPMC Altoona in 2014 provided 33 lifesaving transplants from organs and tissue, 58 cornea transplants providing the gift of sight, and more than 1,900 life-enhancing tissue transplants.

Additionally, countless individuals may someday benefit from organs and tissues recovered for research.






April 8, 2015 - Local Executive Recertifies Health Care Management Credential


Altoonan Ronald McConnell, FACHE, chief operating officer of UPMC Altoona
ALTOONA, April 8, 2015 — Altoonan Ronald McConnell, FACHE, chief operating officer of UPMC Altoona, recently became recertified as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 9,100 health care executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement.

"The health care management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our community, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important," says Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "By earning the distinction of board recertification from ACHE, health care leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and community."






April 3, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Sets Earth Day Activities


WHAT: UPMC Altoona Earth Day activities

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Hospital atrium, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona, and UPMC Altoona at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue

WHO: Sponsored by UPMC Altoona Green Team, a diverse committee comprised of UPMC Altoona employees; Stericycle, the hospital's consultant on green initiatives, and Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG

Representatives attending: Blair County Conservation District, Penn Electric (a branch of GPU), Blair County Recycling, Green Home Goods Home Improvements, Little Juanita River Association, Solar Power

WHY: UPMC Altoona Green Team encourages employees and the community to support UPMC's efforts to protect the environment.






March 31, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center


ALTOONA, March 31, 2015 - UPMC Altoona has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that transforms cardiovascular care by helping facilities create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UPMC Altoona engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by UPMC Altoona, this means processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
Hospitals with SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation, as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the health care system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," says Kristen Downs, BSN, RN, RN cardiac coordinator in UPMC Altoona's Quality Management Department. "The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don't realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient."

UPMC Altoona's state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, emergency medical system, emergency department, cath lab, UPMC Altoona's observation services, quality management, and various community outreach programs.

"By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center," says Jerry Murray, UPMC Altoona president, "UPMC Altoona has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards."

Participants at the news conference:
  • Jerry Murray, president, UPMC Altoona and Bedford Memorial
  • Linnane Batzel, M.D., senior vice president of Quality/ Medical Affairs
  • George Jabbour, M.D., UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Cardiology, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at UPMC Altoona and physician champion of the Chest Pain Center
  • Matthew Bouchard, M.D., chairman of UPMC Altoona Emergency Services and medical director of the Chest Pain Center
  • Kristen Downs, RN cardiac coordinator, UPMC Altoona's Quality Management Department
  • Ron McConnell, chief operating officer, UPMC Altoona
  • Chris Rickens, senior vice president and chief nursing officer






March 24, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Names Two to Patient Experience Team


Sarah Carruthers - UPMC Altoona Patient Experience Team

Karee Saylor - UPMC Altoona Patient Experience Team
ALTOONA, March 13, 2015 — UPMC Altoona has created a Patient Experience team. Staff members are Sarah Carruthers and Karee Saylor, both of Altoona.

Patient Experience is a systemwide department with UPMC but is new to UPMC Altoona. Patient Experience's goal is to create a lasting first and final impression of UPMC Altoona. The team will be observing and rounding on patients, and assisting and supporting employees with issues/concerns.

Carruthers (photo top) is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has been with the hospital since 2012, formerly working as office manager in the IT department.

Saylor is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Public Relations. She has been with the hospital since 1999, most recently working as greeter coordinator at Station Medical Center.






March 20, 2015 - Medical Intensive Care Recognized for Zero Infection Rate in Central Lines for More Than Six Months


ALTOONA, March 20, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Medical Intensive Care Unit earned a UPMC Certificate of Recognition for superior quality nursing care which prevented bloodstream infections in all their patients who had a central intravenous line. No infections were reported for more than six months.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit cares for critically ill patients, who typically have at least one central line and, sometimes, as many as three. A central intravenous line is a catheter (a silicon tube) placed in the large veins in the neck, chest or groin. It delivers various medications into the bloodstream, provides access to obtain blood samples to test for oxygen saturation, and monitors the body's internal venous pressure.

While medically necessary, these catheters pose the potential risk of carrying infection into the bloodstream and causing significant complications. During the past decade, quality measures put in place reduce this risk.

Nurse Manager Irene Rubus, MSN, RN, CCRN, congratulated her staff and recognized them with a party March 17. The recognition certificate is signed by Tami Minnier, chief quality officer for UPMC.

"We have a high patient volume so going more than six months with zero infections is quite a big achievement," she said.








March 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in April


ALTOONA, March 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona offers the following support group meetings and patient clinics in April as a public service to the community. They are listed alphabetically according to where they are held.

Support groups meeting at the hospital, 620 Howard Ave., use the Allegheny and Bedford rooms, and the Rotunda on the 6th floor of the Outpatient Center, and Dining Room A in the Cafeteria on Tower 4.

Alzheimer's Disease Support Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 28, Allegheny Room. Speaker Joseph Clark, M.D., UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Neurology. Call 889-2141.

Bariatric Information Sessions by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates, 5 to 6 p.m. April 15, Rotunda. Pre-registration required. Call 889-7500.

Bariatric Support Group by UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates offers education, speakers and support for people who will have or have had bariatric surgery, 6 to 7 p.m. April 1, Rotunda. Call 889-7500.

Breastfeeding Class is offered to expectant parents from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1. Call for room information, 889-2557.

Breastfeeding Support Group is offered 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22, Bedford Room. Call 889-2557.

The Caregivers Corner Support Group meets at 11:30 a.m. April 2, at Hoss's in Duncansville. Call 889-3123.

The Depression and Bipolar Self-Help Group meets at 7 p.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, Bedford Room. Call 889-2141.

The Ostomy Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. April 19, Rotunda. Call 943-3782.

The Parkinson's Support Group meets at 11 a.m. April 27, at Hoss's, at Valley View Boulevard and 7th Street. Speaker Joseph Clark, M.D., UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Neurology. Call 889-2141.

Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One Through Suicide meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 15, in the conference room in the Access Center, Building C, Blair Medical Center, 501 Howard Ave. (across from UPMC Altoona). Following the loss of a loved one from suicide, individuals can find themselves searching for answers and feeling indescribably alone in their grief. This suicide survivor support group offers a place of understanding. Call 814-889-2141.

The following support groups meet at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue. For the Conference Room, use the K4 entrance next to Fresenius Dialysis. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers convenient parking and a patient drop-off area on the 17th Street side of the building.

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 2, Conference Room. Call Becky at 935-3738.

The Grief Support Group meets at 6 p.m. April 1 and 15, Conference Room. Call 889-2132.

The Hearing Loss Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 14, Conference Room. Call Leslie at 201-5033 or 949-1905.

La Leche League meets 10 a.m. to noon April 13, Conference Room. Call 934-0466.

The Stroke Support Group meets from noon to 2 p.m. April 14, Conference Room. Call 889-2356.

Wheelchair Clinics will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 14, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Physician referral and appointment required. Call 889-4463.






March 13, 2015 - Ophthalmologist Receives Recertification from American Board of Ophthalmology


ALTOONA, March 13, 2015 — U. Fusun Cardakli, M.D., a member of the UPMC Altoona medical staff, has been recertified by the American Board of Ophthalmology through Dec. 31, 2024.

She is affiliated with EyeDoc Associates, 501 Howard Ave., Suite F3, Altoona.






March 13, 2015 - Shehnaz Mohsin, M.D., FHM, Receives Fellow Designation


Shehnaz Mohsin, M.D., FHM, Receives Fellow Designation
ALTOONA, March 13, 2015 — Shehnaz Mohsin, M.D., a hospitalist at UPMC Altoona, has received the fellow in hospital medicine (FHM) designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine.

To earn the FHM designation, a candidate must meet diverse criteria, including being a hospitalist for five years, demonstrating dedication to quality and process improvement, illustrating commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, and active engagement in lifelong learning and education.

Dr. Mohsin is one of 167 fellows in hospital medicine in the class of 2015, which will be inducted March 31 in National Harbor, Md.






March 13, 2015 - Thomas M. Mextorf, D.O., Receives Recertification as a Certified Medical Director


Thomas M. Mextorf, D.O., Receives Recertification as a Certified Medical Director
ALTOONA, March 13, 2015 — Thomas M. Mextorf, D.O., a family physician with UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates, has received recertification from the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) as a Certified Medical Director (CMD).

The CMD credential recognizes the dual clinical and managerial role of the medical director and requires indicators of competence in clinical medicine and medical management in post-acute and long-term care settings.

Established in 1978, AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, is dedicated to excellence in patient care and provides education, advocacy, information and professional development to promote the delivery of quality post-acute acre and long-term care medicine.






March 9, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for April


ALTOONA, March 9, 2015 — UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for April as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.

Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building.
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance, and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

Yoga will be held by Gail Murphy, registered yoga teacher, leads this five-week series Tuesdays, April 21 through May 26, 5:30-6:40 p.m. in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Yoga offers mind/body exercise, breath control, stretching and strengthening to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Fee $25. Register now as class is limited to 30. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Yoga mat is needed for all classes.

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 11, in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to www.sfsd-pa.com.

For anyone who has not taken the eight-hour course, the class will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, in the Rotunda. Must attend both sessions.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 10 in the hospital parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child's safety seat is installed properly. Your child's life may depend on it.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening is by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 7, at the Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 229-2091 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women is by appointment only, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on April 10 at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on April 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Join Randy, as he guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that the foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Randy will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.

"Breaking Out of Hibernation: Let's Get Active!" will be presented on April 16 by Donald Beckstead, M.D., program director of Altoona Family Physicians. He will explain the importance of exercise to our bodies and tell us proper ways to get moving and stay active for better health. Light dinner is at 6 p.m. and the program is 6:30 p.m. at the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size limited to 50.

"Who Will Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself?" will be presented on April 30 by Vicki Wertz, attorney and member of UPMC Altoona's Ethics Committee. She will discuss the importance of making your health care wishes known to your loved ones. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and the program is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City Building). Ms. Wertz will cover the considerations involved, naming a substitute decision-maker and how to go about putting it in writing. Ample time for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"Anger Management" will be presented April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., including refreshment break, at the Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

Join the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona's Pastoral Care Department as he provides the tools to manage anger. This seminar will focus on three different phases of anger management: 1. Managing my own anger before it takes control of me. 2. Slowing the anger of others, not allowing it to control me. 3. Helping children manage their anger.

Tools and guidelines will be offered to provide students with proper ways to vent anger and bring about positive results instead of regrets. This program was taught in Blair County Prison, Bedford County Prison and Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Offers 0.2 CEUs.

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service.

Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

National Health Care Decisions Day will be marked at UPMC Altoona on April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are 18 or older and don't have a living will or durable medical power of attorney, stop by the main lobby of the hospital. UPMC Altoona's Case Management Department is participating in a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations to ensure that adults with decision-making capacity have information and an opportunity to communicate their personal health care decisions. Pennsylvania advance medical directive forms and other information will be available. Make your health care wishes known by beginning the conversation.






February 27, 2015 - New HR Director Named for UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial


 Michele Scanlan of Ebensburg has been promoted to Human Resources director of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford
ALTOONA, Feb. 27, 2015 — Michele Scanlan of Ebensburg has been promoted to Human Resources director of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford. Michele has served as director of Human Resources at Home Nursing Agency since 2002 and has been a key HR partner in its integration into UPMC Community Provider Services.

Scanlan's previous experience working at Altoona Hospital for 12 years (1988-2000) will also be extremely valuable as integration of all hospital staff, physicians, and physician practice employees into UPMC continues.

She holds a master's degree from St. Francis University in Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations as well as a bachelor's degree in Human Resources from Geneva College. She has extensive teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at Penn State Altoona and Mount Aloysius College; is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute, and has been an invited HR speaker on a state and national level with the National Association of Home Care and Hospice, the Visiting Nurse Association, Decision Health, PA Hospice Network, and the Press Ganey Annual Client Conference.






February 27, 2015 - Fellowship-Trained Trauma/Critical Care Surgeon Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff


UPMC Altoona welcomes A. Tyler Putnam, II, M.D. to the medical staff in the department of Surgery, clinical services of General Surgery and Trauma/Surgical Critical Care.
ALTOONA, Feb. 27, 2015 — UPMC Altoona welcomes A. Tyler Putnam, II, M.D. to the medical staff in the department of Surgery, clinical services of General Surgery and Trauma/Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Putnam is affiliated with UPMC Altoona Trauma/Emergency General Surgery.

He is board-certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Putnam received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Texas.

He received fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center.






February 26, 2015 - Tickets on Sale for Women's Night Out Event


Enjoy dinner and laughter with speaker Lisa Smartt
ALTOONA, Feb. 26, 2015 — Tickets are on sale now for the UPMC Altoona Healthy Living Club Women's Night Out on Thursday, April 23, at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

Enjoy dinner and laughter with speaker Lisa Smartt, who is back by popular demand with all new material. Plan to laugh out loud at the confessions of the "Queen of Imperfection."

The night also features a jewelry fundraiser.

Dinner is at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Call 889-2630 for a form to register by mail, or you can register online.

Lisa is a 47-year-old who loves to laugh! Born in a small town in western Kentucky, she now writes a weekly humor column from her home outside Dresden, Tenn. She lives on 16 wooded acres with her husband of 22 years, two sons (who sometimes fight), and four male cats who desperately need Prozac. She's written two books, "The Smartt View 1: Life, Love, and Cluttered Closets" and "The Smartt View 2: Life in Progress."






February 25, 2015 - AABB Accredits UPMC Altoona Blood Bank Services


ALTOONA, Feb. 25, 2015 — AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks, has accredited UPMC Altoona's Blood Bank, according to Joe Pufka, administrative director of UPMC Altoona Laboratory Services.

The accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance meets or exceeds national standards. AABB's accreditation procedures are voluntary and desired because it demonstrates excellence that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.

Accreditation contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. AABB's assessment shows compliance with AABB standards, Code of Federal Regulations and other federal guidance documents.






February 23, 2015 - Mario Wilfong Named Regional Chief Financial Officer for UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Altoona


Mario Wilfong Named Regional Chief Financial Officer for UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Altoona
ALTOONA, Feb. 23, 2015 — Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, is pleased to announce that Mario Wilfong, vice president of Finance and Administration at UPMC Bedford Memorial since 2011, has been named regional chief financial officer for UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Altoona.

Over the past year, Wilfong has been instrumental with the integration of UPMC Altoona finance procedures into UPMC's. In his new role, Mario will oversee all fiscal matters related to the two hospitals as fiscal services are regionalized and aligned with UPMC in Pittsburgh.

Mario started with UPMC in 2002 as controller and compliance officer at UPMC Lee in Johnstown and moved to UPMC Bedford in 2005 in positions of increasing administrative responsibility, including responsibility for UPMC's physician practices in the Bedford area.

Prior to joining UPMC, he was a manager in the Health Care Regulatory Group at Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), providing health care consulting and financial forecasting / analysis services to providers across the continuum of care including insurers, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities, with particular emphasis in hospital operations.

Wilfong is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor of arts degree in economics, with concentrations in accounting and finance, from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and an MBA from Saint Francis University, Loretto.






February 23, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Achieves Accreditation as Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery


ALTOONA, Feb. 23, 2015 — UPMC Altoona has achieved accreditation as a Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery.

The American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery states that UPMC Altoona demonstrated that its center meets the needs of patients by providing multidisciplinary, high quality, patient-centered care. The accreditation status formally acknowledges UPMC Altoona's commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and safety for the metabolic and bariatric surgery patient.

The accreditation is effective through Nov. 14, 2017.

The announcement was made by Matthew Newlin, M.D., FACS, director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at UPMC Altoona.






February 20, 2015 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for March


ALTOONA, Feb. 20, 2015 — UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for March as a community service. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.

Most classes are held at:
  • Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building.
  • The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
  • Station Medical Center, 17th Street and 9th Avenue
For more information, visit www.altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you!

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening is offered by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Vascular Institute, 3rd floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital.

No fee. Call 889-2005 or 1-877-855-8152 to schedule your appointment.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult but may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, technical director of UPMC Altoona's Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Gail Murphy, registered yoga teacher, leads this six-week series Tuesdays, March 10 through April 14, 5:30-6:40 p.m. in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Yoga offers mind/body exercise, breath control, stretching, and strengthening to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Fee $30. Register now as class is limited to 30. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Yoga mat is needed for all classes.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, in the hospital parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child's safety seat is installed properly. Your child's life may depend on it.

Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women is by appointment only between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.

Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Seniors for Safe Driving, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to sfsd-pa.com.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

It is never too late in the year or in life to make positive changes that will improve your health and quality of life. Join Jenna Stokes, D.O., of UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Family Practice for "It's Never Too Late to Start!" on Friday, March 20. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and program is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City Building). No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

"Coping With Complicated Grief" will be presented 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, including refreshment break at Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

This program will focus on grief that is complicated by things like trauma, death of a child, death by suicide, and anticipatory grief. As depression is part of the grief cycle, it is requested that registrants view, on their own, a series of half-hour television presentations dealing with depression on Altoona cable access channel 14.

The program schedule is:
  • March 5 "Understanding Depression"
  • March 12 "Seven Changes to Overcome Depression"
  • March 19 "Depression and Suicide Prevention"
Each program begins at 8 p.m. Offers 0.2 CEUs.

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours" will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, on Wednesday, March 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to register.

Join Randy, as he guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that the foods you choose affect your heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and more. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid, and how to decipher those nutrition labels. Randy will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.

"Putting Your Best Foot Forward" will be presented Thursday, March 26. Light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by program at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665

Join Harry Penny, DPM, podiatrist with UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates, who will discuss some common foot problems, their diagnosis and treatment options. Ample time for questions.






February 18, 2015 - Case Manager Receives Certification


UPMC Altoona's Victoria A. Hamer, R.N
ALTOONA, Feb. 18, 2015 — UPMC Altoona's Victoria A. Hamer, R.N., case manager in the Case Management Department, passed her certification exam for case management through the American Case Management Association. Hamer lives in Altoona.






February 16, 2015 - Joint Commission accredits UPMC Altoona


ALTOONA, Feb. 16, 2015 — UPMC Altoona has received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of The Joint Commission's accreditation program.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

The Joint Commission's hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects the organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years.






February 13, 2015 - Registered Nurse Case Manager Passes Certification Exam


Sharon Hayford, RN, of Hollidaysburg, Registered Nurse Case Manager Passes Certification Exam
ALTOONA, Feb. 13, 2015 — Sharon Hayford, RN, of Hollidaysburg, a case manager in the Case Management Department at UPMC Altoona, recently passed her certification exam for case management through the American Case Management Association.






February 10, 2015 - Kelli Reale Selected for Vice President of HR at UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial

UPMC is pleased to announce that Kelli Reale has been selected for the role of vice president, Human Resources, of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford.
ALTOONA, Feb. 10, 2015 — UPMC is pleased to announce that Kelli Reale has been selected for the role of vice president, Human Resources, of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford.

Reale will maintain her responsibilities as vice president, Human Resources, of Community Provider Services, UPMC East, UPMC McKeesport, and UPMC Mercy. Reale has been with UPMC since 1998 and has served in a vice president, Human Resources, capacity since 2007. She continues to grow in her leadership role within the Health Services Division and will bring a tremendous amount of experience, specifically with labor relations and organizational integrations, to UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

She was named in a joint announcement by John Galley, SVP & chief human resources officer, UPMC Corporate Services; Jerry Murray, president, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, and Craig Stambaugh, vice president, Human Resources, Health Services Division.






Bio: UPMC Altoona Employees Donate to Central Pennsylvania Humane Society


UPMC Altoona Employee Engagement Team donated $377 to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society
ALTOONA, Feb. 8, 2015 — The UPMC Altoona Employee Engagement Team donated $377 to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society following a Christmas wreath decorating contest in December.

Jill Brubaker Reigh (left), humane society director of outreach and marketing, accepts the donation from Rosemary Gibson (center) of the Employee Engagement Team. Patient Access representatives Amy Wagner (third from left) and Karen Claar accepted a gift certificate to La Pizza Casa on behalf of the department. Patient Access decorated the winning wreath.






February 8, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Announces December Guardian Angels


ALTOONA, Feb. 8, 2015 — UPMC Altoona Foundation's Guardian Angel program allows grateful patients and family members the opportunity to recognize a special caregiver - the individual or department who made a difference in their visit or stay at a UPMC Altoona facility. The list below includes the Guardian Angels for December.

Individuals
Becky Beck
Nancy Bergstein
Angela Boyer
Sue Burger
Jenna Davis
Jen Eger
Patty Fay
Joe Filer
Meghan Gordon
Nicole Hanna
Julie Holley
Joseph McDermott, D.O.
Grace McKee
Whitney Moritz
Terry Ruhl, M.D.
Jack Schocker, M.D.****
Cindy Sharbaugh
Brenda Vinglish
Hilary Whitsel

Departments
UPMC CancerCenter***
Cardiac Rehab
MRI
SPCU
STICU
Tower 10
Wound Care

*Indicates number of times nominated during December






February 5, 2015 - World-Class Breast Imaging: Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Available at UPMC Altoona


ALTOONA, Feb. 5, 2015 — Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is available at UPMC Altoona.

Tomosynthesis is world class breast imaging technology, a tool that uses low-energy x-rays to create a 3D image of the breasts. UPMC Altoona is the only provider in Blair County and began offering this state-of-the-art imaging in January.

Conventional mammography takes pictures of the breast from two angles - up and down, left and right. Tomosynthesis imaging takes multiple pictures from many angles. The x-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast, collecting multiple low-dose images from varying angles, says Lauren Deur, M.D., a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with UPMC Altoona Radiology.

Tomosynthesis may be used in conjunction with conventional mammography to provide the optimal image of a woman's breasts.

"For digital breast tomosynthesis, the breast is positioned the same way as for a conventional 2D mammogram," she says. "However, with 2D mammograms we acquire a single image in each position. With tomosynthesis, views of multiple slices of the breast are captured, providing more-detailed images. The more-detailed images are particularly helpful in patients with dense breast tissue."

These multiple views are sent to a computer where they are processed to produce the tomosynthesis images, which are viewed in conjunction with conventional 2D images. Tomosynthesis reduces the callback rates for mammography screenings, which reduces the need for further tests and biopsies.

"Mammography is not perfect, but it is still the best tool we have for breast cancer screening, and it has been shown to reduce the mortality associated with breast cancer," Dr. Deur says. "Tomography improves upon what we were doing previously."






Bio: UPMC Altoona's Lauren Deur, Diagnostic Radiologist


Lauren Deur, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with UPMC Altoona Radiology.
ALTOONA, Feb. 5, 2015 — Lauren Deur, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with UPMC Altoona Radiology.

She has been practicing since 2002 and came to Altoona in 2011.

She is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and fellowship-trained in breast imaging. She is also certified to read digital mammography.

During her fellowship training in breast imaging, she received the Fellow of the Year Award at New York University Medical Center.

Dr. Deur received her doctor of medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She completed a transitional internship at St. Vincent's Medical Center and a radiology residency and fellowship training at New York University.

She has two undergraduate degrees: B.A. in biologic basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, and a B.S. in economics with a major in health care management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of business.

Dr. Deur is a member of the American College of Radiology.






Surgeon Specializing in Breast Diseases Joins UPMC Altoona


Dianna Craig, M.D., FACS, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast diseases, has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff.
ALTOONA, Feb. 5, 2015 — Dianna Craig, M.D., FACS, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast diseases, has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff. She is practicing with UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates.

Dr. Craig performs the following procedures:
  • Ultrasound guided breast biopsy
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Excisional breast biopsy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Sentinel Lymph Node biopsy
  • Insertion of MammoSite and Savi brachytherapy radiation therapy device
  • Port placement for chemotherapy infusion
Dr. Craig treats the following conditions:
  • Breast cancer
  • Benign breast mass
  • Nipple discharge
  • Breast abscess and infection
  • Breast pain
  • Abnormal axillary lymph nodes
Dr. Craig formerly specialized in breast disease at Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, Windber.

She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Craig received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her general surgery residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. For information concerning an appointment, call UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates at 814-889-4100.






February 5, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Introduces New Breast Health Center With Surgeon Specializing in Breast Disease


ALTOONA, Feb. 5, 2015 — UPMC Altoona introduces the county's first comprehensive breast health service with the creation of the UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center, which offers women a totally new, female-centered and enhanced patient care experience at Station Medical Center.

The focus of the new Breast Health Center's staff, including a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast disease, will be to provide compassionate care for women by listening, understanding, caring and taking the time needed for optimal patient care, says Ron McConnell, chief operating officer at UPMC Altoona.

The new Breast Health Center caregiving team will provide the latest education and treatment advice from the world-class research of UPMC and from throughout the world of breast cancer research. This leading-edge knowledge will guide UPMC Altoona's first dedicated breast surgeon, Dianna Craig, M.D., whose practice encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant breast disease.

Dr. Craig is a board-certified general surgeon whose practice has been dedicated to treating only breast disease for the last 13 years at the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in Windber. At her Station Medical Center office, Dr. Craig will see patients in consultation, order imaging studies, provide clinical breast exams and perform minimally invasive breast biopsies in the office and outpatient setting.

"I will be performing the most current surgical procedures for those patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer," she says. "Patients with a strong family history of breast cancer will also be able to have genetic testing and counseling via the experts at UPMC.

"UPMC Altoona is invested in the best technology, expertise and convenience when it comes to women's breast health."

"State-of-the-art technology coupled with Dr. Craig's surgical expertise and the convenience of Station Medical Center translates into a big step up in women's breast health," McConnell says. "Our goal is that women will receive the best and most comfortable treatment in the region.

"To accomplish this, we have immediately begun plans to expand the Breast Health Center's services so women in our region can receive the care and compassion they so truly deserve."

Dr. Craig joins a team that includes Lauren Deur, M.D., who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, fellowship-trained in breast imaging, and certified to read digital mammography. She has been interpreting breast imaging at UPMC Altoona since 2012.

The Breast Health Center also includes a patient navigator to guide patients with a breast cancer diagnosis. Cheryl Litzinger, RN, a certified oncology nurse, is available to help patients obtain the care they need.

"To make this expansion of women's health services a reality requires a partnership between UPMC, UPMC Altoona, physicians, staff and the entire community," says Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and Bedford Memorial. "Today, the UPMC Altoona Foundation is pleased to announce that Karen Pfeffer, Esq., will be Capital Campaign Committee chairperson to fund this project."

"I look forward to working with the Campaign Committee to raise funds to support the UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center," says attorney Pfeffer.






February 3, 2015 - Media Alert: UPMC Altoona Introduces New Breast Health Center


What: Learn about UPMC Altoona's new Breast Health Center, new 3D mammography service, a new capital campaign, and meet Dianna Craig, M.D., FACS, a board-certified general surgeon/specialist in breast diseases.

When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5

Where: Conference Room at Station Medical Center, Altoona.

Who: Dianna Craig, M.D., FACS; Lauren Deur, M.D., a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist; David Rose, M.D., medical director of UPMC Altoona Radiology; Jerry Murray, president, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, Ron McConnell, Chief Operating Officer, UPMC Altoona

Why: Introduce the community to advances in expertise and technology related to women's health.






January 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Radiologist Receives Certification


Jolanta Dennis, M.D., UPMC Altoona Radiologist Receives Certification
ALTOONA, Jan. 16, 2015 — Jolanta Dennis, M.D., a radiologist with UPMC Altoona Radiology, has been awarded her subspecialty certification in Neuroradiology by the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Dennis joined UPMC Altoona in July 2013 from the University of Virginia and practices diagnostic radiology.






January 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona RN Promoted


UPMC Altoona registered nurse Nikole V. Gelvin, BSN, has been promoted to nurse manager of Tower 14 and the IV team.
ALTOONA, Jan. 16, 2015 — UPMC Altoona registered nurse Nikole V. Gelvin, BSN, has been promoted to nurse manager of Tower 14 and the IV team.

She began her nursing career as an extern on B4 at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital while completing nursing school and was hired in July 2010 as a staff nurse on Tower 14, Altoona Hospital Campus. In September 2013, she took a position at Blair Medical Oncology as a chemotherapy nurse until her December promotion.

Gelvin received her associate's degree in Nursing in May 2010 and a bachelor's in nursing in 2011, both from Penn State Altoona.

She lives in Summerhill.






January 16, 2015 - Director Retires With 37 Years of Service


Lori Shelow, RN, BSN, OCN, administrative director of Medical Outpatient Services (MOPS) and Dialysis, retired Dec. 1 with 37 years of service
ALTOONA, Jan. 16, 2015 — Lori Shelow, RN, BSN, OCN, administrative director of Medical Outpatient Services (MOPS) and Dialysis, retired Dec. 1 with 37 years of service.

Shelow was hired in 1977 as a staff nurse in Maternity at Altoona Hospital. She transferred in 1982 to the outpatient clinics and was in charge of the prenatal, pediatric, oncology and special procedures clinics. She was promoted to charge nurse of the Ambulatory Care Department in 1985 and became a nurse manager in 1987. In 2005, she became the administrative director of MOPS. In 2010, her responsibilities were expanded to include Acute Dialysis.

In 1985-86, Altoona Family Physicians recognized her special contributions to the education of residents.

Shelow lives in Hollidaysburg.






January 16, 2015 - Jonhan Ho, M.D., Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff


Jonhan Ho, M.D., Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff
ALTOONA, Jan. 16, 2015 — Jonhan Ho, M.D., has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the department of Laboratory Services.

Dr. Ho is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology.

He received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, and completed his residency at Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, Ohio, and fellowship training in Pathology Informatics and Dermatopathology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.






January 14, 2015 - Media Alert: UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts Winter Splendor


What: Winter Splendor - A Sweet Celebration, a social and fundraising event hosted by the UPMC Altoona Foundation. Includes:
  • Reception and cash bar
  • Dinner
  • Silent auction with more than 30 assorted baskets
  • Live auction of 10-12 items
  • Health Care Honors recipients and former trustees Benjamin Levine and Joseph Reilly
  • Live music and dancing with the Flood City Brass Band
When: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Blair County Convention Center. Best photo/video opportunity 6:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an interview with Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

Who: Dr. Charles and Carol Harvey are honorary hosts.

Why: The UPMC Altoona Foundation raises funds to support exceptional nonprofit health care for everyone in this region. As a qualified charitable organization, Foundation donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

With nearly 700 attendees, it is anticipated to be one of the largest events ever for the Foundation.






January 2, 2015 - First Blair County Baby of New Year Born At UPMC Altoona


Chris Rickens, Senior Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer of UPMC Altoona, presents gift cards to mom Angel McKnight and baby Kaylynn Snyder, of Altoona.
ALTOONA, Jan. 2 - The first Blair County baby of 2015 was born at 4:55 a.m. Jan. 1 in UPMC Altoona's Maternity unit.

Kaylynn Geraldine Snyder was born to Angel McKnight and Joshua Snyder of Altoona. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 and 1/2 ounces and was 19 and 1/4 inches long.

PHOTO:
Chris Rickens, Senior Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer of UPMC Altoona, presents gift cards to mom Angel McKnight and baby Kaylynn Snyder, of Altoona.

The family will receive the following gifts from the hospital:

Mother: Dozen Red Roses
$50 Gift Certificate from Target
Father: $50 Gift Certificate from Target
Baby: $50 Gift Certificate from Babies R Us (Toys R Us)

In addition, the last baby of 2013 born at Altoona Regional received the following gifts from the hospital:

Mother: Dozen Red Roses
$50 Gift Certificate from Target
Father: $50 Gift Certificate from Target
Baby: $100 Gift Certificate from Babies R Us (Toys R Us)

One other baby was born on Jan. 1 at UPMC Altoona and will receive:
Mother: ˝ dozen Red Roses
$25 Gift Certificate from Target
Father: $25 Gift Certificate from Target
Baby: $50 Gift Certificate from Babies R Us (Toys R Us)








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