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CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

02/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Childbirth Education classes for Monday, February 23rd are cancelled.

PRESS RELEASES

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
12/29/14 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for January
12/23/14 - Registered Nurses Pass OB Certification
12/22/14 - Ashwini Jasutkar, MD, Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff
12/22/14 - Maged Zaky, MD, FACP, Maintains Internal Medicine Certification
12/22/14 - RN Named Education Manager
12/22/14 - Registered Nurse Promoted to Clinical Manager
12/22/14 - Registered Nurse Promoted to Risk Manager
12/22/14 - Physician Passes Psychiatry Certification
12/22/14 - Registered Nurse Retires With 41 Years of Service
12/22/14 - Maternity/Nursery Nurse Retires
12/22/14 - Technologist Retires With 43 Years of Service
12/18/14 - UPMC Altoona Police Officer Retires With 38 Years of Service
12/18/14 - Case Manager Retires With 39 Years of Service
12/18/14 - Registered Nurse Retires With 42 Years of Service
12/18/14 - ER Tech/Paramedic Retires with 32 Years of Service
12/17/14 - Huntingdon Family Practice Physician Joins UPMC Altoona
12/12/14 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts Winter Splendor
12/11/14 - Menorah Lighting Set for Dec. 16
12/09/14 - Safe Kids Blair County Offers Safety Tips
12/09/14 - UPMC Altoona Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips
12/04/14 - Case Management Director Retires With 44 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Case Manager Retires With 38 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Behavioral Health Access and Utilization Director Retires With 28 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Nurse Manager Retires With 36 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Registered Radiologic Technologist Retires With 41 Years of Service
12/04/14 - MRI Technologist Retires With 41 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Registered Nurse Retires With 27 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Nurse Retires With 41 Years of Service
12/04/14 - Director Retires From UPMC Altoona
12/04/14 - Nurse Retires With 43 Years of Service
12/01/14 - Christmas Tree Lighting Set for Dec. 5


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)






December 29, 2014 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for January


ALTOONA, Dec. 29, 2014 — UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for January 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!

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening is offered by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 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.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 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, Jan. 9, 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, Jan. 10, 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.

"UPMC Altoona and You" presented by Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, on Friday, Jan. 16. Lunch at 11 a.m., program 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 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.

Murray brings you up to date with the changes and progress in technology, systems and physician practices that UPMC Altoona has made since merging with UPMC in July 2013. He also will give a glimpse of what to expect in the future. In addition, he will address your concerns and questions related to UPMC and Highmark. Ample time for questions.

Freedom From Smoking: Become Tobacco Free, is a seven-week series that provides the steps to become tobacco-free. Choose a daytime program: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., OR an evening program: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 10, 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). No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Join Jessica Wyant, prevention educator, for steps to becoming tobacco-free. This American Lung Association program, offered in conjunction with Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program Inc., will help you 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.

For more information, go to www.determinetoquit.com or call the Pennsylvania Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Make the decision to quit today!

"Don't Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tour" is offered Wednesday, Jan. 28, 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 Grabill in the produce section (right inside the door). Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Grabill, a UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid and how to decipher those nutrition labels. He will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.






December 23, 2014 - Registered Nurses Pass OB Certification


ALTOONA, Dec. 23, 2014 — UPMC Altoona Registered Nurses Rebecca Beck, RNC, Maternity/Nursery, and Suzi Brannock, RNC, Pregnancy Care Center, recently passed their inpatient obstetrics certification exams.

Beck lives in Altoona and Brannock in Hollidaysburg.






December 22, 2014 - Ashwini Jasutkar, MD, Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff


Ashwini Jasutkar, MD, Joins UPMC Altoona Medical Staff
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Ashwini Jasutkar, MD, has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the Department of Pediatrics & Newborns.

She is in practice with Rakesh Chopra, MD, at 1224 7th Ave., Altoona.

Dr. Jasutkar is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and served her residency at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.






December 22, 2014 - Maged Zaky, MD, FACP, Maintains Internal Medicine Certification


Maged Zaky, MD, FACP, Maintains Internal Medicine Certification
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Maged Zaky, MD, FACP, a member of the UPMC Altoona medical staff, has maintained certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He practices at Internal Medicine Associates of Altoona. He passed the maintenance certification in spring 2013 and has been a diplomate in Internal Medicine since August 2004.

He received his medical degree from Alexandria Medical School. He completed his internship at Alexandria University Hospitals, Egypt, and his residency at AlGomhouria Community Hospital, Alexandria; Ras Elteen Hospital, Alexandria; Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, N.J., and St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.






December 22, 2014 - RN Named Education Manager


Helen Seidel, RN, MSN, clinical educator in UPMC Altoona's Education Department, has been named department manager.
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Helen Seidel, RN, MSN, clinical educator in UPMC Altoona's Education Department, has been named department manager.

Seidel's new job responsibilities include managing the Education Department and coordinating staff education.

"Helen brings a wealth of experience from various positions in her professional nursing career to this new role," says Georganna Horell, director of Risk Management, Education, and Library. "I am excited to work with her."

She was hired in 1994. Helen received her master's degree from Penn State University.

She lives in Altoona.






December 22, 2014 - Registered Nurse Promoted to Clinical Manager


Jean Yingling, RN, has been promoted to clinical manager of the Acute Dialysis Unit at UPMC Altoona
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Jean Yingling, RN, has been promoted to clinical manager of the Acute Dialysis Unit at UPMC Altoona.

Her responsibilities include directing, organizing and supervising the work of nursing staff. She will coordinate efforts to ensure that effective patient care is provided and quality standards are met.

She was hired in 2004 as a staff nurse on the Medical/Surgical Unit on Tower 10. She transferred to the Chronic Dialysis Unit and, when that relocated outside the hospital, she moved to the Acute Dialysis Unit.

Yingling received her associate of science degree in nursing at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, in May 2004.

She lives in Duncansville.






December 22, 2014 - Registered Nurse Promoted to Risk Manager


Vicki Bilka, RN, BSN, has been promoted to risk manager in the Risk Management Department of UPMC Altoona.
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Vicki Bilka, RN, BSN, has been promoted to risk manager in the Risk Management Department of UPMC Altoona.

Bilka was hired in 1978 as a radiology technologist and has worked in X-ray, CCU, Emergency Department, Same Day Surgery and Quality Management.

She is a 1986 graduate of the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State University.

She lives in Altoona.






December 22, 2014 - Physician Passes Psychiatry Certification


Usman Ali, MD, Physician Passes Psychiatry Certification
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Usman Ali, MD, a member of the UPMC Altoona medical staff and UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services, has passed the examination for certification in the medical specialty of Psychiatry. Dr. Ali received his medical degree from the University of Karachi. He completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, New York, N.Y.






December 22, 2014 - Registered Nurse Retires With 41 Years of Service


Loretta Wyland, RN, nursing coordinator in Imaging Services, who retired Dec. 1 with 41 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Loretta Wyland, RN, nursing coordinator in Imaging Services, who retired Dec. 1 with 41 years of service.

She was hired by Altoona Hospital in 1971 as a nurse in the Operating Room. In 1979, she helped open the first Holding Room there. She had a two-year break in service to raise twins. She returned in 1981 as a float nurse in the ICU and in 1984 transferred to Interventional Radiology. In 2011, she established the RN position in Radiology at Station Medical Center.

Wyland received the "Employee of the Month" award in April 2000.

She lives in Hollidaysburg.






December 22, 2014 - Maternity/Nursery Nurse Retires


ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Deborah A. (Yohn) O'Shell, RN, of UPMC Altoona's Maternity/Nursery Department retired Dec. 1 with 32 years of service.

She was hired as a nurse on night shift on T10 by Altoona Hospital in 1982 and worked there until June 1984 when she transferred to Maternity/Labor Room on the night shift. In 1991, she transferred to the Nursery and worked night shift until 1993. The areas were then combined and she worked in Maternity and the Nursery on night shift until retirement.

O'Shell previously worked on 5E and T12 before breaks in service to raise her children.

She lives in Tyrone.






December 22, 2014 - Technologist Retires With 43 Years of Service


Connie Steinbeiser, CT scan technologist with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 43 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 22, 2014 — Connie Steinbeiser, CT scan technologist with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 43 years of service.

An Altoona resident, she began her career in 1969 as a student of the Altoona Hospital School of Radiology. She was hired in 1971 as a radiologic technologist in X-ray. She is a registered radiologic and CT scan technologist.






December 18, 2014 - UPMC Altoona Police Officer Retires With 38 Years of Service


ALTOONA, Dec. 18, 2014 — Bob Gates, UPMC Altoona police officer, retired Dec. 1 with 38 years of service.

He was hired in 1976 by Altoona Hospital and has worked the night shift most of his career.

Gates held the night shift supervisor's position for the better part of his 38 years at Altoona and then moved to the evening shift. He then transferred to night shift as a police officer.

He is from Altoona.






December 18, 2014 - Case Manager Retires With 39 Years of Service


ALTOONA, Dec. 18, 2014 — Georgia Marcoaldi, RN, case manager, Utilization Review/Case Management at UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 39 years of service.

She was hired in 1975 by Mercy Hospital as an Emergency Department nurse and worked there until 1988. Between 1982-1992, she worked in the Outpatient Clinic as a charge nurse and then became clinic manager. In 1992, she transferred to Outpatient Cardiac Rehab and Cardiology Services at Bon Secours-Holy Family as the manager and she worked there until she transferred in 2006 to the Inpatient Rehab Unit as a staff nurse. She worked there for two years and then transferred to Utilization Review/Case Management at Altoona Regional Health System.

Marcoaldi lives in Fallentimber.






December 18, 2014 - Registered Nurse Retires With 42 Years of Service


Sharolyn Ivory, RNC, BSN, case manager with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 42 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 18, 2014 — Sharolyn Ivory, RNC, BSN, case manager with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 42 years of service.

She was hired by Altoona Hospital as a staff nurse in Pediatrics upon her graduation from the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. She was promoted to charge nurse in 1975 and served for two years before becoming a part-time staff nurse in Pediatrics/Pediatrics ICU/Adult Short Stay unit between 1977 and 1990. She then went full time and became the Parenting and Childbirth Education instructor for five years before returning to Pediatrics as a staff nurse and transferring to Case Management in 2002.

A resident of Patton, Ivory served as facilitator of the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Support group for 20 years, starting in 1984; served as a board member on the Blair County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and as a volunteer for Blair County Safe Kids. She was honored as the Blair County Nurse of Hope in 1985. Sharolyn received Employee of the Month honors twice during her career.

She received her bachelor's degree in Nursing from St. Francis University in 2001.






December 18, 2014 - ER Tech/Paramedic Retires with 32 Years of Service


Sherry Fox, an ER technician/paramedic with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 32 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 18, 2014 — Sherry Fox, an ER technician/paramedic with UPMC Altoona, retired Dec. 1 with 32 years of service.

She was hired in 1983 as an ER tech in the Mercy Hospital Emergency Department.






December 17, 2014 - Huntingdon Family Practice Physician Joins UPMC Altoona


Daniel Delp, M.D. Huntingdon Family Practice Physician Joins UPMC Altoona
ALTOONA, Dec. 17, 2014 — Daniel Delp, M.D., will join UPMC Altoona on Jan. 1.

Dr. Delp is a family practice physician with two office locations: Huntingdon Healthcare in Huntingdon and Juniata Valley Medical Center in Alexandria.

Dr. Delp will continue to care for all current patients, and will continue to accept all the same current health care insurances. There will be no change in those areas for his patients.

Dr. Delp has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He received his medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, and completed his residency at Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center, Williamsport.

Both of Dr. Delp's practice locations are certified Rural Health Clinics.

Rural Health Clinics (RHC) increase primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities, improving access to primary care in underserved rural areas.

RHCs are required to use a team approach of physicians and midlevel practitioners, such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives to provide services.

Dr. Delp will be affiliated with Altoona Family Physicians.

Other UPMC Altoona primary care doctors in Huntingdon County are Gregory Strunk, DO, and William Olstein, DO. They also are affiliated with Altoona Family Physicians.

Contact information for Dr. Delp:

Huntingdon Healthcare, 814 Washington Street, Huntingdon, 814-643-4415

Juniata Valley Medical Center, 846 Medical Drive, Alexandria 814-669-4444

Contact information for Dr. Strunk and Dr. Olstein:

9498 William Penn Highway (Route 22), Huntingdon, across from Ace Hardware, 814-643-0461.






December 12, 2014 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts Winter Splendor


ALTOONA, Dec. 12, 2014 Winter Splendor — A Sweet Celebration, a social and fundraising event hosted by the UPMC Altoona Foundation, takes place Friday, Jan. 16, at the Blair County Convention Center.

With a chocolate theme and business casual attire, Winter Splendor promises to be a fun and exciting evening. Dr. Charles and Carol Harvey are honorary hosts. The event is from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

The program includes:
  • Reception and cash bar
  • Dinner
  • Silent auction with more than 30 assorted baskets
  • Live auction of 10-12 items
  • Healthcare Honors recipients and former trustees Benjamin Levine and Joseph Reilly
  • Live music and dancing with the Flood City Brass Band
Tickets are on sale now for $45 per person and can be purchased at the UPMC Altoona Foundation office, 620 Howard Ave., Tower 5, Altoona, or online at www.UPMCAltoona.org and click "Give a Gift," then click "Winter Splendor Tickets." Or call Michelle Dodson at 889-6740 or email her at dodsonma@upmc.edu.

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.






December 11, 2014 - Menorah Lighting Set for Dec. 16


WHAT: Lighting of the Menorah to celebrate Jewish faith traditions

WHO: Pastoral Care Department; Jerry Murray, president; Rabbi Audrey Korotkin of Temple Beth Israel, Altoona

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16

WHERE: UPMC Altoona hospital atrium, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona






December 09, 2014 - Safe Kids Blair County Offers Safety Tips


ALTOONA, Dec. 9, 2014 — To help ensure your children have fun and stay safe this holiday season, Sherry Turchetta, UPMC Altoona community education specialist and coordinator of Safe Kids Blair County, offers the following tips:
  • Decorate with children in mind. For the Christmas tree, move breakable ornaments or those with metal hooks to the top of the tree. Use kid-friendly ornaments on bottom branches.
  • Natural trees need to be watered regularly to prevent a potential fire hazard.
  • Check holiday lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Burn holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and extinguish the flame before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children's reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
  • Keep button batteries and other small pieces in games away from young children.
  • If you buy a child a bike, skateboard or scooter, include a helmet to keep them safe.
  • To help prevent stove burns from hot holiday food and liquid spills, use the back burners of the stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.
  • Teach older, responsible children how to cook safely. Teach them to never leave the kitchen while they are using the stove or oven and to use ovenmitts or potholders to remove items from the oven or stove. Teach them how to use a microwave safely.
  • Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before traveling, check the car seat. If unsure whether the seat is installed correctly, contact SafeKids Blair County at 889-7802 for assistance.
  • Use a booster with children who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat. A booster seat enables the adult seatbelt to fit properly.
  • If a child has graduated from a booster seat, he should remain in the back seat until the age of 13.
  • Be responsive to crying children while driving. Don't worry about making good time. Instead, get off at the next exit and find a safe area to feed or change the child.






December 09, 2014 - UPMC Altoona Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips


ALTOONA, Dec. 9, 2014 — 'Tis the season for tinsel, trees and opportunistic thieves, says UPMC Altoona Police.

Crooks take advantage of harried shoppers, travelers and other holiday season revelers, but it's possible to stay safe with a few crime-busting habits:
  • Be cautious when opening your door to those collecting donations door-to-door. Before opening your door ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used before you donate.
  • While shopping, park in a well-lighted space and be sure to lock the car, close the windows and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers by putting your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket and carrying a purse close to your body.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if you become separated while shopping.
  • When away from home, turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home.
  • Lock doors and windows when you leave, even if just for a few minutes.
  • If you will be away for several days, stop mail, newspaper and other deliveries. Set automatic timers for lights
  • While traveling, pack light and keep luggage with you or give only to authorized personnel. Carry only the credit cards and ATM cards you need.
  • Make sure everyone in your party has the name, address and phone number of the place you will stay and carries that information at all times.
  • Never leave a room key unattended where it could be picked up by a stranger, such as at a restaurant or pool.
  • Never leave your room unlocked. Insist everyone carries a room key.
  • When traveling, lock your vehicle at all times, especially at gas stations, rest areas and other public facilities.







December 04, 2014 - Case Management Director Retires With 44 Years of Service


Cathy Sprouse, RN, CHCQM, of Altoona, director of UPMC Altoona's Case Management Department, retired Nov. 14 with 44 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Cathy Sprouse, RN, CHCQM, of Altoona, director of UPMC Altoona's Case Management Department, retired Nov. 14 with 44 years of service.

She was hired by Altoona Hospital in 1970 as a staff nurse on the Medical-Surgical floor. A year later she transferred to Coronary Care, where she worked for four years. In 1974, she transferred to Utilization Review and returned to Coronary Care in 1980 as a charge nurse. She joined Case Management in 1984 and was promoted to supervisor in 1999 and director in 2000.






December 04, 2014 - Case Manager Retires With 38 Years of Service


Sharon Rydbom, RN, of Tipton, a case manager with UPMC Altoona's Utilization Review/Case Management Department, retired Dec. 1 with 38 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Sharon Rydbom, RN, of Tipton, a case manager with UPMC Altoona's Utilization Review/Case Management Department, retired Dec. 1 with 38 years of service.

She was hired in 1976 by Altoona Hospital as a full-time registered nurse with the Float department. Two years later she took a position as a staff education instructor. Between 1980-89, she worked part-time in Float and then transferred to her present position.

She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's in Nursing.

Rydbom served as captain of the Altoona Regional Health System Relay for Life team for 10 years.






December 04, 2014 - Behavioral Health Access and Utilization Director Retires With 28 Years of Service


Ernie Podrasky, Access & Utilization director in UPMC Altoona's Behavioral Health Services, retired Dec. 1 with 28 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Ernie Podrasky, Access & Utilization director in UPMC Altoona's Behavioral Health Services, retired Dec. 1 with 28 years of service.

Ernie was hired in 1986 as the Crisis Center supervisor for Altoona Hospital Behavioral Health Services. In the ensuing years, his responsibilities grew to include the Access Center, the school-based Student Assistance Program, Behavioral Health Consultation & Education, Drug and Alcohol Community Services, Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services, CPI services, and processing grievances/complaints for Behavioral Health.






December 04, 2014 - Nurse Manager Retires With 36 Years of Service


Georgeanne
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Georgeanne "Gan" Pettenati of Ashville, nurse manager of UPMC Altoona's Invasive and Non-Invasive Cardiology, retired Nov. 14 with 36 years of service.

She started her career in 1970 at Altoona Hospital as a staff nurse in the ICU, then left for eight years to work as a nurse at Barberton Citizens Hospital, Ohio.

Pettenati returned in 1979 to work in the Coronary Care Unit at Altoona Hospital, then worked in Coronary Care and Intensive Care until 1985. She was the daylight charge nurse of the ICU from 1983-85. She transferred to the Catheterization Lab as a staff nurse and was promoted over the years from coordinator to clinical manager to her position of nurse manager for Cardiology, Catheterization Lab, Echo, and Cardiac Rehab.






December 04, 2014 - Registered Radiologic Technologist Retires With 41 Years of Service


Bonnie McMillen of Altoona, a registered radiologic technologist and registered CT scan technologist at UPMC Altoona's Imaging Services, retired Dec. 1 with 39 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Bonnie McMillen of Altoona, a registered radiologic technologist and registered CT scan technologist at UPMC Altoona's Imaging Services, retired Dec. 1 with 39 years of service.

She started in 1974 at the Altoona Hospital School of Radiology and was hired as a radiologic technologist in 1976. In 1982, she transferred to the CT Scan Department.






December 04, 2014 - MRI Technologist Retires With 41 Years of Service


Sandy Loomis of Altoona, an MRI technologist in UPMC Altoona's Imaging Services, retired Dec. 1 with 41 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Sandy Loomis of Altoona, an MRI technologist in UPMC Altoona's Imaging Services, retired Dec. 1 with 41 years of service.

She was hired by Altoona Hospital in 1973 as an x-ray technologist and worked there until 1979. She transferred to CT scanning and then to MRI.






December 04, 2014 - Registered Nurse Retires With 27 Years of Service


Louise Krug of Bellwood, a registered nurse with UPMC Altoona's Surgical Pretesting, retired Dec. 1 with 27 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Louise Krug of Bellwood, a registered nurse with UPMC Altoona's Surgical Pretesting, retired Dec. 1 with 27 years of service.

She was hired in 1987 as a temporary staff nurse in Behavioral Health Services. From 1988 through 1999, she was an intensive case manager for children at Behavioral Health Services, and served as a staff nurse for Outpatient Behavioral Health for 10 years. In 2009, she transferred to Surgical Pretesting.






December 04, 2014 - Nurse Retires With 41 Years of Service


ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Debbie Dambeck of Altoona, a licensed practical nurse with UPMC Altoona's Same Day Surgery, retired Dec. 1 with 41 years of service.

She was hired by Mercy Hospital in 1973 as a licensed practical nurse in the Pediatrics Department. In 1974, she transferred to Respiratory Therapy and four years later to Medical-Surgical. In 1979, she moved to the Outpatient Department and in 1983 transferred to Same Day Surgery. After the merger between Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital and Altoona Hospital, she transferred to her current position.

Dambeck also taught craft classes for several years at the Altoona Hospital Women's HealthSource Center.






December 04, 2014 - Director Retires From UPMC Altoona


Cloyd Beers of Altoona, director of UPMC Altoona's Patient Financial Services and executive director of The Partnership for a Healthy Community, retired Dec. 1 with 42 years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Cloyd Beers of Altoona, director of UPMC Altoona's Patient Financial Services and executive director of The Partnership for a Healthy Community, retired Dec. 1 with 42 years of service.

He began his association with the Altoona Hospital in 1971 when he was accepted into the Altoona Hospital's School of Laboratory Technology. Upon completion of the program, Beers was hired by the Laboratory in 1972 as a laboratory assistant. Over the course of his 42-year career, he served in a number of both clinical and administrative positions. He started as a registered medical technologist and was later promoted to second shift supervisor and finally to assistant director for the Department of Laboratory Services.

In 1997, he was appointed to the newly created position of corporate compliance officer and served until 2001 when he was asked to assume the position of director of Patient Financial Services

During his years at the hospital, Beers also had a career of service in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served for 33 years until his retirement in 2011, having achieved the rank of captain.






December 04, 2014 - Nurse Retires With 43 Years of Service


Bonnie Wilt Bartley, RN, of UPMC Altoona's Surgical Pretesting, retired Dec. 1 with 43  years of service.
ALTOONA, Dec. 4, 2014 — Bonnie Wilt Bartley, RN, of UPMC Altoona's Surgical Pretesting, retired Dec. 1 with 43 years of service.

Bonnie was hired in 1971 by Altoona Hospital as a staff nurse on 7E, then transferred to 2B. In 1975 she transferred to Utilization Review. A year later she transferred to 5E and moved with the unit to Tower 12 when the new hospital building opened. She also worked on Tower 14 and was promoted to charge nurse of the newly developed Inpatient Oncology Unit in 1985. In 1993, she was promoted to nurse manager of 6E Medical-Surgical Unit. Two years later, she moved to the dialysis unit as a staff nurse and in 2011 transferred to Surgical Pretesting.

Bonnie is a 1971 graduate of the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing and received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Penn State in 1985. She received a certificate in nursing management from Penn State in 1992.






Christmas Tree Lighting Set for Dec. 5


WHAT: Blessing and lighting of the large Christmas tree and blessing of the manger. Seasonal music provided by 5th Grade students at Altoona Central Catholic School.

WHO: Pastoral Care Department and Jerry Murray, hospital president

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5

WHERE: UPMC Altoona hospital Atrium, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona








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