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Medical Services: Subsidiary Services
There are many affiliated corporations that belong to the UPMC Altoona Health System family. These organizations provide a continuum of care to patients and their families.
We invite you to read more about these high quality, patient focused organizations. Feel free to call these organizations and find out more about how they can help you!

UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates
UPMC Altoona Surgical Associates' highly skilled and experienced surgeons provide a variety of surgical services to the community. Phone 814-889-7500, or visit www.upmcaltoonasurgical.com/.

Blair Medical Associates
Blair Medical Associates is a premier multispecialty group practice, serving the people of Blair and surrounding counties with high quality, cost-effective health care since 1972. Blair Medical Associates offers several specialties, including family and internal medicine and pediatrics, as well as OB/GYN, neurology, medical oncology, endocrinology, dermatology and more. Also offers onsite laboratory services and X-rays. Phone 946-1655 or 1-888-811-4834, or visit www.bma.md

MedCare (formerly Home Health Resource)
MedCare, an affiliate of UPMC Altoona, is a comprehensive provider of medical equipment, respiratory services and home infusion therapy. MedCare is accredited by The Joint Commission for all of its services. MedCare is a trusted name in our community, providing personalized services and solutions for your health care needs.

MedCare has a trained, experienced and dedicated staff to deliver only the highest quality care for you and your family. MedCare provides services throughout the area in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

IV Therapy
• Antibiotic therapy • anticoagulants • chemotherapy • corticosteroid therapy • enteral nutrition • hydration and electrolyte therapy • immunoglobulin • immunosuppressants • inotropic therapy • pain management • total parenteral nutrition

Respiratory Products/Services
• Apnea monitors • CPAP/BIPAP • nebulizers • oxygen and related equipment

Home/Durable Medical Equipment
  • Bathroom and safety aids: rails, commodes, benches, tub lifts and other safety items
  • Bed and room equipment: electric and manual beds, pressure pads, bedpans and other equipment
  • Chairs: seat-lift chairs, geriatric chairs and other chairs and accessory items
  • Orthopedic products: supplies and more
  • Ostomy products: supplies and more
  • Self-diagnostic aids: home monitoring equipment for blood pressure, blood sugar, temperature and others
  • Specialized needs: from rehabilitative equipment to other specialized products
  • Walking aids and wheelchairs: walkers, canes, crutches, customized wheelchairs and more
For more information, call MedCare at 800.514.4474 or visit http://www.medcareequipment.com/22/Locations.html. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Home Nursing Agency
Home Nursing Agency logo Everyone needs help when an injury, chronic illness or addiction affects the quality of life. As a not-for-profit, community benefit organization since 1968, Home Nursing Agency is here for you and your family during life’s most challenging moments. Whether it’s at home, school, or one of our community sites, our employees are committed to ensuring families have the resources to remain in their homes and in their communities.

Working in partnership with your physician(s), Home Nursing Agency provides an extensive network of services, from very specialized nursing and rehabilitation to supportive long-term care. Do you need help adjusting to new medications, managing an IV, tending to an incision, bathing or getting around your house? We can help you! Home Nursing Agency is a trusted name in your community and an affiliate of UPMC Altoona Health System.

Serving all ages, Home Nursing Agency’s in-home services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
  • Nursing, including pediatrics, oncology, mental health, cardiac, pulmonary and diabetes management
  • Hospice, including physician services, clergy services, volunteer and bereavement services and symptom control and pain management
  • Palliative care consultation, in partnership with physicians, to coordinate care plans and symptom management for patients coping with chronic illness or disease
  • Bereavement services for children and their families at Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch
  • Pediatric Home Connection for children with complex or skilled needs
  • Home health aides/personal care assistants
  • Social workers
  • Registered dietitians
  • Wound and ostomy care
  • Rehabilitation therapies:
    • physical therapy
    • occupational therapy
    • speech pathology services
Additional services available in the community are:
  • Adult Day Services offers a safe, social environment during the day for people 18 and over; provides respite for caregivers. Centers are located in Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties.
  • Center for Counseling for children, adolescents and families. Provides alternative to traditional inpatient services, and may include therapy, education for life management, stress reduction education and medication management.
  • Adult Center for Exceptional Learning (ACEL) promotes independence and functioning of adults with developmental disabilities through community and center-based activities.
  • Early Intervention for infants and toddlers struggling to meet age appropriate skills
  • AIDS Intervention Project provides education and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Nurse-Family Partnership® for women experiencing their first pregnancy
  • Permanent, temporary and transitional housing for individuals coping with mental health issues.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program Case Management staff can have a nurse visit with you, or you can call Home Nursing Agency at 800.445.6262, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lexington Anesthesia Associates
Lexington Anesthesia Associates provides high-quality anesthesia services to the general public. For more information on services offered call 889-7811.

Lexington Hospitalist Program

What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Because hospitalists do not have a practice outside of the hospital, they can focus all of their attention on patients inside the hospital. Hospitalists manage your hospital care, coordinating and consulting with specialists, monitoring your progress and staying in touch with you and your family and primary care physician. Most hospitalists are either board certified or board eligible in internal medicine.

The Hospitalist Program at UPMC Altoona Health System
The Lexington Hospitalist Program is made up of a team of nine board certified physicians and four midlevel practitioners, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Doctors include: Stuart Ackerman, D.O.; Nancy Kenney, M.D.; Daniel Lin, M.D.; Gregory Martinek, D.O.; Mohammed Rahman, M.D.; Amie Roger, M.D., and Hassan Zamman, M.D. Midlevel practitioners include: Lori Daughenbaugh, CRNP; Vickie Lathero, CRNP and Roseann Kaczor-Vassalotti, PA-C. Christine Snavely is the office manager.

How the program works
When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician brings your hospitalist up to date about your condition or medical history and transfers the management of your care to the hospitalist team. The hospitalist team updates your primary care physician about your progress and will coordinate your care with him or her to a smooth transition back to your doctor after you are discharged from the hospital.

What patients are seen by the hospitalist?
Currently, patients of the following practices are seen by hospitalists: Blair Medical Associates Family Practice, Mainline Medical Associates, Northern Cambria Medical Center, and Patton Family Medical Center, along with some patients who come into the hospital without a primary care physician.

What are the advantages of being cared for by a hospitalist?
Hospitalists work only in hospitals and are available day and night. They closely monitor you during your hospitalization and are accessible in cases of emergencies and if concerns arise. They will manage you throughout your entire continuum of hospital care: seeing patients in the ER, admitting patients to inpatient units, following patients as necessary into the critical care unit, and organizing post-acute care. In addition, your hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital, ensuring fast turnaround of tests and treatments. Our group of hospitalists provides the highest quality of care in a timely and personalized manner.

The Lexington Hospitalist Program is located on the 3rd Floor of the School of Nursing Building in Room 332 at Altoona Hospital Campus.

Mainline Medical Associates
Mainline Medical Associates is a multiphysician practice with offices in Cresson and Altoona providing a continuum of high quality comprehensive health maintenance and medical care for the entire family. Phone 941-8811 or 886-8161, or visit www.mainlinemedicalassociates.com

Northern Cambria Medical Center
Northern Cambria Medical Center is a primary care practice in Northern Cambria, Pa. Phone 948-4560.

Patton Family Medical Center
Patton Family Medical Center is a primary care practice in Carrolltown, Pa. Phone 344-9234.

Preferred Healthcare System, Inc.
Preferred Healthcare System (PHS), Inc. is a regionally-based managed care organization with a goal to work with area employers to provide quality, cost-effective health care benefits for their employees and families.

The PHS network, using insurers and third-party administrators, provides you with direct access to quality hospitals and physicians throughout a ten-county area. This comprehensive group of providers will serve your personal and family health care needs in a high quality, cost-effective manner. Currently, PHS has contracts with 13 regional hospitals and their physicians, as well as arrangements for medical services not available in this area.

For more information or to view a list of PHS panel providers, visit www.phsppo.com

UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics
UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics is the health system’s new, unique full-service orthopedic physician practice serving all of Central Pennsylvania. Phone 814.889.3600 or visit www.eliteorthodocs.com

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