News: Press Releases
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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 ½ Years of Service
12/01/14 - Christmas Tree Lighting Set for Dec. 5
January 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Radiologist Receives Certification
Dr. Dennis joined UPMC Altoona in July 2013 from the University of Virginia and practices diagnostic radiology.
January 16, 2015 - UPMC Altoona RN Promoted
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
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
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:
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
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.
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: ½ 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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 22, 2014 - Registered Nurse Retires 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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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:
December 04, 2014 - Case Management Director Retires 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 ½ 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