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UPMC Altoona Foundation Raises More Than $87,000 for Patient Care

ALTOONA, Pa., Feb. 8, 2017 UPMC Altoona Foundation raised more than $87,000 at its annual Winter Splendor event Jan. 20 to benefit patient care at UPMC Altoona.

“We had a record number of guests with nearly 900 attendees,” said Tim Balconi, president of UPMC Altoona Foundation. “We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who attended and to our co-chairs, Dr. Dave and Cristin Burwell and Dr. Grant and Kathy Hormell.

The event included a basket auction, a live auction, and a special fund-raiser for the UPMC Altoona Breast Health Center, which raised $22,000.

“Our committee and volunteers did a fantastic job at expanding the popularity of the event,” Balconi said. “We thank everyone who participated, including our sponsors.”

During the evening, the UPMC Altoona Foundation recognized the 2016 Healthcare Honors Award recipients Ann Benzel, Dr. Vijay Janakiraman, and Catherine Sprouse, R.N.

Ann Benzel of Hollidaysburg has served as a trustee of the UPMC Altoona Hospital since 2004. She also is a trustee of the UPMC Altoona Foundation, having served as chairperson from 2008 to 2011. Ann’s dedication to the hospital and its Foundation are hallmarks of her distinguished career in supporting and leading area not-for-profit agencies.

Dr. Vijay Janakiraman of Hollidaysburg received the honor for his work as a cardiologist, leader and mentor since he opened his internal medicine practice in 1979. In 1983, he opened his cardiology practice now known as UPMC Altoona Pleasant Valley Cardiology, 1528 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Catherine Sprouse, R.N., received her award for being a champion of quality care for every patient. Retired since 2014, Sprouse served as the director of UPMC Altoona Case Management culminating her 44 years of nursing service to patients.

PHOTO (from left): Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, with Healthcare Honors awardees Catherine Sprouse, R.N., Dr. Vijay Janakiraman, and Ann Benzel.

About UPMC

A $13 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com

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