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UPMC Altoona Expands Gynecological Services


ALTOONA, Pa., March 13, 2017 — HealthForce at UPMC Altoona is pleased to announce an expansion of women’s health care with the creation of UPMC Altoona Women’s Health Services, at 2918 6th Ave., Altoona, Pa.

Formerly known as Women’s Health and Laser Care, gynecologists Stephen Bisacco, M.D., and Marina Opida, M.D., along with advanced practice provider Susan Stern, C.R.N.P., each bring in excess of 25 years experience and expertise in providing quality health care to area women.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of this experienced team to our UPMC family of providers,” says Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial. “We welcome their existing and new patients. UPMC Altoona remains committed to expanding physician services, making specialty and primary care more accessible to more people in communities throughout our region.”

The affiliations are part of nearly three years of physician recruitment since joining UPMC with the goal of extending UPMC’s world-class care to more residents in the region. Between July 2013 and March 1, 2017, 55 new physicians have joined UPMC Altoona to practice in a variety of specialties. An additional 21 providers, like Bisacco and Opida, have transitioned from private practice to being UPMC-affiliated physicians.

In 12 outpatient specialty practices and 27 office locations, during 2016, UPMC Altoona-affiliated physicians provided:
  • Approximately 362,806 patient appointments/visits (not including radiology interpretations).
  • 161,775 primary care appointments.
  • 201,031 specialty appointments.


About UPMC

A $14 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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