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Capital Campaign Kicks-Off with $50,000 Donation

ALTOONA, Pa., July 17, 2017 - The UPMC Altoona hospital auxiliary, Friends of Altoona Regional Health System, recently announced a $50,000 donation to assist with an extensive maternity unit renovation project.

“For more than a century, this hospital has been assisting mothers give birth and providing compassionate care for the entire family,” said Tim Balconi, UPMC Altoona Foundation president. “The current maternity and nursing unit has served the community since 1993 and welcomed thousands of babies into the world. The renovations add state-of-the-art medical technology for physicians, nurses and other caregivers, including new telemetric fetal monitoring and a new visitor management system to ensure safety.”

“The auxiliary members make this large commitment to enhance the care of the mothers and babies of our area. Children are our future and the auxiliary is dedicated to preserving the best possible experience for our young families now and in the future,” said Peggy Cawthern, auxiliary president.

New birthing beds were installed to enhance patient comfort. The birthing center has 18 suites where women labor, deliver, recover, receive post-delivery care and education in infant care; two operating rooms for planned and emergency C-sections with 24-hour anesthesia coverage; and a nursery with advanced support for premature or ill babies with real-time video conferencing capability with specialists at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

“This project modernizes both medical and public areas of the unit with new flooring, ceilings, wall coverings and new family friendly furnishings. Our goal is to provide families with the ultimate birthing experience well into the future,” said Pamela O’Donnell, R.N., M.S.N. “Our physicians deliver about 1,000 babies a year and our nursing and support staff provide compassionate care for the entire family.”

To participate in this capital campaign, contact Balconi at 814-889-6744 or BalconiTJ@upmc.edu or visit .www.upmcaltoonafoundation.org/donate-now/

About UPMC Community Benefits

UPMC provides more than $892 million a year—or more than $2.4 million a day—in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. This includes $313 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor, covering 70 percent of the region’s charity care, more than twice as much as all other western Pennsylvania hospitals combined; $217 million in community health programs, events and contributions, supporting services that may otherwise not be available; and $362 million for medical research and education, funding 98 percent of all hospital-supported research in the region. Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in western Pennsylvania. The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.

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