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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC Altoona Expand Medical Oncology Services for Improved Patient Care

ALTOONA, Pa., Aug. 22, 2017 Public open house, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center part of UPMC Altoona, recently expanded to a larger facility to treat an increasing number of patients in a more efficand inviting facility. Formerly known as Blair Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology, the $6.8 million expansion project is now complete on the first floor of the UPMC Altoona Outpatient Surgery Center on Howard Avenue. Patients have dedicated parking, increased access to chemotherapy, additional physicians and staff, along with improved services to ensure continued high-quality cancer care in the Altoona region..

“The partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has raised the level of cancer care in the central Pennsylvania region,” said Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial. “Our patients are able to receive all of their cancer care close to home and now in a larger, more efficient location with more treatment rooms in an area where family members will be accommodated. We believe this will provide them with an overall better experience.”

The 16,000-square-foot facility includes 28 medical oncology treatment bays (nearly double what was offered at the previous location), as well as two private treatment rooms for additional comfort. Patients also will be able to receive outpatient laboratory services, their treatment and visit with their medical oncologist in this single location.

Other features:
  • Greater ease of entry with a covered patient drop off area at the front entrance, and dedicated parking spaces in front of the building.
  • Framed photographic artwork throughout features local landscapes and landmarks, including Altoona’s Mansion Park, the Horseshoe Curve and others.
  • A USP 800-compliant pharmacy—which offers more protection to pharmacists and workers to ensure safe handling of chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs—one of the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, is staffed by two full-time pharmacists and three pharmacy technicians.
  • On-site laboratory adds convenience for patients.
  • Future availability for patients to participate in clinical research trials.
  • Provides service to approximately 100 patients daily; compared to about 80 at the previous location.
  • Staffing for the site has increased to 43.
  • Within the past year, two medical oncologists/hematologists were added to bring the physician complement to five.
“We strive to provide a comfortable and convenient experience for our patients who are undergoing cancer treatment,” said Stephanie Dutton, vice president and chief operating officer of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. “We also want to ensure that we are able to provide the same high-quality care that patients expect to receive from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. We believe this expanded location in Altoona will achieve those expectations and more.”

Blair Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology specialists will continue to serve patients in existing offices in Huntingdon and Bedford.

About UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center connects patients to the integrated expertise of leading clinicians, academic researchers, specialty programs and treatment centers. By partnering with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region, is accelerating the breakthroughs from the lab to clinical practice around the world. UPMC - nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in cancer care - has more than 50 cancer treatment locations throughout western Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as in Ireland, Columbia and Italy. Backed by the collective strength of UPMC, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provides leading-edge treatments and the latest in clinical investigations to transform cancer research, care and prevention — one patient at a time.

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