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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.
Blair Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology specialists will continue to serve patients in existing offices in Huntingdon and Bedford.
About UPMC Hillman Cancer CenterUPMC 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.