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J.C. Blair Names Dr. Ronald Long Medical Director of Convenient Care Center

Huntingdon, PA (1/31/2019) – J.C. Blair Health System, Inc. in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald Long, M.D. as the new medical director of J.C. Blair’s Urgent Care Center located in the Convenient Care Center in the Giant Plaza on Route 22 in Huntingdon. He joined the staff of the hospital’s urgent care center in January when Dr. Keith Sutton retired. Dr. Sutton will continue to work part time at the center.

Five Ways CRNA’s Provide Safe & Effective Anesthesia Care for Every Patient

Huntingdon, PA (1/18/2019) – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) will be educating the public about the role CRNAs take in providing safe and effective anesthesia care for every patient during the 20th annual National CRNA Week celebration taking place January 20-26, 2019.

CRNAs’ emphasis on safe, effective anesthesia care highlights one of the many hallmarks of nurse anesthesia; in fact, it is the motto of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Five ways CRNAs make a difference every day include:

General Surgeon Joins JC Blair Surgical Care Center

Huntingdon, PA (1/14/2019) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of general surgeon W. Matthew Harris, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Harris joined J.C. Blair's Surgical Care Center team on January 7, 2019.  He brings specialized skills in advanced laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgical procedures as well as surgical expertise in upper and lower gastrointestinal, soft tissue, hernia, breast and oncologic procedures, trauma and critical care.

J.C. Blair Offers Free Diabetes Self-Management Classes

Huntingdon, PA (11/16/18) – November is American Diabetes Month and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is recognizing this occasion by kicking off a new series of free diabetes self-management classes. The hospital has announced its 2018-19 schedule of free morning and evening classes, starting with a morning series beginning Thursday, November 27.  One class is held every week for four weeks from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center located at 860 Bryan Street, across the parking lot from the Hospital.

JC Blair Closed Maternity Unit

November 7, 2018

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon closed its maternity unit and no longer delivers babies. Pregnant women in the area requiring labor and delivery services need to go to the nearest hospital that delivers babies, which may be UPMC Altoona, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring, Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College or Chambersburg Hospital.

J.C. Blair Invites Community to Annual Breakfast Meeting

Huntingdon, PA (11/5/18) –The Board of Directors of the J.C. Blair Health System, Inc. extends an invitation to area residents to attend the 2018 Annual Community Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center on the Hospital’s campus in Huntingdon. The meeting will feature hospital leadership sharing highlights of the past fiscal year and plans for the future. 

In addition, grant awards for the hospital’s mental health and substance abuse initiatives will be officially announced  

J.C. Blair’s Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence

Huntingdon, PA  10/29/18 – The Wound Healing Center at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Campaign from October 29 to November 2. J.C. Blair offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Team members across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education on the treatment of potential or existing chronic wounds for people living with diabetes.

J.C. BLAIR SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR AFFILIATION WITH PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE; ENDS MERGER TALKS WITH POST ACUTE MEDICAL, LLC

Huntingdon/DuBois, PA – The Boards of Directors of both J. C. Blair Health System, Inc. and Penn Highlands Healthcare have signed a Letter of Intent, or LOI, to negotiate an affiliation agreement between the two entities that would integrate J. C. Blair into the Penn Highlands Healthcare system.

JC Blair Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Huntingdon, PA (9/28/18) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Women’s Imaging Center of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is hosting its sixth annual Cindy Taylor Memorial Wear Pink Luncheon on Friday, October 12, at 12:00 noon in the Ellis Hall Ballroom at Juniata College. This year’s luncheon will feature Scott Wise, M.D., Tristan Radiology Breast Imaging Specialist, presenting a program called Breast Cancer: Not your mother’s enemy. Tickets are $15, and available for purchase at the J.C.

JC Blair to Close Maternity Unit November 7

Huntingdon, PA (9/21/18) Hospital officials announced today that J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital will no longer deliver babies after November 6, 2018. The decision comes after years of financial challenges and declining births. “While this is a very difficult and emotional decision for the hospital board, administration and staff, we feel it is a necessary decision to ensure the sustainability of the hospital and essential services needed by the community we serve,” said Interim Administrator Joe Myers.

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