Hospital News

Romona Shope, CRNP

J.C. Blair Women’s Care Center Welcomes Nurse Practitioner

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of obstetrician/gynecologist nurse practitioner Romona Shope, RNC, CRNP, to its medical staff. She joined Drs. Norman Navarro and Joseph Meyn in J.C. Blair’s Women’s Care Center. “Romona is a welcome addition to J.C. Blair Women’s Care Center,” said J.C. Blair Medical Services Practice Administrator Kim McGraw. “She will be the perfect complement to Drs. Navarro and Meyn.”

Jennifer Jones, MPH

The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair Sponsors 8th Annual Wear Red Luncheon

February is Heart Health Month and The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair is teaming up with J.C. Blair’s Women’s Heart Health Initiative to sponsor the eighth annual Wear Red Day Luncheon on Friday, February 13, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Ellis Hall Ballroom at Juniata College. The featured speaker will be Jennifer Jones, MPH, Community Engagement Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. Her presentation is entitled “My Heart, My Health, My Center.” Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at J.C.

J.C. Blair Anesthesia Department Celebrates CRNA Week

In recognition of their profession’s long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon and across the country are celebrating the 16th annual National CRNA Week, January 25-31, 2015, with the unified mantra “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care.”

New Advanced Cardiology Test now at J.C. Blair

J.C. Blair’s team of cardiologists will soon have a new tool to view the heart and its chambers with the purchase of a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) probe.

J.C. Blair Registered Dietitians and Community Health and Wellness Coordinator educated students in Mapleton Union Elementary School about the importance of good nutrition and fitness for eight weeks through a grant program funded by the Department of Human Services.

J.C. Blair Staff Educate Students on Healthy Food and Fitness

J.C. Blair recently finished an educational program at Mapleton Union Elementary School called "Power Panther Pals," demonstrating good decision-making is essential to long-term health and fitness.

FCMC and J.C. Blair Announce Combined Leadership

Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) and J.C. Blair Health System today announced they have executed an agreement for a common leadership team. The agreement takes effect on January 30, 2015, and subcontracts two FCMC leaders to J.C. Blair on a part-time basis. Both FCMC Chief Executive Officer Jason Hawkins and Chief Financial Officer Deborah Shughart will oversee both organizations’ operations, but each organization’s governance will remain independent.

Linda Carpenter

J.C. Blair Names New Executive Director of Foundation

The Foundation to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s board is pleased to announce Linda Carpenter as the new Executive Director of Development and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation is a non-profit, independent corporation whose sole mission is to provide financial support for J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. This support is used to provide new equipment for the hospital and to enhance health care programs in Huntingdon County.

Russ Sharpless, PA-C

J.C. Blair Welcomes Well-Known Physician’s Assistant to Primary Care Center

J.C. Blair Medical Services, Inc. is pleased to announce Physician’s Assistant Russ Sharpless will be joining the physicians and staff of J.C. Blair’s Primary Care Center, located on the hospital campus, in the new year. “Russ has been a local provider for many years and everyone respects him,” shared J.C. Blair President and CEO Lisa Mallon. “We are happy to have him join our Primary Care Center and continue to offer the exceptional care he provides to his patients.”

J.C. Blair Offers Tips for New Year’s Resolutions in January

With the new year quickly approaching, new year’s resolutions are often looked to as a way to bring on exciting changes in the new year. J.C. Blair offers some tips to help you keep your new year’s resolutions.

For a healthier you, set smaller goals that will lead to your larger resolution. By setting smaller goals, you are able to stay motivated and celebrate the progress you are making. 

J.C. Blair Auxiliary’s Gala Supports Purchase of New Anesthesia Equipment

The 2014 Monte Carlo Ball, the annual signature fundraising event for J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary, was a huge success due to the support of many members of the community and numerous corporate sponsors. Because of the generosity of those individuals and businesses, the Auxiliary was able to raise and donate over $57,000 to the hospital. For over 100 years, the Auxiliary has provided funds to enhance, update, and augment its healthcare services. This year the money raised was earmarked for new anesthesia machines.

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