Hospital News

Tobacco Cessation Program Starts Dec 14

Huntingdon, PA (12/7/2017) – For many folks, this is the time of year for baking, shopping and making holiday preparations. Much emphasis is placed on helping and giving to others. One way we can give to others and help ourselves at the same time is to make positive changes to improve our own health.

Pulmonologist Joins JC Blair Medical Staff

Huntingdon, PA (11/13/2017) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of pulmonologist Robert Gillio, M.D. to its medical staff. Dr. Gillio will serve as the medical director for the health system’s new Pulmonary Care Center in which he will oversee a new program of lung disease education, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Fellowship trained at the Mayo Clinic, he brings years of clinical experience, having practiced in Pittsburgh, Lancaster, and Penn State Hershey. He complements pulmonologist Jeff Ratner, M.D.

J.C. Blair Invites Community to Annual Breakfast Meeting

The Board of Directors of the J.C. Blair Health System, Inc., a PinnacleHealth Affiliate, extends an invitation to area residents to attend the 2017 Annual Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 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. 

JC Blair Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ask the Experts about Breast Health at Wear Pink Day Luncheon Oct 20

Ob/Gyn Joins JC Blair Medical Staff

Huntingdon, PA (9/18/2017) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of obstetrician/gynecologist Diane Adams, D.O., FACOOG, to its medical staff. Dr. Adams joined Broad Top Area Medical Center’s Women’s Care Center in August.  She brings specialized skills in minimally invasive hysterectomy and advanced surgical techniques which complements the obstetrics and gynecology team of Ralph Aldinger, D.O., and Romona Shope, CRNP.

J.C. Blair & Huntingdon PennDOT Employees Team Up for Kids

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the employees of Huntingdon PennDOT partnered to offer a free bike raffle at the Hospital’s Huntingdon County Fair booth.  Winners this year were Katelyn Kyper, age 7, of Huntingdon and Carson Riley, age 8, also of Huntingdon. Each year Huntingdon PennDOT employees collect donations to purchase the bikes for the fair. Bike helmets were also provided to both winners. Over 600 children entered the bike drawing this year.

Nurses Recognize Longtime Ob/Gyn Physician

Maternity nurse Sabrina Waters, RN, and Director of Maternal Health Services Rita Notestine, RN, adjusted a plaque hung in the maternity department at J.C. Blair Hospital recognizing J.C. Blair Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Ken Lee for his 37 years of service at J.C. Blair. Dr. Lee most recently worked for J.C. Blair’s Women’s Gynecological Care Center which closed July 1.

Pediatrician Joins J.C. Blair Medical Staff

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of pediatrician Joseph A. Castel, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Castel joined Broad Top Area Medical Center’s Pediatric Care Center on July 10, 2017.  He brings specialized skills and interest in mental health and nutrition which complements the already excellent pediatric team at J.C. Blair. 

J.C. Blair Prepares for Safe Fireworks Viewing

Huntingdon, PA, 6/29/17 – Many area residents enjoy the Huntingdon fireworks display from the large parking lot at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital each year. Concerned for patient access and safety, as well as the safety of those viewing the fireworks, hospital administration and security and safety staff will be restricting the number of vehicles and the time vehicles will be permitted to access the hospital property for fireworks viewing this year.

J.C. Blair Promotes Dimm to CEO Position

In its monthly June meeting, the J.C. Blair Health System Board of Directors voted to promote chief operating officer Adam Dimm to chief executive officer (CEO), effective July 1, 2017. Current CEO Jason Hawkins and chief financial officer (CFO) Deborah Shughart will continue as consultants for a period of time for special projects, as needed.