Hospital News

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.

J.C. Blair Foundation Golf Tourney to Benefit New Cath Lab

Huntingdon, PA, 6/9/17 – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting its 19th annual golf tournament on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the American Legion Country Club in Mount Union. Tee off time is at 12 noon. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the new $2.8 million heart catheterization lab at  J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.

J.C. Blair Adopts Proven Program at Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

J.C. Blair certified lifestyle coaches will kick off a free Prevent T2 program on June 27 at 4:30 p.m. in J.C. Blair’s Education Center at 860 Bryan Street in Huntingdon. The year-long program is designed for people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to learn the skills they need to prevent the onset of diabetes. Anyone interested in participating can call (814) 643-8640 or email to register.

General Surgeon Joins JC Blair Surgical Care Center

Huntingdon, PA (6/1/2017) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is pleased to announce the appointment of general surgeon I. Darrell Pugh, D.O., to its medical staff. Dr. Pugh joined J.C. Blair's Surgical Care Center team on June 1, 2017.  He brings specialized skills in advanced laparoscopic, minimally invasive, surgical procedures which complements J.C. Blair’s already excellent surgical team and facilities. 

J.C. Blair Plans Heart Catheterization Lab Ribbon Cutting May 30

Huntingdon, PA (5/16/2017) – On Tuesday, May 30, J.C. Blair Health System will celebrate the completion of the new heart catheterization lab at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Health System and elected officials will cut the ceremonial ribbon in the hospital’s main lobby at 4 p.m., followed by tours of the new facility until 6 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are appreciated by calling (814) 643-8548 or emailing

Traffic Delays Possible near Juniata Valley High School on Wednesday, May 3 for National Bike to School Day

Drivers traveling on Rt 305 between Petersburg and Alexandria on Wednesday, May 3, may encounter possible traffic delays between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Students from Juniata Valley School District will be participating in the 6th Annual National Bike to School Day and will be biking to school during these times.  Additionally, students will be riding back to the fire halls at 3:00 p.m.

Approximately 30 students will be biking to school Wednesday, May 3, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

New Orthopedic Surgeon Enhances J.C. Blair's Orthopedic Program

Huntingdon, PA (4/20/2017) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of orthopedic surgeon Robert Singer, D.O., to its medical staff. “The addition of Dr. Singer to our orthopedic team demonstrates a strong commitment to growing our orthopedic program at J.C. Blair,” said Jason Hawkins, J.C. Blair President and CEO.