Hospital News

J.C. Blair Offers Safe Sitter® Classes to Area Youth

J.C. Blair Hospital joins hundreds of cities across the country that offer Safe Sitter® babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches boys and girls 11 years and older how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

Dr. Lillie Rejoins J.C. Blair Medical Staff

The board, administration, and staff of J.C. Blair Health System, Inc. are pleased to welcome family practice physician Tracy Lillie, M.D., back to the Hospital’s medical staff. Dr. Lillie will start staffing the Convenient Care Center in the Giant Plaza this week and will begin seeing her own patients later this month.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Lillie has returned to practice in our community,” said Carla Irvin, J.C. Blair Medical Services Practice Administrator. “She is well respected by our physicians and loved by her patients.”

Huntingdon Couple Gives Back

Long-time Huntingdon residents and J.C. Blair advocates Phil and Pam Thompson are making a gift of $10,000 to name a patient exam room in support of J.C. Blair’s Emergency Department expansion project.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are ‘Directors Emeriti’ of the J. C. Blair Health System Board of Directors, and Mrs. Thompson served as Board Chairman from 1996 to 1999.  The Thompsons shared, “We’ve watched the hospital go through many changes over the years, and we appreciate the efforts of both the management and staff to provide us with quality emergency care.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Surprise

Huntingdon, PA (03/4/2016) – March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and local resident Jerry Kruse had no idea that his scheduled colonoscopy screening would include a celebration. National Dress in Blue Day, promoting awareness of the fight against colorectal cancer, was Friday, March 4, and Kruse woke up in J.C. Blair’s Endoscopy Department to a gift of blue iced sugar cookies after his procedure. J.C.

J.C. Blair’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Earns Nationally Recognized Certification

Denise Sheffield, RN, CCRP recently completed all the necessary requirements to become a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP), making her the first nurse in the region to receive this designation. Sheffield serves as the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and NEXT STEP Service Leader and is encouraging and mentoring other nurses in her field to become certified.

“This is an opportunity to enhance our patients’ experience and to grow our cardiac rehab program,” Sheffield said.

Huntingdon Bar Association Gives to J.C. Blair ER Project

Huntingdon, PA (2/22/16) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation announces a gift from the Huntingdon County Bar Association in support of the Emergency Department expansion and renovation project currently underway. While Bar members are often in the public eye individually, they have elected to come together as a group to provide support for this project, which they see as valuable to our entire county and surrounding communities.

J.C. Blair Hosts Community Town Hall Meetings in Orbisonia

J.C. Blair Hospital officials invite area residents to a community town hall meeting in the Community Room of the Community State Bank in Orbisonia on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at either 3:00 P.M. or 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested by calling Vicky Huggler at (814) 643-8889 or via email

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Returns to J.C. Blair

The staff and Board of J.C. Blair Health System in Huntingdon are pleased to welcome obstetrician/gynecologist Ralph Aldinger, D.O., back to its medical staff.  Dr. Aldinger joined Dr. Norman Navarro, Dr. Joseph Meyn, and nurse practitioner Romona Shope in the J.C. Blair’s Women’s Care Center on January 4.

Mount Union Couple Sponsors J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Phase III “NEXT STEP” Program

Huntingdon, PA (12/22/15) – Ralph and Josie Park of Mount Union have committed $50,000 toward J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s new Phase III Cardiac Rehab program, NEXT STEP.  NEXT STEP is a self-monitored exercise and risk management program for those who have completed the outpatient Phase II cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Shavers Creek Grange Donates Baby Quilts to J.C. Blair

Representatives of the Shavers Creek Grange #353 delivered a handmade quilt to newborn Rowen Taylor Raffensberger of Mount Union. Rowen, son of Kimberly Houck and Sam Raffensberger, was born at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital on December 3, 2015 at 9:42 a.m., weighing six pounds, seven ounces. Pictured with Rowen, left to right, are his mother Kimberly; Beverly Fitzgerald; J.C. Blair maternity nurse Sabrina Waters, RN; and Vanessa Locke with other handmade quilts donated for J.C. Blair newborns by the Shavers Creek Grange.