Some Altoona Regional Health System nurses and other community leaders delivered a petition Thursday to hospital executives urging them to slow down the merger process with UPMC.
The petition contained more than 2,200 names. The organizers say they want the community to have input regarding the future of health care services locally before Altoona Regional and UPMC join forces.
The unionized group has stepped-up their efforts in recent days to educate the community about the process. The group is worried that once the affiliation takes place, UPMC will no longer welcome Highmark Health Insurance – which covers more than 30,000 people living in Blair County.
UPMC and Highmark have been at odds since both insurers now plan to operate their own hospitals in Pittsburgh. A hospital spokesperson has said that officials don’t expect an insurance dispute to develop.
The affiliation is tentatively set to begin on July 1st.
Monday March 10th
Dr. Gabe Mirkin
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Tuesday March 11th
Wednesday March 12th
Master Gardener Tom Ford
Leather Lounge Chair
love seat-type, made for 2,
has two seperate sections,
white, 2 years old, from a non-pet,
non-smoking home - $200
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Nintendo Wii U
new in box, latest edition - $275
Wednesday March 5th
Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission
Fundraising Talent Bank
Deadline for applications March 10th
Alto Model Train Museum Association Scalefest
Sunday March 9th 9am to 2pm