The Altoona Regional Health System became UPMC Altoona overnight – and is now part of a $10-billion organization that consistently ranks as one of the best hospital groups in the nation.
The merger still needs final approval from state regulators.
UPMC is also taking control of all the hospital’s affiliated companies, its debts and its assets – including the former Bon Secours Hospital property. Officials say the merger will be beneficial to the community because patients will have more access to specialized medical services while the hospital will benefit from the financial strength of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The hospital sent out its first news release over the weekend that included a new logo – but a spokesperson says the re-branding and cosmetic changes will occur over time.
A town hall has been scheduled for July 9th – that’s when hospital officials and local representatives will meet with the community to discuss changes and answer questions.
That meeting gets underway at 6:00PM at the Altoona High School auditorium.
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