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Our Community. Our Community Hospital.
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Someday iS now.
A YeAr in reviewThis is the time for laying the groundwork for J.C. Blairs next hundred years. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is imperative that we prepare for the expected changes and continue to best serve our community. This translates to acquiring the resources needed to meet our mission.
Our Board and administrative leadership are solid in our commitment to this community. Our vision is to bring physicians and services back to J.C. Blair that we have lost over the years. We have explored a number of solutions and have narrowed our focus on a potential partnership with PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg.
Pinnacle is the only potential partner that has consistently assured us that we share the same mission to bring medical services to our patients in Huntingdon County, to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place, which is here at home where our patients live.
As we move forward with this potential partnership and work through the details, we need the trust and support of our community. The residents in our community must be confident in choosing J.C. Blair when they need health care. Choose a J.C. Blair physician. Choose to use our lab, our medical imaging, emergency and maternity services.
J.C. Blair excels in the services we offer our community. This year, our Womens Imaging Center became the first and only imaging center in the region to offer digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), the highest quality screening available for the early detection of breast cancer. Our Echocardiography Program was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for its quality patient care in compliance with national standards. Our occupational health director is the only certified medical examiner in the region qualified to provide required commercial drivers license physicals. This community has a lot to take pride in, when considering what this small-town, community hospital has to offer.
If we do not have the support of our community, J.C. Blair will not be able to continue to operate, with or without a partner. The impact of closing J.C. Blair would be devastating to this community. The loss of more than 500 jobs, supporting an annual payroll of $25 million, which is invested in this communitys businesses, real estate and services, would be insurmountable.
We all have a stake in the success of J.C. Blair in this community. Lets work together to strengthen J.C. Blair so that we can be here for the next 100 years.
Frances V. Vaughn Lisa M. Mallon Chair of the Board President and CEO
tHe CHoiCe iS youRs.
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One in every seven women in the United States will
develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Thats a scary
statistic. However, when breast cancer is diagnosed
at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is
97 percent. The Womens Imaging Center at
J.C. Blair offers the latest technology so our patients
have the best chance of a positive outcome. We also
work with the Hospital Foundation to increase
awareness of breast cancer so that women and
men in our community understand how regular
screening can save lives.
The Womens Imaging Center became the first
and only imaging center in the region to offer
3D mammography, also known as digital breast
tomosynthesis. This new technology converts digital
breast images into a three-dimensional mammogram
that allows the radiologist to examine breast tissue
one layer at a time. The radiologist can spot very
small cancers, increasing a breast cancer patients
chances for survival. A screening trial reported that
breast tomosynthesis plus digital mammography
provided a 27 percent improvement in cancer
detection rates, with a 40 percent increase in invasive
improving WomenS HealtH now.
3D mammography may rule out worrysome false positives,
reducing the number of women who are called back for a
in addition to the most up-to-date technology in breast imaging, J.C. Blair provides women with privacy, respect, genuine compassion, patient comfort and convenience. we are very fortunate to have this type of facility in our small town. thank you, J.C. Blair, for being there for the women of huntingdon County.
Lisa Heath, Mill Creek, PA
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Our technicians conduct a tomosynthesis exam at
the same time as the regular digital mammogram.
During the tomosynthesis part of the exam, the
camera sweeps over the breast, taking multiple
images in just seconds and creates a 3D image of the
breast tissue in one-millimeter layers, allowing the
radiologist to see breast tissue details that are hidden
in a flat image.
3D mammography is a wonderful example of
neighbors helping neighbors. The purchase of
this equipment was made possible by a leadership
donation from Mrs. Margaret Peg Pettinger
through our Hospital Foundation. The 2013
Pennsylvania Pink Zone basketball events also raised
$20,000 for our womens breast health initiatives.
The Womens Imaging Center performs more
than 4,000 mammograms each year, offering high-
quality screening and diagnostic medical care in a
compassionate manner to all women who live in, work
in, or visit Huntingdon and surrounding areas.
J.C. Blairs mammography team of Jaime
weikert, Penny Shope and Jenny Doyle make
the mammography experience as comfortable
as possible, treating each patient with
courtesy, respect, sensitivity and support.
A small hospital with a big hearti recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and need to express my sincere gratitude to the mammography department at J.C. Blair memorial hospital. As each step of my journey progressed, the department worked quickly in scheduling and performing necessary tasks and procedures i needed. within 18 days, the tumor was found, diagnosed, and removed.
i beg everyone who has been putting off making their mammogram appointment or who has never had one done to please make an appointment. i am living proof early detection works. Because my tumor was small and found early, my treatment should be minimal. you need to know that if you would ever be facing such a diagnosis, you will receive the best care and compassion possible from the trained professionals here. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming and emotional, but being surrounded and cared for by these people made me feel comforted and that things would be oK.
our local hospital is a small hospital with a big heart, and that is one of the reasons i am so thankful to call huntingdon my home.
Michele (Kalos) Rupert, Huntingdon
(L to r) Boomer, Michelle,
erick, Sam, Matthew, and
Maria Pettinger M.D.,
Chief radiologist, helped
to bring 3D imaging to
J.C. Blair. The Center
now offers extended
hours for the working
women in our community.
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Thinking Pink at J.C. Blair
Most people are aware of breast cancer, and even know
that early detection is vital. Still, women who are busy
balancing the demands of career and family often need
a reminder that they should take action to protect
their health. The Hospital and our Foundation strive
to help women in our community remember to make
the necessary appointments.
Grants from the Susan G. Komen, Pittsburgh and
the American Cancer Society to the Alliance for Breast
Care at J.C. Blair underwrote grants to promote
Breast Cancer Awareness Month locally. This included
a Wear Pink Day luncheon and supplies for the
digital mammography suite.
We also sponsored events for community residents
to learn more about prevention, screening and the
importance of early detection of breast cancer. The
hospital held a mammography screening day and
womens health fair, including convenient Saturday
morning hours and weekday evening appointments.
Our Wear Pink Luncheon was held at Juniata
Colleges Ellis Hall. The featured speaker, David
Arbutina, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the
Breast Cancer & Womens Health Institute in Central
Pennsylvania, discussed The Myths of Breast Cancer.
the womens Imaging Center became the first and only imaging center in the region to offer 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, providing a 27 percent improvement in cancer detection rates.
The 2013 Pennsylvania Pink Zone basketball events raised $20,000
for our womens breast health initiatives.
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Dr. Lawrence Wallace opened the Orthopedic Care
Center on Wednesday August 1, and on Thursday,
August 2, Huntingdon resident Beth Crownover was
glad he did! Beth fell in her garden and immediately
knew she seriously injured her ankle. She never
expected what the x-ray showed, though a serious
trimalleolar ankle fracture.
At our ER, Dr. Wallace was paged, and arrived