The health care sector continues to undergo major structural changes, both locally and nationally. Advances in technology, greater medical understanding and an expectation of easy access to treatments and procedures has built pressure on medical facilities throughout the country to meet these challenges. Many smaller hospitals have merged with larger health care providers to provide access to technology, administrative services and medical specialists that a stand-alone hospital would struggle to provide.
In the past year, the former J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon, a 71-bed non-profit facility that was founded in 1911, joined Penn Highlands Healthcare and became Penn Highlands Huntingdon. Penn Highlands Healthcare, formed in 2011, then comprised of Penn Highland’s Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, and Elk County locations. Together the five hospitals of the system strive to provide exceptional quality, safety and service. Under the Penn Highlands mantle, the hospitals benefit greatly from large scale purchasing, operational efficiencies, and physician recruitment and retention.
Employing over 400 people, including 40 physicians, Penn Highlands Huntingdon offers 24/7/365 care to the local community. Services include medical, surgical, pediatric, and intensive care, an always-open emergency room, urgent care, medical imaging, wound care, integrated behavioral health, plus a host of inpatient and outpatient services.
Geisinger Health System, one of the largest rural health care organizations in the country, provides local residents access to their network of providers via their Cold Springs facility in Huntingdon. Geisinger offers family medicine, internal medicine, rheumatology and women’s health appointments locally.
Team Home Health, operated by Fulton County Medical Center, offers a variety of services to residents of Huntingdon County from their office on Warm Springs Road in Huntingdon. Their services include physical and occupational therapy, medical and surgical nursing services, medical social services, and speech language pathology.
An extensive network of other health care providers are focused on meeting the needs of area residents, offering services such as dental, vision, hearing, podiatry, renal care, and physical therapy. Several local businesses providing access to rehabilitation services and in-home nursing help seniors add years of independence in their own home. Area providers offering rehabilitative and/or home health services include Helpmates, Home Instead Senior Care, and Team Home Health.