Health & Human Services
The past few years have highlighted the importance of having quality healthcare options close to home. Huntingdon County is fortunate to have access to several excellent healthcare providers. Penn Highlands Huntingdon, formerly J.C. Blair Hospital, is a 71-bed non-profit community hospital. Founded in 1911 by Kate Fisher Blair, the widow of local industrial magnate John Chalmers Blair, the hospital joined Penn Highlands Healthcare in 2019. 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.
Employing over 400 people and nearly 40 physicians, Penn Highlands Huntingdon offers 24/7/365 care to the local community. Services include an always-open emergency room, medical, surgical, pediatric, intensive care, urgent care, medical imaging, wound care, integrated behavioral health, plus a host of inpatient and outpatient services. Major investments have been made over the past few years, including an emergency department expansion, adding a heart catheterization lab which allows cardiologists to perform minimally invasive heart catheterization procedures locally, plus the services of an 80-slice CT scanner and 3D digital mammography.
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 located 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.
Broad Top Area Health and Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing both primary and preventative health care services to area residents through seven Huntingdon County locations.
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 UPMC Home Health, Home Instead Senior Care, and Team Home Health.