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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY REU080N: Mormon missionaries take to the streets to share their faith FiREi SPORTS: Steelers sign defensive backs Dewayne Washington, Chad Scott Bi LIRE: A new plug can help hold back the tears and retain moisture in dry eyes Alt0ona Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2001 newsstand ALTOONA HOSPITAL EXPANSION "IS "sto> Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Dr. Scott Magley of Altoona Hospital explains how the resuscitation equipment will operate in the facility's new emer- gency wing. Four of the beds have computers that will allow personnel to access medical records without leaving the patients'. Emergency room going high-tech tt K BY WILLIAM KIBI.KH Staff Writer Itoona Hospital has been working to i make this area a better place to get hurt tin. The hospital is halfway finished with its yearlong million emergency room expan- sion and upgrade, which includes installing equipment such as digital X-ray technology that allows doctors to see and treat problems faster and better. Hospital workers will move Tuesday into a When it's completed, the new heli- two-story, emergency suite copter pad will he closer to the emer- _ with decorative block outside and purple, gency room and will save time in aqua and lime-green accents within next treating patients. to the old emergency suite. Then workers will close off and renovate the old emergency rooms, finishing and reopening a new integrated center around Christmas The hospital wul go from u beds for emer- gencies to about 20. The hospital has expanded emergency ser- vices not for profit it probably only will break even but as a community resource, needed especially as traffic and development increases along Interstate 99 and toward State College, said Dr. Scott Magley, head of emergency services. In the past year, the number of emergency patients treated at Altoona has increased Please see A10 Cambria hospitals ink pact BY LINDA HUUKINS For the Mirror HASTINGS Miners Hospital officials agreed unanimously Thursday night to enter into an affiliation with Johnstown-based Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh approved the deal earlier in the day. "This is not an ownership model, and no assets will be said Raymond Ponchione, chair- man of Miners' board of directors. "What it is is an opportunity to enhance the clinical services, pro- vide operational and fiscal man- agement assistance and, most importantly, continue to servo the health care needs of the northern Cambria County community." Richard Salluzzo, Coneinaugh Health System chief executive offi- cer, said a Conemaugh representa- tive be added to Miners' board of directors and a representative from Miners will join the Cone- maugh board. "This [affiliation] will help us ensure that the best interests of the northern Cambria County comm- unity are being met and lo give the leaders at Miners Hospital a better understanding of the entire Cone- maugh Health Salluzzo said. That understanding is among Conemaugh's strengths, proven through earlier affiliations with Myersdale Medical Center and Windber Medical Center, both in Somerset County, Salluzzo said. "Community boards from each entity remain intact" under the agreement, he said. "They are involved in the com- munity and provide the direction, focus and vigilance to ensure that decisions are in the best interest of that community." Miners, a 30-bed hospital, moved into a state-of-the-art, single-level facility about two years ago, replacing an aging monolithic complex of buildings in former Spangler Borough. The new facility is in the Has- tings Industrial Park just outside Hastings Borough. Conemaugh System The hospital has.been-.no stranger to operating losses over the years and was affiliated with Altoona Hospital for several years until April. Miners had played its search for a new affiliate close to the vest', declining to comment on any pend- ing negotiations, even as recently as last week, when its board was scheduled to meet. Instead, the meeting was delayed until Thursday, just hours after Coneinaugh voted to approve the affiliation. Conemaugh operates a commu- nity health clinic on Route 219 a few miles from Miners. No infor- mation was available late Thursday about whether the new affiliation would result in any changes in that facility. The affiliation, according to information released by Cone- maugh, will allow Miners to bene- fit from enhanced clinical services, initially in orthopedics; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Working together with a larger healUi system will bring to Miners the benefits of economy-of-scale purchase power and supply chain and revenue cycle management expertise, Conemaugh said. A performance improvement process, already successful in reducing inefficiencies and im- proving timeliness and quality throughout the Conemaugh Health System, also will benefit Miners. "This is a natural extension of our providing care within our pri- mary service area of Cambria and Somerset Salluzzo said. "We are excited about the affilia- tion with Miners and its excellent staff, physicians, community board and facilities. "We are confident our-relation- ship will further enhance care in the community." PSU parents upset by tuition increase Bv CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Orientation helps incoming stu- dents and their parents sort through the red tape of college life. But Thursday at Penn State Altoona, class schedules and books weren't the only thing on parents' minds. Earlier this week, Perni State University's board of trustees approved an 8 percent tuition hike. The price increase, the highest for the university in 10 years, added about to tuition bills for freshmen and sophomores. "I think it's a little late for this said Betty Fletcher of Beech Creek, whose son is start- ing his first year at Penn State Altoona. "There is an awful lot of planning that has to go into putting a child through college." Penn State President Graham Spanier has said state funding Please see AS SENT HOME U.S. fugitive Ira Einhorn sits in a police car in Champaign e- Mouton, France, waiting to be extradited to the United States. Einhpm was convicted in absentia for the 1977 bludgeoning nmrderof his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, in Pennsylvania. Please see story, Paged. The Associated Press Huntingdon shocked by doc's abuse arrest BY KEVIN OTT AND PHIJ, RAY Staff Writers HUNTINGDON To some, Dr. Thomas R. Meloy was "kindly and mild-mannered." To others, the retired emergency room doctor was "a most unfriendly person." But his supporters and detractors in Huntingdon agreed on one thing Thursday: No one suspected that Meloy would be accused of child molestation. Meloy's colleagues and neighbors expressed shock and disbelief upon finding out that state police arrested the 67-year-old, charging him with involuntary deviate sexual inter- course, sexual abuse of a child, aggra- vated indecent assault, indecent expo- sure and corruption of a minor. He was placed in the Huntingdon County Prison in lieu of bond. "We were absolutely shocked. People just didn't believe said Dr. Richard Buza, a family practitioner and chief of staff at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. Please see A6 't, DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (GOfl) 287-4480 BttFOUR 6 7 i'8) 8 I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 PT NOW IN STOCK! A9 Prices As Low As Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Sunscreen Glass, CO A More Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. 0 NATION Classifieds C3-12 B4 Scoreboard Comics _ _ DS CornmuniFy news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSIDE IN NATION The House approved President Bush's initiative' expanding religious charities' access to federal funds Thursday. PAGE C1 I
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