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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Mormon missionaries take to the streets to share their faith / FREE INSIDE SPORTS: Steelers sign defensive backs Dewayne Washington, Chad Scott /_ LIFE: A new plug can help hold back the tears and retain moisture in dry eyes / DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2001 ALTOONA HOSPITAL EXPANSION Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Dr. Scott Magley of Altoona Hospital explains how the resuscitation equipment will operate in the facility's new emergency wing. Four of the beds have computers that will allow personnel to access medical records without leaving the patients. Emergency room going high-tech - ■ When it’s completed, the new helicopter pad will be closer to the emergency room and will save time in treating patients. By William Kibler Staff Writer Altoona Hospital has been working to make this area a better place to get hurt in. The hospital is halfway fmished with its yearlong $6 million emergency room expansion 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 two-story, 18,000-square-foot emergency suite — with decorative block outside and purple, aqua and lime-green accents within — next 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 will go from ll beds for emergencies to about 20. The hospital has expanded emergency services 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 rapidly. Please see Room/Page AIQ 50C newsstand Cambria hospitals ink pact By Linda Hudkins 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 transferred,’’ said Raymond Ponchione, chairman of Miners’ board of directors. “What it is is an opportunity to enhance the clinical services, provide operational and fiscal management assistance and, most importantly, continue to serve the health care needs of the northern Cambria County community.” Richard Salluzzo, Conemaugh Health System chief executive officer, said a Conemaugh representative will be added to Miners' board of directors and a representative from Miners will join the Conemaugh board. “This [affiliation] will help us ensure that the best interests of the northern Cambria County community are being met and to give the leaders at Miners Hospital a better understanding of the entire Conemaugh Health System,” 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 community 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 Hastings Industrial Park just outside Hastings Borough. — Conemaugh ^gg^Health System HffjlVUNERS 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 pending negotiations, even as recently as last week, when its board was scheduled to meet. Instead, the meeting was delayed until Thursday, just hours after Conemaugh voted to approve the affiliation. Conemaugh operates a community health clinic on Route 219 a few miles from Miners. No information was available late Thursday about whether the new affiliation would result in any changes in that facility. The affiliation, according to information released by Conemaugh. will allow Miners to benefit from enhanced clinical services, initially in orthopedics; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Working together with a larger health system will bring to Miners the benefits of eeonomy-of-scale purchase power and supply chain and revenue cycle management expertise, Conemaugh said. A performance improvement process, already successful in reducing inefficiencies and improving timeliness and quality throughout the Conemaugh Health System, also will benefit Miners. “This is a natural extension of our providing care within our primary service area of Cambria and Somerset counties,” Salluzzo said. “We are excited about the affiliation with Miners and its excellent staff, physicians, community board and facilities. “We are confident our relationship will further enhance care in the community.” PSU parents upset by tuition increase By Craig Williams Staff Writer Orientation helps incoming students 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, Penn State University’s board of trustees approved an 8 percent tuition hike. The price increase, the highest for the university in IO years, added about $500 to tuition bills for freshmen and sophomores. “I think it’s a little late for this semester,” said Betty Fletcher of Beech Creek, whose son is starting 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 Tuition/Page A5 SENT HOME U.S. fugitive Ira Einhorn sits in a police car in Champaigne-Mouton, France, waiting to be extradited to the United States. Einhorn was convicted in absentia for the 1977 bludgeoning murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, in Pennsylvania. Please see story, Page Cl. The Associated Press Huntingdon shocked by doc’s abuse arrest BY KEVIN OTT AND PHIL 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 intercourse, sexual abuse of a child, aggravated indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. He was placed in the Huntingdon County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bond. “We were absolutely shocked. People just didn’t believe it,” said Dr. Richard Buza, a family practitioner and chief of staff at J.C, Blair Memorial Hospital. 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