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Welcome to the new UPMC Altoona Foundation website. We hope you will find our new enhanced web presence more appealing and easier to use. We are adding photos of our events so our friends and supporters can get a glimpse of the fun events the Foundation sponsors, all of which raise funds to support UPMC Altoona.

We will also use this page to provide monthly updates on fundraising progress and stories of the impact of the generosity of you, our friends and supporters.

Thank you for all that you do to support UPMC Altoona and our Foundation.


Click on the link below to see Mario Lemieux dedicate UPMC Altoona’s Austin’s Playroom. Austin’s Playroom is a gift of the Mario Lemieux Foundation to UPMC Altoona. Dedicated Sept. 12, 2016, the playroom features games, toys, iPads, books, table top hockey, a sand table, and kid friendly furniture, all for ages 3 to 12 years old. Families are welcome to bring their youngsters to visit the playroom from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the playroom, which is located to the left of the main elevators on the fifth floor of the Outpatient Building.

View the video on Vimeo here

from crashes

The UPMC Altoona Foundation has donated funds to provide new Hurst Jaws of Life® vehicle extraction tools to the Altoona Fire Department. The tools will enable fire rescue personnel to more quickly and safely extract victims from motor vehicle crashes.

“These tools help to give patients better odds of recovery after a trauma by preserving more of the golden hour after injury,” says Matthew Bouchard, MD, chairman of the Department of Emergency Services at UPMC Altoona. “The first hour after a major injury is the optimal timeframe to treat a trauma patient.”

Many newer vehicles have high strength materials that the fire department’s older hydraulic equipment is unable to cut effectively. The new tools have significantly greater flexibility of use.

raises $10,000

Robert “Pink Bob” Strawser — the executive director of Mission and
Patient Experience at UPMC Altoona — worked tirelessly during
the month of October to raise more than $5,000 to support the
fight against breast cancer.

He wore pink every day in October and led numerous events at
UPMC Altoona to help raise funds and awareness.

The UPMC Altoona Foundation was pleased to match the gifts of
Bob’s co-workers with a check for $5,017.



As part of the UPMC Lend A Hand initiative, UPMC Altoona employees are encouraged to help other members of the community through efforts such as the Toasty Toddler program of Blair County United Way’s Family Resource Center.

In recent months, UPMC Altoona employees and volunteers have strived to top 2015’s generous donation of more than 200 new coats, plus hats (some hand-crocheted), gloves, scarves, and $60 in cash. The Toasty Toddler program distributes the warm winter outerwear to needy area infants and toddlers.