From: Jan Fisher, President of UPMC Altoona and Bedford
UPMC Bedford is committed to providing high-quality health care services aligned to our communities’ health needs. As our patients’ needs change over time, we are always evaluating how to best deliver UPMC services across the region.
With this time of year typically being the busiest for the hospital, staff from the intensive care unit (ICU) have transitioned to other hospital departments to assist with the higher volume of patients requiring acute inpatient admissions. These transitions were made in order to continue to provide high quality inpatient care to those with conditions we could safely manage and treat at UPMC Bedford. To provide the highest quality patient care environment and experiences possible, patients needing to be admitted for an ICU-level of care will be transferred from UPMC Bedford to either UPMC Altoona or another facility providing this higher level of care, only temporarily during this high-census time. We expect to continue providing intensive care level inpatient services at UPMC Bedford and for those services to resume upon evaluation by hospital leadership.
UPMC Bedford continues to recruit nurses, patient care technicians, and other health care professionals to our hospital to expand our complement of regional care services. We are always evaluating our services to ensure we’re providing the highest and safest level of care for every patient, every time.