Saving lives takes a team of professionals that are available and ready to help. This includes first responders, local fire and ambulance associations, many of which are volunteer based, who answer the calls for assistance, and the medical professionals at the hospital emergency room.
Bedford County residents are served by nearly a dozen hospitals and medical centers near Bedford County in contiguous areas, but the majority of the population turns to UPMC Bedford as their primary acute care facility. The only hospital located within the county’s borders, the facility’s 40 staffed beds and 24-hour emergency room provide much needed services to local residents.
For over 20 years, UPMC has been a part of the Bedford community. The $21 billion world-renowned non-profit health system employs more than 90,000 staff members, including 4,900 doctors. UPMC has brought numerous changes to Bedford, enabled additional investment in medical equipment and recruited more primary care physicians and specialists. UPMC Bedford works closely with nearby UPMC Altoona to provide Bedford County residents access to a widened range of specialty services, sometimes regionalized between the two hospital locations.
Conemaugh Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring is a 45-bed facility offering 24/7 emergency care along with an array of services that includes obstetrics/neonatal, cardiopulmonary, cardiac catheterization lab, surgical and wound healing among others. They provide care to suburban and rural areas of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon Counties.
Bedford County Family Health Center, part of Hyndman Area Health Center, offers a variety of health care, laboratory, dental and occupational therapy services that are affordable from their Railroad Street location in Bedford.
A bevy of human service organizations serve Bedford County residents. They are listed in the membership directory on the Chamber’s website here.