When minutes and seconds matter most, UPMC Altoona's Emergency Department and Trauma Care provide the highest level of care. We're here to treat your urgent medical needs — big or small.
Our goal is to provide complete care:
If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and have only mild symptoms – and you do not have difficulty breathing – you can schedule a COVID-19 test at a designated test location. The Emergency Department is NOT the place to get a COVID-19 test UNLESS you are experiencing breathing problems or other severe symptoms.
Going to an Emergency Department with mild or no symptoms may create a long wait time for you to be seen and COVID-19 test results do not come back more quickly – they still will take one, two, or more days.
For a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. For immediate help with a psychological crisis, including suicidal thoughts, call 800-273-8255 or text 741741.
UPMC Altoona is a fully accredited Level II Trauma Center that serves nearly one million people in central Pennsylvania.
Our full-time trauma team is ready 24/7 to assure lifesaving care is on hand within minutes of an injured patient's arrival.
The care team includes:
We also have trauma staff in radiology, anesthesiology, physiatry, and more.
We support every aspect of a patient's needs from the pre-hospital phase through:
Along with providing expert care, UPMC Altoona Trauma Care is also an educational leader.
We offer advanced internal and external courses in trauma care and prevention to:
And our commitment to trauma education extends to all referral hospitals within the region and beyond the acute care setting.
The difference between a trauma center and emergency room can be life and death, so it’s important to understand what these facilities offer.Learn More from UPMC HealthBeat