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Emergency Department and Trauma Care at UPMC Altoona

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:

  • From the scene of an accident through the hospital setting.
  • To all victims of trauma and their loved ones.

COVID-19 Tests

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.

Get more information or find a testing location near you.

For a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. For immediate help with a mental health crisis, call 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Contact UPMC Altoona's Emergency Department and Trauma Care

Phone: 814-889-3315

Fax: 814-889-7867

Admin Office — ED and Trauma Care

Phone: 814-889-2866

Fax: 814-889-6785

24/7 Regional Trauma Center

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:

  • Trauma surgeons
  • Emergency medicine doctors
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Brain and spine surgeons
  • Heart and vascular surgeons
  • ENT and plastic surgeons

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:

  • Resuscitation
  • Surgery
  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Follow-up care.

Leaders in Trauma Education and Training

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:

  • Doctors
  • Physician extenders
  • Nurses
  • EMS staff
  • Other health care staff

And our commitment to trauma education extends to all referral hospitals within the region and beyond the acute care setting.

Our Doctors

  • Matthew Bouchard, MD
    Chair, UPMC Altoona Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Simon D. Lampard, MD
    Medical Director, UPMC Altoona Regional Trauma Center
    Chair of Critical Care

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