New hires and promotions
-- Dr. Elliott Bilofsky has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the Department of Specialized Surgery's clinical service of otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat).
Bilofsky, who received a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Facial Plastic Surgery.
-- Dr. Brittany Barker recently joined UPMC Altoona's medical staff in the Department of Family Medicine with obstetrical and newborn privileges.
Barker, a 2014 graduate of the Altoona Family Physicians Residency program, has joined Altoona Family Physicians' Family Centered OB/GYN practice in Altoona.
-- Dr. Amit Nanavati recently joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the Department of Medicine, clinical service of cardiology.
Nanavati, who is affiliated with Cardiology Associates of Altoona, is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease.
-- Dr. Michael Sabatini has joined Cardiology Associates of Altoona, LLP.
Sabatini, who specializes in coronary and peripheral vascular disease intervention, recently completed an Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Fellowship at West Penn Allegheny Health System.
-- Denise J. Lear of Altoona has joined P. Joseph Lehman Inc., Consulting Engineers, Hollidaysburg, as an accountant.
Previously, Lear was accounting manager for an architecture firm in Altoona.
-- Ryan P. Murphy of Altoona has joined P. Joseph Lehman Inc. Consulting Engineers, Hollidaysburg.
Murphy previously worked for the City of Altoona as an engineering technician and completed three summer internships at PennDOT.
Awards and honors
-- Merlann Malloy of Patton, a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona Trauma Service, received the 2014 Rita Celmer Award from the Pennsylvania Emergency Nurses Association.
The award is presented annually to the emergency nurse who demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to emergency nursing and the PAENA.
-- Mark Miller, assistant vice president and office manager at First Commonwealth Bank's Ebensburg branch, was recently presented with the Spirit of the Community Service Award by the bank.
The award is presented annually to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the community in which he or she lives and works. For decades, Miller has dedicated his time to several local community groups, including Habitat for Humanity of Cambria County, the Rotary Club of Ebensburg and United Way.
-- Pamela Steiner, Marvin Murray and Susan Barton, Altoona Area School District teachers, received Educator CARE Awards during the 2013-14 school year.
These awards are presented annually to an elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a curriculum specialist who have demonstrated commitment, achievement, responsibility and excellence in the classroom.
Steiner, a teacher at Juniata Elementary School, received the elementary teacher CARE Award. She has been part of the instructional staff in the district for 12 years.
Murray, who teaches at Altoona Area High School, received the secondary teacher CARE Award. He joined the AASD instructional staff in 1986.
Barton, who received the Curriculum Specialist CARE Award, has been a part of the AASD instructional staff since 1981, serving in a variety of different special education settings.
Course completions and certifications
-- Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller has been reappointed to serve another term as a member of the Minor Judiciary Education Board by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The board is charged with the responsibility of instructing and certifying individuals wishing to become magisterial district judges or arraignment court magistrates and approves the curriculum, appoints and evaluates instructors, establishes course content, reviews all tests and issues certificates to successful program participants.
-- Dr. Arthur J. DeMarsico of UPMC Altoona - Altoona Heart & Vascular Institute, received his continuous certification in vascular surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery through September 2024.
The American Osteopathic Association follows the principle that "certification should be a continuous, lifelong process" to ensure that physicians maintain current standards and demonstrate competency in their fields.
-- Bonnie Sultage of Tyrone, continuous performance improvement coordinator in systems improvement at UPMC Altoona, has retired with 45 years of service.
She was hired as an LPN on the 5E nursing unit of Altoona Hospital in April 1969. She also worked on 3A and the coronary care unit until 1971. She transferred to the health information management department and worked as a historian, coder and atlas abstractor until 2000. Sultage then moved to her current position in the medical staff office.
-- Frank Burtnett, a Hollidaysburg native, has written a book titled "Career Errors: Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development."
The book, which examines the career development encounters that people experience across their life-span, was released in August by Rowman and Littlefield.
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