UPMC launches new app

UPMC Health Plan recently launched the new smartphone-enabled UPMC AnywhereCare app that allows patients to receive care from emergency room professionals 24 hours a day and with reduced copays from the comfort of their own home or office.

Using the video camera on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, patients age 3 and older with a variety of nonemergency symptoms ranging from sore throats and upper respiratory illnesses to back pain and seasonal allergies, can be seen face-to-face by a health care professional who will assess the symptoms and recommend a personal treatment plan, just like a traditional in-office visit.

But unlike most doctor’s offices, AnywhereCare is available anytime, anywhere. And the service is provided without the typical time needed to schedule a health care appointment or the additional hassles of traffic or parking.

Edward Jones recognized

Edward Jones has been named as one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work, ranking as the No. 4 large company.

It was also the top-ranked full-service financial firm among all 40 companies on the list. Rankings for Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance were based on feedback from more than 62,000 people working at leading financial firms.

The Blair County financial advisers include Michael Harris and Dick Logan in Altoona, John Barton in Duncansville and J.T. Tidd in Hollidaysburg.

Altoona home prices go up

Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, increased by 0.2 percent in February compared with February 2016.

On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 0.2 percent in February compared with January.

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 7 percent and increased month over month by 1 percent in February, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index.

Curve teams up with Denny’s

Denny’s is teaming up with the Altoona Curve for the 2017 season.

The second inning of all home games at Peoples Natural Gas Field will be Denny’s Second Inning Slam. For each Curve home run hit during the second inning, every fan in the stadium will win a free Denny’s Original Grand Slam, which includes two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips and sausage links.

The promotion will be featured at each of the Curve’s 70 regular-season home games and will be redeemable at any participating Denny’s in the Altoona area through the end of the regular season in September.