Conemaugh certified

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

The certification program recognizes Joint Commission-accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

“Conemaugh Memorial underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care,” said April Behory, director of woman/child services for Conemaugh Memorial in a statement. “We are very proud to be one of only two hospitals in Pennsylvania to achieve this certification.”

Safety workshop set

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Safety Committee will hold an educational workshop from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Duncansville. Keynote speaker, Tom Churbock, will present, “Building an Effective Critical Task Analysis Process.”

Churbock has more than 38 years of health, safety and environmental experience identifying and managing risk in the manufacturing and mining industries.

The cost to attend the event is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. A buffet breakfast is included.

To register, call the chamber at 943-8151 or register online at


M&T Bank unveils initiative

M&T Bank has unveiled the “Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge,” a new initiative that celebrates local businesses and the organizations they support to make a difference in their communities.

The challenge asks businesses to nominate an organization in their community that they support and that organization may become eligible to win up to $10,000 to continue their good work. Nominations can be submitted through Sept. 29.

To join the challenge, businesses within M&T Bank’s geographic footprint complete a short online form to nominate an organization, highlight the work their nominated organization does for the community and how winning the competition will help that organization make an even greater impact. M&T will select five finalists and provide an opportunity for the public to vote and help choose the winner. To get started, visit: http://whats


Fundraising options available

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are relaunching two of its fundraising programs — A+ School Rewards and Cash for Causes — to help local schools and nonprofit organizations.

Under the A+ School Rewards program, customers can earn cash for local schools by swiping their Bonus Card. They need to register online and select up to two schools that they want to support.

Cash for Causes is a fundraising opportunity for schools and other nonprofit organizations.

The organization registers online and purchases a minimum of $500 worth of Giant/Martin’s gift cards at a 5 percent discount. The organization can resell the gift cards at face value and receive the profit from the sales. Nonprofit organizations can purchase the gift cards year-round.

Mortgage delinquencies down

Six percent of mortgages in Altoona were delinquent by at least 30 days (including those in foreclosure) in June compared with 6.4 percent a year earlier, representing a decrease of 0.4 percentage points, according to CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider

Altoona mortgages in serious delinquency (90-plus days past due) totaled 2.1 percent in June compared with 2.6 percent a year earlier. The foreclosure inventory rate for this June was 0.8 percent compared with 0.8 percent a year earlier.