Gamers raise money

The Gearbox Union, a group of gamers based in Blair and Cambria counties, recently held a 24-hour gaming event and raised $20,120 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Of the amount raised, Gearbox Union members raised $14,195 for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Many local sponsors contributed to Gearbox Union’s success, including Sheetz, S&T Bank, Fiore Furniture and Atlantic Broadband. Red Bull provided energy drinks for the team and Panda Express Altoona provided dinner.

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and pediatric facilities throughout Geisinger Health System.

Area hospitals recognized

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford were awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals’ achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.