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Big Idea contest open

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, in partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, is looking for the region’s tech-entrepreneurs, innovators and small manufacturers who are developing new products, processes or software applications for the annual $50,000 Big Idea contest.

Anyone located in one of the participating counties — Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, or Somerset — can submit their big idea. The contest is open to those who do not currently have more than $1,000,000 in sales revenue. Visit BigIdea.BenFranklin.org for details and the entry form.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 16.

Encompass Health recognized

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona has been recognized as having the highest patient satisfaction score and the highest overall patient assessment score for Encompass Health inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the Northeast Region for 2019.

The overall assessment rate includes overall care in the hospital, including nursing care, therapy services, physician care and case management and discharge planning plus the patient’s likelihood to recommend the hospital to family and friends.

In addition to the patient satisfaction and overall assessment scores, Encompass Health Altoona also finished 2019 with the highest nursing department rating and the highest discharge planning rating in the 19 hospital region.

Allstate aids Toys for Tots

For the third year in a row, Allstate agencies across Pennsylvania and New England teamed-up with the Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys for local children.

Between October and December, participating agencies received over 6,500 donations from community members — a 30% increase in donations from 2018.

Thanks to the volunteerism of participants, like Blair County agency owners Rachel Chamberlin and Robert Sullivan, Toys for Tots received a $40,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant to further their work.

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