Altoona photographer part of TV event

Photographer Tim Boyles of Altoona will be in Nicaragua with Nik Wallenda as he walks the highwire across an active volcano. The event will air live on ABC on March 4.

Boyles, a 1977 graduate of Altoona Area High School, has been Wallenda’s personal photographer since 2013 and has worked with him on five of his major walks since then, including the Grand Canyon, Chicago skyline, New York’s Times Square and with him and his wife, Erendira, when she broke the world record for dangling by her teeth from a moving helicopter over Niagara Falls.

Jersey Mike’s kicks off ‘Month of Giving’

Pink Zone is joining forces with the Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in Altoona and State College for the 10th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to fund local charities.

During March, customers can make a donation to Pink Zone at the three participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants.

The campaign will culminate on Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on March 25, when the three Jersey Mike’s locations will give 100 percent of the day’s sales — not just profit — to Pink Zone.

Nationally, last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised more than $7.3 million for 200 local charities nationwide.


Conemaugh Memorial Medical earns designation

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has selected Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery for the fifth consecutive period.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes.

Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions compared to other hospitals.


Conemaugh Nason program receives accreditation

Corazon Inc., a national leader in services for the cardiovascular specialty based in Pittsburgh, has granted accreditation to the PCI program at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center.

The accreditation proves that the program at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center has met or exceeded the requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, such as providing 24-hour coverage for PCI emergencies, undergoing detailed quarterly quality reviews to ensure outcomes and practices meet or exceed national standards and other such factors.