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Details: Category: News | Published: 01/16/2019 | Hits: 381

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David Cuzzolina '68

UPMC Altoona has unveiled a feature turning a wall of the atrium lobby into a museum space illustrating the history of the city's hospitals, thanks to the hard work of consultant researcher David Cuzzolina '68 who spent 18 months gathering and collating pieces for the collection. He compiled photos and ephemera, including many items from the former Mercy Complex, which began as Mountain City Hospital, but was renamed Mercy Hospital in a bid to attract an order of nuns to run the facility. Another hospital, Altoona City Hospital, began operating with just 30 beds in 1896 on land donated by the Pennsylvania Railroad, charging $7 a week to stay on the ward. “It was satisfying to work on the project,” Cuzzolina said.