Intensivist - UPMC Altoona
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates is a private practice intensivist group that provides intensivist services to UPMC Altoona.

  • Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates (PCCA) provides intensivist and APP coverage 24-hours a day, 365-days a year in the 14-bed MICU, 12-bed SICU, 8-bed CVICU and 7-bed neuroICU.
  • UPMC Altoona, a regional referral center for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a 380-bed Level 2 Trauma Center with stroke services offering comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for patients with severe neurological injuries.
  • PCCA supports the refined multidisciplinary MD/APP intensivist team model of care.


  • Intensivist team (Intensivist physician and APP) coverage is provided 24-hours a day.
  • PCCA provides coverage in the 14-bed MICU, 12-bed SICU, 8-bed CVICU and neuroICU.
  • Physician intensivist coverage is provided in house seven (7) days a week.
  • The neuroICU team is supported by the established PCCA intensivist physicians who are present in house.


Three physician intensivists cover day shifts. Each physician is dedicated to the medical ICU or the non-trauma surgical ICU, with the third assisting with MICU overflow and the neuroICU.

The ICU daytime intensivists work seven straight days starting at 7am. The intensivists finish each day at 5:00 pm or 10:00 pm. The MICU and SICU intensivists rotate staying until 10:00 pm.

Intensivists rotate back up pager call after 10 pm for SICU, MICU and CICU but the APP will take first call pages from the ICU nurses from 10 pm to 7am.

  • Long Day When the intensivist works from 7am to 10 pm and covers evenings, this is equal to two shifts per day.
  • Short Day When the intensivist works from 7am to 5 pm this one shift per day.

Alternating long day (7am to 10pm) and short day (7am to 5pm) shifts.

Rotate back up pager call after 10pm. The APP will take first call pages from ICU nurses from 10pm to 7am.

*In 7 days, intensivists work 10 to 11 shifts.
*Alternate short and long days, every other day.


UPMC Altoona is a 380-bed Level 2 Trauma Center and is currently an accredited stroke center. Surgical services include trauma, neurosurgery, open heart (Center for Cardiac Care), orthopedic, and all basic surgical specialties. The Emergency Department sees approximately 40,900 patients annually.

UPMC Altoona has the largest service area in the state—serving over 20 counties in West-Central Pennsylvania, it is centrally located between Danville, Hershey, Johnstown, and State College. Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center (2.5 hours east) and UPMC Presbyterian (2 hours west) are the closest comprehensive stroke centers.


UPMC Altoona is 40 minutes from State College in Pennsylvania, 2 hours from Harrisburg and 2 hours from Pittsburgh. This city is the tenth most populous in the state and situated in the Allegheny Mountains at the base of Brush Mountain in Pleasant Valley. Each day, 60-80 trains pass through the city, some traveling along the famous Horseshoe Curve. The city is also home to Penn State Altoona. The downtown area is located in the heart of the emerging I-99 Innovation Corridor. Interstate 99 provides access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the south and Interstate 80 to the north; and U.S. Route 22, which provides east-west service and direct access to Pittsburgh and Harrisburg (each roughly 2 hours away). The Altoona-Blair County Airport provides commercial air service, offering daily flights to Washington Dulles International Airport.


The intensivist will be an employee of Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Inc a private physician group. Full time intensivists receive a comprehensive benefits package including malpractice, family health insurance per month allowance, employer-contributed retirement fund (pension plan), employee directed 401k plan, and CME.

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