Special Services

Patient Education

  • It is extremely important for patients to understand their medical condition and how to care for themselves after discharge. The nursing staff will provide ongoing teaching to patients during a hospital stay.
  • Specially-trained registered nurses are available as resources for specific health programs.
  • Teaching is done on an individual basis, as well as in group discussions.

Patient Representative - (814) 643-8656

J.C. Blair Hospital has a Patient Representative who is available to all patients. This person serves as a liaison between the patient and the Hospital and provides a channel through which patients may seek solutions to problems. Any patient safety concerns should be reported to this individual as well.


  • Clergy will have access to a patient's admission and room location if the patient chooses to have their name included in the Hospital Directory.
  • Any patient who is not affiliated with a local church, but would like to talk with a clergy person, is asked to contact the floor nurse who will contact the cergy person on-call.
  • A non-denominational chapel, located on the second floor near the Intensive Care Unit is always open to patients and visitors desiring a moment of solitude, quiet reflection or prayer.

Notary Public – (814) 643-8838

The services of a notary public are available free-of-charge to patients.

For The Hearing Impaired

  • A telecommunications device is available to help hearing-impaired patients or for patients who want to communicate with a hearing-impaired relative or friend.
  • Arrangements can also be made to have a person who uses sign language help hearing-impaired patients. Contact the floor nurse for more information.


The hospital has access to a phone interpreter for all foreign languages and volunteer interpreters for a number of languages, if a patient should require it. Contact the floor nurse for more information.

Advance Directives

  • Patients are asked to supply their family, the Hospital and their physician with copies of their Advance Directives before a crisis arises. This includes a Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
  • For more information on Advance Directives, ask a floor nurse or call Social Services at (814) 643-8778.

Organ Donations

  • The donation of organs and tissues for transplantation is a gift of life and health for many people with serious or life-threatening diseases. Pennsylvania law requires hospitals to ask families about organ donation when a patient dies. The law also lets patients make the decision about being an organ donor while they are still living and permits caregivers to ask the family for permission to donate organs after death.
  • Anyone can indicate their desire to be an organ donor by noting it on their driver's license. Other methods to communicate the wish to be an organ donor include putting it in the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or on special forms.
  • Patients may contact a floor nurse who will get them in touch with a healthcare representative who can discuss organ donation.

Hospitality Lounges

There are several Hospitality Lounges that serve as waiting and communication areas for families of patients. Please see the campus map for locations.

Other Services

For exact locations of these items, see the campus map.

  • ATM - Located on the ground floor
  • Pay Telephones
  • Chapel - Located on 2nd floor near the Intensive Care Unit