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Our History

Blair Medical Associates began as an idea on a Sunday morning in 1971. While making rounds at the Altoona Hospital, Dr. Paul Wingert, an internist, and Dr. Marvin Meisner, a cardiologist, discussed the problem of working seven days a week. What began as a simple agreement to work every other Sunday in coverage for one another grew into the concept of Blair Medical Associates.

Later that year the agreement was formalized when Dr. Philip Hoovler, a family practice physician, joined Drs. Wingert and Meisner. On January 1st 1972, they began their joint practice of medicine in the office of Dr. Wingert at Blair Medical Center, located on Howard Avenue in Altoona. There were only three exam rooms and four employees at the time.

In two short years, five primary care physicians joined the group and in 1973 Blair Medical Associates moved into Building C at Blair Medical Center in an effort to gain more space.

Blair Medical Associates continued to add qualified doctors until again they ran out of space. In the spring of 1980, Blair Medical Associates moved to the office at 1414 Eighth Avenue in Altoona. To provide care in outlying areas, satellite offices had been opened in Bellwood and Hollidaysburg. In 1985 two new specialties were added to Blair Medical Associates: Neurology and Endocrinology.

Over the year the group practice continued to expand by adding numerous specialties, additional physicians, more services and more satellite offices. By the spring of 2004 Blair Medical Associates had 14 separate offices and had again outgrown their space. After acquiring a large space as the first tenant in the new Station Medical Center, Blair Medical Associates moved several specialties under one roof.

The last decade has brought great changes and challenges to healthcare. Under the guidance of the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Thomas Mextorf; Board Secretary, Dr. Mark Wilford; and Medical Director, Dr. Janelle Brumbaugh, Blair Medical Associates has adapted by creating an organization dedicated to continued quality improvement and exceptional patient service.

Today Blair Medical Associates has grown to be a premier multi-specialty group practice with over 65 physicians and extenders, more than 260 dedicated employees and 6 offices throughout the region. The group practice remains on a path of growth and consistently looks toward the future with a focus on meeting the medical needs of the community, while exceeding patient expectations for outstanding care. Blair Medical Associates is proud to be 40 Years Strong!