Transition Planned for We CARE Therapy Services

Officials at Tyrone Regional Health Network (TRHN) announced that a transition is planned for We CARE Therapy Services, an Altoona based facility that provides rehabilitative therapy for special needs children.

Plans are for the We CARE Foundation, a community group that provides philanthropic support for We CARE Therapy Services, to sublease the We CARE facility.  TRHN’s responsibility for We Care concludes June 30th when the We CARE Foundation assumes responsibility for We CARE effective July 1st.

The approval process for the sublease agreement has been initiated with Blair County and the We CARE Foundation. The sublease agreement was approved by the Blair County Board of Commissioners at their June 13th, 2017 Public meeting.

As subleasee, the We CARE Foundation will be responsible for maintaining the facility, program services oversight, and selection of the therapy services provider at We CARE.

Kids First, the current therapy services provider at We CARE, will continue to provide services on site until June 30th.

TRHN helped create We CARE more than two years ago after it was asked to help fill the service gap caused by Easter Seals hasty departure from Blair County.  TRHN has since held the lease and associated responsibility for the We CARE facility.

“We are glad that we could be of service to the community, making sure that local children continued to have access and options for needed therapy services,” said Joseph J. Peluso, CEO at Tyrone Regional Health Network.

Families with children who use the We CARE facility for services have been notified of the coming change.  Mr. Peluso said “the Kids First staff at We CARE are exceptionally talented therapists and professionals.  They are taking great care in helping and supporting families as we prepare for this transition.”

“The team of therapists and all of the staff at Kids First are committed to creating as smooth of a transition as possible for the families and children who come to Kids First for therapy,” said Jackie Clouser, Kids First founder and principal.  “Family members and their therapists have been working closely together to ensure that everything is ready for a July 1st transition date.  Open and frequent communication with and among staff and family members has been key to planning a successful move for all involved.”

Families have the option to follow their current therapist and receive services at Kids First’s Altoona facility or they can remain with We CARE and receive services from the therapy provider that will be selected by the We CARE Foundation. There are also other area organizations that provide services for special needs children that are options for families, depending on their child’s particular needs.

Leaders from TRHN, Kids First and We CARE Foundation all say the timing is right for the change. The transition will allow the We CARE Foundation to assume full responsibility for the We CARE facility and services.  TRHN and Kids First will continue to focus their attention on their core services and missions during a time when each organization is growing and taking responsibility for serving the healthcare needs of the community

TRHN is positioning itself for profound changes occurring in the healthcare delivery and financing environment.  “The anticipated changes will affect the way TRHN’s core services are provided by Tyrone Hospital, Health Network Associates, primary care and specialty physicians, “ said Mr. Peluso. “Additionally, we also have a growing surgical service and other inpatient and outpatient services in development, all of which will require significant resources and attention.”

“Kids First will continue to provide services to children at its other locations in community, including its new location on N. Juniata Street in Hollidaysburg.”

Tyrone Regional Health Network (TRHN )based in Tyrone, PA is a clinically integrated collaborative partnership comprised of Tyrone Hospital, Tyrone Rural Health Center, Pinecroft Medical Center, Houtzdale Rural Health Center, Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute, Orthopedic Center of Excellence, Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center, Tyrone Hospital Foundation and the Tyrone Hospital Auxiliary. TRHN brings a variety of health services close to home for people in communities throughout Central Pennsylvania. Features that have become a hallmark of TRHN are its high quality care and high patient satisfaction ratings which includes personal attention and an exceptional level of customer service.


Kids First based in Altoona, PA is a local human services organization dedicated to creating opportunities for young children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. Kids First offers several integrated programs designed to meet the core needs of young children and their families. Services offered include Early Intervention Services, Pediatric Therapy, Parent-Child Therapy, Child Welfare Services Strengths-Based Family Worker Credential, Parenting from Prison and other family support services.

Early Intervention Services

We CARE Foundation based in Altoona, PA provides philanthropic support for special needs children in Blair County.