It has been two years in the making. Today the Altoona Regional Health System officially became UPMC Altoona. The Altoona Regional Health System is no longer and it is now UPMC Altoona and is the largest hospital in Blair County. With this merger comes two hundred and fifty million dollars from UPMC over the next ten years to enhance the Altoona facility. The recruiting of top doctors is high on the list. The officials say new signs will be up but other than that the general public will not notice much change in the first six months to a year. They say they are still in the early planning phases so they are not one hundred percent sure what changes are coming. They say they are talking about a new children's organization but do not have details. They say that is what the newly formed board of twelve Altoona seats and six UPMC seats will tackle.