UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Leaders Report Year in Review


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Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and affiliated board chairs delivered a recap of the past year’s accomplishments and financial summary at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Corporations entitled, “131 Years Strong and Getting Stronger Each Day,” during a breakfast meeting held at the hospital on Friday, May 19.

“As I reflect on the activities and accomplishments of this hospital, I am reminded of the incredible work that we do at UPMC Chautauqua WCA,” Wright said. “Last year was a time of change, tremendous opportunities, and intentional undertakings that set the stage for what lies ahead. In what was considered to be one of our most significant milestones last year, WCA and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced that WCA would integrate into the UPMC network to officially be renamed UPMC Chautauqua WCA. We are bound together by a mission founded by a small group of impassioned women in 1885 to improve the health and well-being of the people they cared deeply about. Together with UPMC and UPMC Hamot, we preserve this mission to deliver world-class care, right here, in the communities where you live, work, and play.”

Wright reported on a number of other achievements including New York State funding in the amount of $700,000 that will be purposed for the construction of a 20-bed, long-term residential treatment program, slated to open in 2018. The treatment program has been hailed a positive investment in the community that will serve an epidemic of substance abuse in the past several years across the state and recognized as a critical need by Governor Cuomo and the New York State of Alcoholism and Substances Services. Other highlights mentioned: new technology capabilities that expand delivery of patient care; substance abuse detoxification services that fill a vital community need; a new treatment for patients affected with prostate cancer, and a multi-million dollar construction project supported with state funds that expands women’s and maternity care services and mental health services that will move from the JMHC campus to the main campus of the hospital. Officials say the construction project will begin in late summer.

Chair of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA board of directors, Steven Kilburn, said that the past year was a historic year for the hospital.

“I trust that by now that we are well aware that this past year has, with no exaggeration, been a genuinely historic one for our hospital,” said Kilburn. “We really have an abundance of encouraging news to share and to celebrate today. Of course, chief amongst our accomplishments over this past year has been the completion of our affiliation with UPMC. I have to say that even I have been surprised, happily so, at the impact which this affiliation is already having on our hospital, less than six months into it. I am encouraged about the strength and the depth to the patient care we can look forward to in the year and years to come.”

Wright closed the meeting by saying, “Patient excellence begins and ends with the dedication and commitment of our board and hospital leaders, employees, medical staff, volunteers, health partners, community leaders, and generous and giving donors and supporters who have the wisdom and insight that guides this great institution to push into its bright future.”

The meeting concluded with a ceremonial affiliation wall dedication, honoring the hospital’s integration into the UPMC system last year and a groundbreaking ceremony announcing a multi-million dollar construction project for Women’s and Maternity Care Center and Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Units. Officials explain that the construction grows world-class care in Jamestown.

For a hard copy of the 2016 annual report, contact Public Relations at 716-664-8614 or email, linda.johnson@wcahospital.org. To review the highlights of the report, visit UPMCChautuauquaWCA.org and click link on the home page.