FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda J. Johnson
WCA Hospital, Public Relations Department
WCA Hospital Chemical Dependency Program staff. Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) awarded a full 3-year Operating Certificate renewal to WCA Hospital, based on the hospital's outstanding survey results. According to OASAS, three years is the maximum term a program can earn. The renewed operating certificate was based on re-certification protocols established in accordance with OASAS regulations including quality measures that OASAS establishes for all programs in New York State.
WCA CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROGRAM RECEIVES
FULL 3-YEAR OPERATING CERTIFICATE
Jamestown, New York (February 14, 2008) - WCA Hospital officials announced that the Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program was recently surveyed by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and awarded a full 3-year Operating Certificate renewal, based on the hospital's outstanding survey results. According to OASAS, three years is the maximum term a program can earn. The renewed operating certificate was based on re-certification protocols established in accordance with OASAS regulations including quality measures that OASAS establishes for all programs in New York State.
"From the moment we opened our doors in 1989, our program has received the maximum operating certificate, substantiating our high quality of care," said Bradford Frank, M.D., board certified Psychiatrist, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at WCA Hospital. "We are fortunate to have a distinguished inpatient program available in our local community with its rich history of providing outstanding treatment that has supported thousands of clients and their families as they begin the healing process of recovery from addictions."
The operating renewal process included an on-site regulatory compliance review of case records, service management, interviews with patients, and facility requirements and general safety; as well as a provider fiscal viability review.
"We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our chemical dependency team and management that led to our successful on-site review," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. "While we continually invest in our facility with state-of-the-art technology and advanced medicine, it is our individual and collective best practices that make a profound impact on patient care."
The WCA Hospital Chemical Dependency Program is the only inpatient rehabilitation program in Chautauqua County, serving individuals age 18 or older. The program has provided treatment for over 3,000 inpatients since 1989. Over time, the program has grown to include extensive inpatient treatment services for all forms of substance abuse. Staffed by a team of addiction experts, and under the medical direction of Bradford Frank, M.D., the WCA Chemical Dependency Program provides a holistic and comprehensive approach to care.
"The strength of our program lies in the excellence and integrity of our staff and their dedication to effective treatment," said Andrew J. O'Brien, WCA Hospital Director of Chemical Dependency. "Our strength is also in our flexibility to offer each client individualized treatment within a structured safe and drug-free environment. The fundamental principle underlying our treatment efforts is the concern for the individual's recovery from chemical dependency which involves sobriety or abstinence, the psychological and spiritual growth of the individual as a whole, and the healing of family conflict."
"We have a proven record of success with our clients," adds Ann Gustafson, Chemical Dependency Inpatient Program Manager. "Our high rates of retention and program completion along with our consistently high patient satisfaction ratings, indicate that we are doing a great job of listening to our patients and their families. We are absolutely committed to quality care and our track record confirms our success."
The Chemical Dependency Program also provides services on an outpatient basis including assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, education and a continuum of care. Outpatient treatment is personalized taking into consideration the unique needs and characteristics of the individual. This includes individuals who may need both mental health and addiction services. The Outpatient Program was surveyed in 2007, receiving re-certification to operate.
"With chemical dependency affecting nearly one out of every 10 people throughout the region, WCA's role has become increasingly important," O'Brien says. "Successful treatment has been proven to reduce criminal activity; lessen the demand for acute medical and surgical, emergency room and psychiatric services; and helps people return to daily living."
The WCA Chemical Dependency Program is also accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and licensed by the New York State Department of Health.
For more information about the program, or if individuals have concerns or questions about alcohol or drug use, call
(716) 664-8620, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.