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WCA Hospital Public Relations
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WCA HospitalJamestown, New York (Monday, December 15, 2008.)—WCA Hospital, Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit health care provider, today announced it has appointed Paul A. DeSantis, MHA, CPA, as its Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  DeSantis will have overall responsibility for the financial strategic planning direction and finance management of the hospital.

DeSantis brings over 25 years of solid healthcare finance management and leadership to his new position.  Prior to joining WCA, he served as Chief Executive Officer/Financial Director at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, New York. DeSantis’s career includes experience in financial leadership and healthcare administration, operational improvements, budget development, business plan formulation, strategic planning direction, quality improvements, operations management, and contract negotiations.

“We are extremely pleased that an individual with Paul’s expertise and high level of integrity and commitment to healthcare is joining WCA Hospital,” said Betsy T. Wright, President/CEO at WCA Hospital. “A widely respected leader in the healthcare industry, his experience and leadership will contribute greatly to WCA’s future success and support our vision to build the strongest medical facility in the region.”

A certified public accountant, DeSantis received his Master of Health Services Administration from Kennedy Western University, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  A committed community leader, Paul has served on numerous boards and executive, finance committees including, Elk Regional Professional Group, Elk Regional Health System Foundation, Elk Regional Health Center/System, Great Lakes Health Network, Ridgway Area School District, Elk County Catholic High School. He coached the Ridgway Wrestling Club/Junior Olympic Group and Little League baseball team.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to join WCA Hospital,” said Paul DeSantis.  “I look forward to being a contributing member of  such a well-respected organization and leadership team.  I believe my extensive background in the financial and operational arenas of community hospitals will compliment the vision of WCA Hospital and I am honored to have been selected for this position.”

Paul and his wife, Paula, have two grown children, Jonathan and Leslie.  They also enjoy the company of their two dogs, Allie and Dusty.  The DeSantis’s will reside in the Chautauqua County region.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.



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