Contact: Megan D’Angelo
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 664-8423. Fax: (716) 664-8336

Community Foundation Grant Supports Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Exercise Rehab Room

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From L to R: Ellen Ditonto CRCF Grants Committee Member, Irene Fain WCA Recreational Therapy Aide, Dan Johnson WCA Director of Rehabilitation Services and Terri Stalmach WCA Supervisor of Recreational Therapy Department stand beside some of the equipment purchased with the CRCF grant.

Jamestown, NY (Friday, February 12, 2016)—Recently, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation awarded a $1,867 Field of Interest grant to underwrite the purchase of new exercise equipment to better serve recreational and exercise therapy to those undergoing mental health treatment.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for investing in our program and in the future of our patients entrusted to our care,” says Dan Johnson, Director of Rehabilitation Services at WCA Hospital. “The equipment we purchased definitely enhances our ability to provide a higher level of therapy.”

Recreation Therapy is designed to help people of all ages with physical, mental or social challenges. WCA’s goal is to help their patients reach their highest level of independence by creating a care plan that is specific to their individual needs. WCA stresses the importance of leisure activities in a healthy lifestyle. WCA assists with planning for discharge and helping those who are returning to community activities. WCA also offer Pet Therapy and Horticultural Therapy to inpatients on the Medical Rehabilitation Unit. WCA’s program is supervised by a Certified Recreation Therapist through the NCTRC.

According to Randy Sweeney, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, “The Community Foundation recognizes the importance of quality medical treatment. This new equipment will allow the WCA Recreational Therapy staff the ability to better help patients be better prepared for their daily routines and lifestyle.”

For more information on grants and the Community Foundation, visit or call 661-3390.
If you are interested in donating to WCA Hospital, please contact Megan D’Angelo, Director of Development at or 716-664-8423.

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