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WCA CEO Reports Year In Review at 21st Annual Meeting of the Corporations

Betsy T. Wright
Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, June 16, 2016)—Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO, and affiliated board chairs delivered a recap of the past year’s accomplishments and financial summary at 21st Annual Meeting of The Corporations, “Advancing Health Care: The Path of Transformation” during a breakfast meeting held at the hospital on Thursday, June 16.

To review the highlights of the annual meeting and/or read the annual report publication, go to and click the link Annual Report To Our Community under the MEDICAL CARE listing, located on the home page.

“As I reflect on the activities and accomplishments of this hospital over the past year, I am reminded time and time again of the incredible work that we do at WCA,” Mrs. Wright said. “This year has been a time of change, tremendous opportunities, and intentional undertakings that set the stage for what lies ahead while sustaining our 131-year mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.”

Wright reported on a number of new service initiatives and noteworthy accomplishments over the past twelve months as well as a number of “health care firsts” in the area including being the only hospital in the area to introduce 3D mammography that has proven to find more invasive cancers than traditional 2D mammography screening; one of only four hospitals in the country to receive VHA (Voluntary Hospital Association) honors that recognized the hospital for improvement in cost performance; the first hospital in the area to perform a new interventional drug-coated balloon angioplasty procedure in 2015; and first hospital in the state to announce an affiliation with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) that brings world-class medical care to southern Chautauqua.

Mrs. Wright also reported on the WCA UPMC affiliation agreement that is targeted for final approval later this year. “We were very pleased to receive contingency approval from the Public Health and Health Planning Council of New York State to approve WCA and UPMC’s application to form an integration between the two organizations,” conveyed Wright. “The next regulatory steps in the affiliation process are approvals from the New York State Office of Mental Health and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. We remain confident that we can finalize the details of the agreement by late summer or year end.”

Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors, Steven Kilburn, added that the past year has been an historic year for WCA. “I am happy to report that we continue to make progress in completing the affiliation agreement with WCA and UPMC,” Kilburn said. “I am no less excited about this affiliation than I was when I first announced it last December. As a result of this integration, we will be well-positioned to provide excellent health care at this hospital and for our community for many years to come.”

The meeting concluded with physician presentation reports from medical staff president and robotic surgeon, Timothy Brown, MD, who presented an update on the robotic program at WCA—the first hospital in the Southern Tier to perform robotics; Jonathan Blasius, MD, Hospitalist on the medical staff at WCA, reported on a new model of patient care, telemedicine; Dr. Brooke Kelly, medical director of the WCA Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Program at the hospital, discussed the changing landscape of inpatient medical rehabilitation care in a hospital setting; and Galo Grijalva, MD, reported on the new Bariatric Center located at the hospital.

Mrs. 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 forward on the path of transformation. With a caring heart and the understanding to navigate the best of what’s to come, we are eager to lead the transformation of this hospital into its bright future.”

For a hard copy of the 2015 Annual Report To Our Community, contact WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614 or email

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