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WCA Receives Leadership Award
in Clinical Excellence

Left to Right: Patrick Collins, M.D., Department of Family Practice, Chairman Infection Control Committee; Robert Ungerer, M.D., Department of Surgery, Chairman WCA Medical Education Committee; Norma Anderson, R.N., WCA Hospital Infection Control Coordinator; Ruth Walton, R.N., WCA Hospital Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager; Debra Triscari, R.N., IV Therapist. Consistently ranked and nationally recognized by some of the country’s premier healthcare authorities, WCA was once again recognized for their outstanding clinical performance in providing excellent care to patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at WCA Hospital.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, July 20, 2007)—Consistently ranked and nationally recognized by some of the country's premier healthcare authorities, WCA Hospital is once again recognized for its outstanding performance through improving patient outcomes. VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, has recognized WCA Hospital for providing excellent care to patients in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The 2007 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence honors organizations that have distinguished themselves from other VHA members by meeting or exceeding national performance standards in specific clinical categories. The hospital was honored at VHA's Leadership Conference in Denver on May 20.

"I am pleased to recognize WCA Hospital as a winner of this prestigious award," said Curt Nonomaque, VHA Inc. President and CEO. "The award honors organizations that have differentiated themselves around national performance standards by achieving exceptionally high levels of performance. This award is evidence of WCA's continued commitment to excellence."

The VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in the critical care arena is based on the latest set of measures that have been nationally accepted as indicators of quality. To receive the award in this category, WCA had to demonstrate its ICU applied specific processes to eliminate or reduce the risk for blood stream infections. The standards for eliminating infections were zero cases of blood stream infections over at least a continuous six-month time period.

"This award validates the dedicated focus of our clinical staff and physicians to pursuing excellence in the care provided to our intensive care patients," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. "Our participation in VHA helps us achieve higher levels of performance in all areas, both operationally and clinically, so we were pleased to be recognized for our efforts in the ICU."

VHA serves more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide, including 1,400 hospitals. Nearly 300 hospitals nationwide received Leadership Awards this year from VHA for achievements in operational and clinical excellence, as well as supply chain management improvement and community benefit efforts. WCA is one of 35 hospitals nationwide to be recognized for excellence in preventing blood stream infections.

"Patients in the ICU are often sicker than other patients, and therefore, more susceptible to developing complications, such as blood stream infections," said Patrick Collins, M.D., on staff at WCA Hospital and Chair of the hospital’s Infection Control Committee. "Providing superior care to these patients can reduce the likelihood for complications that could lengthen hospital stays, or worse, increase mortality."

"At the heart of the covenant between patients and hospitals lies the belief that clinical excellence is paramount," said Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D., Chief Medical Officer at VHA. "WCA Hospital is a shining example of what can be achieved when a hospital's actions are guided by the pursuit of clinical excellence."

About VHA – VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 17 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide.

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