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Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc Awards WCA Hospital $2.5 Million for New Emergency Department Project

JAMESTOWN, NY – The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $2.5 million dollar grant to WCA Hospital of Jamestown, New York to help replace its Emergency Department (ED).

“The Sheldon Foundation’s award reflects our longstanding commitment to the well being of those in our community and represents a deep dedication to one of the most important initiatives we can undertake as a community,” said Ms. Linda V. Swanson, Executive Director of the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc. The award involves an unrestricted $2 million grant for the new ED plus a $500,000 matching grant from the broader medical community, according to Ms. Swanson.

“We are delighted with the Sheldon Foundation’s generosity as it gives significant fundraising momentum for our ED initiative and sends a powerful endorsement as to the importance of this project,” said Betsy Wright, President/CEO, WCA. This grant moves us closer to realizing our vision where physicians and patients will have access to an expanded and enhanced state-of-the-art facility,” added Mrs. Wright.

“Built in the 1970’s, WCA’s ED was sized to accommodate 10,000 annual visits not the 36,500 visits coursing through the department yearly let alone the 41,000 visits forecasted in 2010. The present structure is roughly 7,700 square feet or four times too small based on present day volume and architectural standards, which is why the project is so vital for our community, said Leonard Franco, MD, Chairman WCA Emergency Department.
“Generosity from area foundations such as Sheldon helps WCA continue to perform lifesaving feats performed every day in our ED,” according to Wolf-Dieter Krahn, MD, President, WCA Hospital Medical Staff.

WCA’s ED future design involves the replacement of WCA’s existing ED and consists of a new building to be constructed in the location of the existing South Wing of the hospital. The new ED building will be constructed in this location with the ground floor level to match the existing hospital.  The old ED space will be renovated for other outpatient focused services and outpatient waiting/public areas. This project will also relocate the existing CT diagnostic scan equipment adjacent to the ED and radiology department to a new location within the hospital adjacent to the new ED Building (see next page).

Recent past support from the Sheldon Foundation involved a $1.6 million grant to WCA Hospital that was applied to major operating room renovations and expansions.

The grant from the Sheldon Foundation is part of WCA’s fundraising and refinancing efforts to help reach the ultimate goal of $16.5 million to replace the ED.

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. For more information, visit the WCA website at www.wcahospital.org.


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