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From Left, Murray S. Marsh, Board Member for the W.C.A. Foundation, Inc.; Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Ellen Weinberg, MD, WCA Hospital Medical Staff President; Linda Swanson, Executive Director for the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation; Miles Lasser, Trustee and Emeritus for the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation; Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board Chair.

Jamestown, New York (February 24, 2010) – When the Board of Directors for the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation decided to make a $2 M lead grant to support the construction of WCA Hospital’s new Emergency Department, they knew it would make a statement.  How great a statement would depend upon the physicians and leadership of WCA Hospital.

“The Sheldon Foundation Board believed the single most important capital project for Jamestown and the surrounding communities was the construction of a new Emergency Department at WCA Hospital,” remembers Linda Swanson, Executive Director for the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.  “The Board took it upon itself to make a stretch grant during some very uncertain economic times, but also wanted to share in this financial challenge with the leadership of WCA.”

In addition to the outright $2 M lead grant, the Sheldon Foundation also issued a $500,000 matching challenge grant.  In order to receive an additional $500,000, it was necessary for WCA Hospital to receive $500,000 in gifts and pledges from the WCA Family by December 31, 2009.  Thanks to the WCA Hospital Medical Staff, the Boards of Directors for WCA Hospital and the W.C.A. Foundation, and the Administration/Management employees of WCA Hospital, that ambitious goal was met.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the leadership of our organization who personally stepped forward to financially support this vital campaign,” says Betsy Wright, FACHE, President/CEO of WCA Hospital.  “For our physicians, board members, and employee leadership to make this statement will be very meaningful in our community’s decision to support this necessary project and to the overall success of this campaign.”

On Tuesday evening, physicians, board members, and employees gathered at the Robert H. Jackson Center to thank the Sheldon Foundation for their commitment, and to recognize the success of the matching challenge grant.

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