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WCA President/CEO Betsy T. Wright Named One Of 100 Most Powerful Women

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

BUFFALO, NY (Friday, July 29, 2016)—Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO, has been named one of 100 Business First “POWER 100 WOMEN”, released Friday, July 29 by Buffalo Business Award-Winning newsroom. Buffalo Business First is a weekly business publication covering the Western New York region.

Mrs. Wright was honored as longtime CEO at WCA Hospital leading the charge to bring the $93 million WCA into the $12 billion University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system. Her 317-bed hospital system in Chautauqua County has had a strategic affiliation with UPMC since 2012. Betsy is esteemed as a leader who forges ahead on a path to make this region prosperous and strong.

According to Gwen Webber-McLeod, owner of Gwen Inc., an Auburn-based firm whose services include executive coaching, the top Power 100 women share four key attributes including confidence, competence, courage, and a sense of calmness. “Women leaders are really seeing those four things as a skill set that they need to develop in order to be successful,” said president, Gwen Webber-McLeod. “The thing that is foundational is that they have confidence in themselves and their ability to lead. They have competence. They recognize that their success is directly tied to developing not only technical skills but the skill set of relationship-building.

This year’s list includes CEOs of private and public corporations, educators, politicians, lawyers, nonprofit executives, health professionals, scientists and more.

Mrs. Wright was named President/CEO in 1999. She began her tenure at WCA Hospital in 1989 and served as Executive Vice President/COO from 1995 to 1999. Mrs. Wright has over 35 years of healthcare experience. Under her leadership, WCA has received numerous awards and recognition. WCA was honored for 2 consecutive years as a 100 Top Hospital for Performance Improvement by Solucient (now Thompson/Reuters). WCA is Joint Commission accredited and recently received a 3 year approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Betsy Wright received a MBA with honors from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Rochester. She holds a BS Degree with honors from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She is a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a board member of the Healthcare Association of New York State, MLMIC, Chautauqua County Health Network, a Past Chair of the Western New York Healthcare Association, Past Chair of VHA Empire Metro Board of Directors and is the past Chair of the Southern Tier Health Network. She was also a recipient of the AHA Grassroots Award and Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 Award.

Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, said power and influence are hard-earned.

“Women who lead in the roles of founder, president and/or CEO of their companies often know that it takes hard work and perseverance to attain success in the face of potential failure,” she said. “As they manage budgets, workforces and changing markets, it is not an easy road to success. But I find the WBENC network knows how to use the network of support and resources that are available to them. These leaders like a challenge, and they enjoy the journey of entrepreneurship.”


The POWER 100 WOMEN is limited to persons who live and work in Western New York. It does not include owners of local businesses who live in other parts of American or the world. The published Business First guide is the only place to find a complete breakdown of all 100 entries on this year’s list, as well as detailed briefs about many of the honorees. For the list of the POWER 100 WOMEN honorees in 2016, visit

About WCA Hospital
Celebrating 130 years of care in Chautauqua County in 2015, the Mission of WCA Hospital is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Chautauqua County and the surrounding area. WCA Hospital, a 317-licensed bed hospital, is located in Jamestown, New York, chartered in 1885, is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute and rehabilitation services. WCA Hospital has been recognized at the state and national level for high-quality care outcomes. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American College of Radiology, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), and approved by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). For more information, visit WCA’s website at, or call (716) 487-0141.

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