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WCA President/CEO Betsy T. Wright Named One Of Power 250 Most Influential People in WNY

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Steven Kilburn, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair, presents award honors to Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO at a recent luncheon. Also pictured, are members of the WCA Hospital Board Of Directors and WCA Hospital administrative leadership team. (submitted photograph).

BUFFALO, NY (Tueday, March 8, 2016)—Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO, has been named one of 250 Business First “POWER 250: WNY’s Most Influential People”, released Friday, February 12, 2016, by Buffalo Business Award-Winning Newsroom. Buffalo Business First is a weekly business publication covering the Western New York region. Mrs. Wright, appointed President/CEO at WCA Hospital in July of 1999, was recognized by Buffalo Business First for her influence in Western New York.

The Buffalo Business First POWER 250 is a diverse list of business, education, healthcare, political, and sports leaders who wield the most clout in the eight-county region. Names of the honorees were solicited from reporters, editors and readers of the Buffalo Business First newspaper who (in their opinion) are the movers and shakers in Western New York. They only considered an individual’s current influence.

The Power 250 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 America or the world.

Steve Kilburn, Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors, says, “The board of WCA Hospital commends Betsy Wright for this fitting recognition of her leadership in health care,” said Steve. “In an increasingly complex healthcare environment, Betsy's dedicated leadership at WCA, along with the respect she has earned amongst peers and policymakers at all levels of health care, benefit our entire community. All of us can applaud Betsy for this well-deserved honor.”

Mrs. Wright has more than 35 years of healthcare experience. Under her leadership, WCA has received numerous awards and recognition. The hospital was honored for two consecutive years as a 100 Top Hospital for Performance Improvement by Solucient (now Thompson/Reuters). WCA is Joint Commission accredited and recently received a three-year approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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. Betsy received her master’s degree in business administration with honors from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Rochester. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. 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, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, Chautauqua County Health Network, a past chair of the Western New York Healthcare Association, past chair of VHA Empire Metro Board of Directors, and past chair of the Southern Tier Health Network. She was an award recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award and Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 Award.

Betsy was chosen by Buffalo Business First as one of the 2013 Power 200, 2014 Power 100, and 2015 Power 100.

The published 250 POWER guide will be the only place to find the complete breakdown of all 250 entries on this year’s list, as well as in-depth stories. For the list of the POWER 250 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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