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WCA Awarded "Certificate of Excellence"

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NYS Department of health presents award to (from left), Ann Downing, MS, WCA Hospital Vice President of Nursing; Marlene Garone, MD, WCA Hospital Vice President of Medical Affairs; Robert Furlani, New York State Department of Health Assistant Regional Director; Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Donna Barber, RNC, WCA Hospital OB Coordinator; Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Public Health Director.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, July 22, 2010)—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.  The New York State Department of Health has recognized WCA Hospital for providing the hepatitis B vaccine to mothers and newborn patients in its Maternity Care Center.  The Department’s “Certificate of Excellence” honors healthcare organizations in New York State that have exceeded state performance standards in specific clinical categories such as immunization.

One out of 20 individuals in the United States will get infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) some time during their lifetime.  Anyone can acquire hepatitis B, which can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and death.  Fortunately, a safe and effective vaccine to prevent hepatitis B is available.

“Screening, followed by administration of the safe, simple, and effective hepatitis B vaccine to newborn patients and their mothers is designed to prevent acute infection caused by the hepatitis B virus which can result in acute liver failure requiring liver transplantation, chronic liver disease, or even death,” said Dr. Gregory E. Young, Acting Associate Commissioner, New York State Department of Health.  “Facilities such as WCA that ensure mothers and newborns are provided the vaccine for this preventable disease are to be commended for their efforts which are helping to reduce the long term health burden this disease places both on the individuals involved, as well  as on society as a whole.”

The New York State Certificate of Excellence award is based on the latest set of measures that have been accepted as indicators of quality.  To receive the award in this category, WCA had to demonstrate its maternity applied specific processes to eliminate or reduce the risk for Hepatitis B.

“This recognition has great meaning for our hospital because it affirms and reflects the dedication of our physicians and employees in their quest for excellence in patient care,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “We believe a commitment to high quality care and continuous improvement is imperative in the care of our patients and we are very pleased to be recognized for our quality efforts.”

“Our staff continually looks for ways to improve patient care,” adds Donna Barber, RNC, WCA Hospital OB Coordinator.  “We attribute the success of these high quality clinical outcomes to the collaboration of our physicians and staff in educating our mothers beginning with their prenatal care in the physician’s office and continuing through childbirth education classes and pediatric care.”

As part of WCA Hospital’s commitment to improving quality of patient care, the hospital participates in several state and national programs and initiatives organized by independent, third-party agencies for which they voluntarily report clinical outcome data. 

WCA Hospital is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the The Joint Commission 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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