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WCA Hospital Public Relations
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WCA 125th Commemorative Committee Seeks Artifacts

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The WCA Hospital 125th Commemorative Committee from left, Karl Sisson, WCA Hospital Office of Development; Joni Blackman, Fenton History Center director. Standing from left, Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital Public Relations; Helen Ebersole, local historian; Bonnie Engberg, Class of 1959 graduate of the WCA Hospital School of Nursing. Ms. Engberg is dressed in a navy blue women’s vintage nursing cape worn by the nursing students in the early 1900s. The garment is 100% wool, embroidered with the nurse’s initials stitched on the inside of the wrap. (Not pictured from the WCA Hospital 125th Commemorative Committee: Judith Burgett, Barbara Bumsted, Diane Wellman, Jane Campbell, Brenda Ireland, Larry Senn and James Zadoorian, and Mildred Withington.)

Jamestown, New York (Monday, March 29, 2010)—The WCA Hospital 125th Commemorative Committee is piecing together the history of the hospital and asking the community to share their artifacts and keepsakes for its commemorative “125th Anniversary Community Celebration Event & Historic Exhibit” that will be held on the day of WCA Hospital’s 125th birthday, Sunday, May 23, 2010.

The 125th commemorative committee is seeking any WCA Hospital artifacts that date back to the hospital’s founding in 1885 that would be appealing and intriguing to feature in its historic exhibit to add with its current collection of photographs and images, postcards, nurse uniforms, caps and capes, school yearbooks, newspaper clippings and press releases, published materials, manuscripts, and old hospital bills.

“We are asking the community to share their hidden treasures,” said Linda Johnson, an organizer of the project. “I was born at WCA as were my husband and children and this hospital is of great personal significance to me and so many other people in Chautauqua County. The historic exhibit will offer a glimpse back in time to the oldest hospital in southwestern New York and I encourage residents to share their keepsakes for what ought to be an exciting peek into the rich history of WCA.”

Chartered in 1885, under New York State law, the Woman’s Christian Association of New York was founded as a boarding house for young working women and a one room hospital for its residents and other sick and injured persons. Since its humble beginnings in 1885, WCA has nationally recognized for its high quality care and grown and advanced throughout its history to meet the ever-changing health needs throughout the region, advancing extraordinary results since it opened its doors in health services, technology, treatment, and inpatient and outpatient care.

The WCA Hospital 125th Commemorative Committee members include, Judith Burgett, Barbara Bumsted, Diane Wellman, Jane Campbell, Brenda Ireland, Larry Senn, Linda Johnson, Karl Sisson and James Zadoorian, Joni Blackman, Bonnie Engberg, Helen Ebersole, and Mildred Withington.

Individuals who would like to share their artifacts are asked to contact the WCA Hospital Public Relations Office, at (716) 664-8614. Contributors will be asked to provide a brief, written description about the artifact(s).

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