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Historic Exhibit Commemorates 125th Birthday of WCA

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From left showcasing the photo collection of the early pioneer physicians from the research excerpts of Dr. John Voltmann, Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair; Mrs. Jean Voltmann, wife of the late Dr. Voltmann; Linda Swanson Voltmann, daughter of John Voltmann; Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital Public Relations Spokesperson.

Jamestown, New York, (Friday, May 14, 2010)—On Sunday, May 23, WCA Hospital will host a 125th Birthday Party from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., on the grounds of WCA Hospital, 207 Foote Avenue, in commemoration of 125 years of service to its community.  A “125th Historic Exhibit” will be on display during the celebration that includes artifacts dating back to the hospital’s founding in 1885.

The exhibit offers a glimpse into the 125 year history of WCA Hospital.  Archived excerpts from research complied by the late John Voltmann, MD - long-time practicing physician in Jamestown - will take participants back to the early medicine and the pioneer physicians of Chautauqua County.  The excerpts include an extraordinary historic collection consisting largely of manuscripts, images, newspaper clippings, reference documents, and other materials on the medical men, their societies and the health and vigor of Chautauqua County tracing back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection is notable for its account of the area’s pioneer physicians, the first doctors who practiced medicine in Chautauqua County. 

Other artifacts on display at the Historic Exhibit will include:  WCA postcard collection, shared by area resident Marlin Casker; one of the early WCA volunteer uniform’s on display from Jean Voltmann; an original 1951 Fund Raising Brochure from Jamestown resident, Hazel Torrey; W.C.A. Auxiliary memorabilia; an original School of Nursing bib and apron from the family of Joyce Larson; School of Nursing original transcripts, bills, letters and correspondence from the school, shared by Mildred Withington; newspaper clippings,  school yearbooks and clothing worn by the early nursing students and staff nurses; hospital annual reports and other printed materials on the WCA history; children’s hospital books; original photos dating back to 1885; and much, much more.

“Please mark your calendars and join us as we honor our illustrious past and celebrate our bright future,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “We thank everyone for trusting us in their care and inspiring us to give our best each and every day.  We encourage friends, families and neighbors to attend this special event as we honor 125 years of service to a community we have been so privileged to serve.”

Outside, on the front lawn of WCA Hospital, a stage will feature live, local musical entertainment from the Infinity Big Band, from Noon to 12:45 p.m., Bill Ward & Amanda Barton, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., and the Wind River Band, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Inside, the WCA Hospital Auditorium will feature live comedy.  From 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., The Unexpected Guests, a local improvisational comedy troupe, will entertain the public. So, what can you expect from The Unexpected Guests?  Well, that’s up to the audience. The scenes are all based on audience suggestions. At 1:15, WCA Hospital employee Diane Marlatt assumes the personality of her alter ego, “Maude”, who is sure to make you laugh.

Tickets for a ¼ chicken barbecue ($6 pre-sale, $7 event) and hot dog meal ($3.50 pre-sale, $4.50) are now available at WCA Hospital in the Pearl City Café or Hospital Cafeteria. These meals include pasta salad, fruit, potato chips, dinner roll, ice cream, and soda.  $1 from each meal sold will benefit WCA’s Sharing the Gift of Health capital campaign for our new Emergency Department.

Harvey Sanden, “The Balloon Man”, will bring a smile to faces young and old with his unique brand of balloon fun.  Kids will also enjoy games, face-painting, balloons, cotton candy, popcorn, giveaways and of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

Chartered in 1885, The Woman’s Christian Association (WCA) of Jamestown, 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.  From these humble beginnings, WCA Hospital has continued to grow and expand to meet the ever-changing needs of the community and surrounding areas.  Today, WCA Hospital is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit national award-winning healthcare provider, employing nearly 1,200 employees, 100 physicians on the medical staff, and over 120 active volunteers.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors and your lawn chairs!  For more information, please contact WCA 125th Birthday Party, contact Event Organizer, Toni DeAngelo, at (716) 664-8677 or

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