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WCA Hospital Public Relations
(716) 664-8614

WCA Hospital Special Care Unit Receives Community
Foundation Grant for Automatic Doors

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Ruth Yancey-Walton, RN, BSN, and Nurse Manager for the WCA Hospital Special Care Unit, demonstrates to Gregory Jones, O.D., Karl Peterson Fund Grants Committee member for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, how the new automatic doors work as she opens them for Anna LaMantia, WCA Radiologic Technologist.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, November 22, 2010)—The WCA Hospital Special Care Unit recently received a $1,000 grant through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation from the Karl Peterson Fund. This grant, along with several tribute gifts, enabled WCA Hospital to purchase automatic door openers.

“My staff is just thrilled with this improvement,” explains Ruth Yancey-Walton, RN, BSN, and Nurse Manager for the WCA Hospital Special Care Unit. “We are so thankful for the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and individual donors. These new automatic door openers improve safety and enhance our staff, patient, and family experience.”

WCA Hospital’s Special Care Unit (commonly referred to as an Intensive Care Unit or ICU) is supported by specially-trained critical care physicians, nurses, and therapists certified in advanced cardiac life support, and other treatments that are required by severely ill or injured patients. Located on the third floor of WCA Hospital, the 15-bed Special Care Unit is equipped with computerized monitoring and state of the art infusion devices, combining some of the latest medical technology with caring and compassionate staff.

However, a major shortfall to the design of our Special Care Unit was the lack of automatic doors. It was commonly a challenge for patients (often being transported on a stretcher or in a wheelchair), families, and staff to enter or exit the unit through the heavy manual doors.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift to support WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or visit

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