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WCA Hospital Director of Development
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WCA Hospital Auxiliary Makes $35,000 Gift Toward New Emergency Department

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The WCA Hospital Auxiliary presented Betsy Wright, WCA President/CEO, with a $35,000 check - the third installment toward its five-year, $176,000 pledge to support WCA’s Sharing the Gift of Health capital campaign for a new Emergency Department. (L to R) Karl Sisson - WCA Director of Development, Amy Reinhardt – WCA Volunteer Coordinator, Sara Vail - Auxiliary Secretary, Margaret Anderson – Auxiliary Wish List Chair, and Betsy Wright.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, August 4, 2011)—The WCA Hospital Auxiliary presented Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, with a $35,000 check. This is the third annual installment toward the Auxiliary’s five-year, $176,000 pledge to support WCA’s capital campaign.  To date, the Auxiliary has already given a total of $130,000 to construct and equip two, private patient treatment rooms within the new Emergency Department.

“I am so thankful to the Auxiliary for its commitment to WCA Hospital,” says Betsy Wright. “These individuals are exceptional volunteers who fundraise and engineer their talents to make every auxiliary event a success. Together, we look forward to the opening of the new front door of health care in our community when construction is completed for our 21st century Emergency Department.”

This $35,000 gift represents the proceeds from several fundraising activities conducted by the WCA Hospital Auxiliary, including the operation of the hospital’s gift shop. This gift also includes a grant from the W.C.A. Foundation, Inc. through the Hoag Family Fund, an endowment fund which annually supports WCA Hospital through the Auxiliary.

“In 2009, the Auxiliary made a three-year, $106,000 pledge to support the capital campaign,” explains Mary Phaneuf, Treasurer. “In 2011, thanks to the dedication of our Auxiliary board members and the generosity of the W.C.A. Foundation, we exceeded that goal. So, we extended our pledge to five years with the expectation of exceeding our new $176,000 goal.”

The WCA Hospital Auxiliary is a dedicated group of individuals which raises funds to support the mission, growth and development of WCA Hospital. The Auxiliary, which consists of 130 members, provides a way for anyone in the community who has been served by WCA an opportunity to give back in support of our community hospital.

WCA Hospital’s 21st Century Emergency Department, located where the hospital’s former South Building once stood, is now under full construction. It will minimize patient treatment times, decrease throughput and admission times, improve efficiency and collaboration, enhance physician recruitment efforts, and meet the present day and the increasing future emergency care demands of the Chautauqua Region. With great advances in space and privacy, WCA Hospital’s new 18,000 square foot Emergency Department will dramatically improve the overall patient experience.

For information about how you can become of a member of the WCA Hospital Auxiliary, or to make a tax-deductible gift to support Sharing the Gift of Health: The Capital Campaign for Our Emergency Department, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or, or visit

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