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WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
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Building Emergency Excellence

Jamestown, New York (June, 2011)—A final signature from New York State signals the exciting beginning of  construction on our 21-Century Emergency Department.  “This is a very big day for WCA,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “We can now begin to lay the foundation for our new Emergency Department which will provide patients with a private, patient-centered care experience equipped to meet our community needs well into the future.”

Taken from an interview with the Jamestown Post-Journal news reporter, “We are now prepared to start to see the building actually rise,” said Betsy.  “The site plan and all planning have been authorized at all levels, but the state mandates a final ‘Approval to Construct’ letter which permits the start of the construction phase.  A ‘Certificate of Need’ was attained last year to enable the demolition of our historic South Building.   Meanwhile, WCA launched a capital fund-raising campaign that has exceeded $13.9 million of the anticipated costs for our new Emergency Department.”

The Emergency Department provides 55 percent of all emergency visits in Chautauqua County and is the principal driver of inpatient volume as 77.5 percent of the hospital’s inpatients begin their episode of care in the Emergency Department.               

WCA’s Emergency Department is the main source of health care for a large percentage of area residents and provides much of the medical care for patients without medical insurance.  It plays a key role in public health surveillance as well as disaster preparation and response.

Construction of the WCA Hospital new 18,000-square-foot Emergency Department will maintain and enhance the quality of care for which WCA is nationally recognized.  Featuring 28 private treatment rooms and two private triage rooms, the Emergency Department will meet the present and future volume demands of our community, offering patients state-of-the-art care and treatment. The new Emergency Department will feature a large, welcoming entrance; comfortable seating; a commitment to privacy; and the outstanding utilization of natural light will completely envelop the entire future Emergency Department.  The project’s guiding principle is to create an environment that promotes patient- centered care, patient safety, efficiency and employee and patient satisfaction while meeting the needs of the community now and in the future. In addition to the improvements to the facility, the hospital’s emergency department staff continue to enhance the patient experience.                   

For information on how you can support Sharing the Gift of Health: The Capital Campaign for our Emergency Department, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA Director of Development at 664-8423 or e-mail

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