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WCA Hospital Public Relations
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WCA Hospital Employees Support Local
Community Through Care & Share Fund

WCA Hospital
Volunteer employee leaders of the WCA Hospital Care & Share Fund (L to R) Linda Martin, Lisa Christ, Sandy Lundberg, Toni DeAngelo, Nancy Lindberg, and Mary Jane Ahrens.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, March 4, 2011)—To “care” and to “share”. Two simple words that when practiced can produce extraordinary results. In the early 1980’s, WCA Hospital employees proposed and instituted a formal way to demonstrate their concern for our local community by sharing their personal resources to help meet the many needs of those who live here. This resulted in the creation of the “WCA Hospital Care & Share Fund” which has greatly benefited thousands of individuals over the course of the last three decades.

Contributions to the Care & Share Fund are made by WCA Hospital employees through voluntary payroll deduction and support our community’s charitable organizations. Currently, over 450 employees contribute to the Care & Share Fund and approximately $25,000 is gifted on an annual basis. This amount is in addition to the over $190,000 which has already been pledged or given by WCA employees to Sharing the Gift of Health: The Capital Campaign for Our Emergency Department.

“As employees, we want to tangibly demonstrate to our community that we not only care about and for you while you are here at WCA Hospital, but we also want to share our combined resources with other vital non-profit organizations who also serve our community well,” explains Lisa Christ, WCA Hospital employee and volunteer President of the Care & Share Fund.

Any employee who gives $.50 or more each pay period becomes a member of Care & Share and is welcome to attend monthly meetings where requests are considered and decisions are made as to how funds are allocated. In 2010, WCA employees gifted $18,000 to the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. The remaining $7,000+ was gifted to local non-profit organizations such as the Southern Tier Kidney Association, Union Gospel Mission, St. Susan’s, The Salvation Army, Joint Neighborhood Project, and numerous other worthy causes.

One recent example of Care & Share’s generosity was the donation of canvas bags to Lily’s Hope located in the WCA Hospital Cancer Treatment Center at Jones Memorial Health Center. WCA employees were able to come alongside the Zonta Club of Jamestown who created Lily’s Hope to benefit women diagnosed with cancer or another medical condition who are in need of a wig, cap, turban, or scarf and can now receive one free of charge.

The mission of WCA Hospital is to improve the health and well being of the people of Chautauqua County and the surrounding area. Chartered in 1885, WCA Hospital is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute and rehabilitation services. WCA Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American College of Radiology and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  For more information about WCA Hospital, visit www.wcahospital.org or (716) 487-0141.

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