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WCA Board of Directors Receive Prestigious Advocacy Award

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From left, Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair who currently serves on the Healthcare Trustee of New York State (HTNYS) Board of Governors accepts the HTNYS Political Action Committee (PAC) Award from Richard H. Hawks, Jr., Immediate Past Chair of the HTNYS Board of Governors and HTNYS representative on the HANYS PAC Committee ; John Lane, Vice Chair, HTNYS Board of Governors and HTNYS representative on the HANYS PAC Committee ; and Steven Kroll, HANYS Vice President, Governmental Affairs and External Relations and HANYS PAC Treasurer.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, November 16, 2011)—The Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) recently honored Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair, and hospital board of directors’ members with the prestigious 2011 HTNYS Political Action Committee (PAC) Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and advocacy efforts on behalf of WCA Hospital and their communities in shaping health care reform at the local, state and national levels.

Mrs. Ireland, who serves on the HTNYS Board of Governors, accepted the honor during the Healthcare Trustees of New York State’s 2011 Annual Award Dinner held in Bolton Landing, New York, where more than 500 healthcare trustees, chief executive officers, and health care leaders from across the state gathered for the annual conference.

“Brenda is very engaged and involved on health care reform and spends a great deal of time following policy changes in Albany and Washington,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “The health care industry is changing rapidly as federal, state and local mandates develop. As a passionate advocate for our hospital, Brenda establishes relationships with elected officials and stays up-to-date on the issues. She takes the time to educate our board leadership on the matters affecting health care and our community. I congratulate Brenda, alongside our board members, for their outstanding leadership and contributions on grassroots advocacy initiatives on behalf of our hospital and the patients we serve.”

The 2011 WCA Board of Director members and recipients of the award include, Brenda Ireland, Chair; Howard Howlett, Jr., Vice Chair; Mr. Steve Kilburn, Secretary; Timothy Black, Treasurer; Anna Dibble, Assistant Treasurer; Judith Burgett, Past Chair; Barbara Bumsted, Janet Chew, Maynard Cotter, William Geary, MD/Ph.D.; Lyndon Gritters, MD; Ronald Klizek, MD; Wolf-Dieter Krahn, MD; James Roach; Michael Sullivan; and Betsy T. Wright.

Health care is at the forefront of public policy debates. Federal health care reform and state reform initiatives are charting a new course for the health care system. It is critical for trustees to participate in the HANYS action committee to speak in a united voice, delivering a strong message in both Albany and Washington, D.C. Healthcare Trustees of New York State created the Award to recognize a trustee for his or her outstanding participation and leadership in health care reform. Trustees participate by taking part in the governing process; representing the interests of their local communities; being continuously educated; and exercising effective leadership.

“It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of our board of directors,” adds Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair. “As members of Healthcare Trustees of New York State, we are actively involved in staying abreast of the latest state and national health care issues and play a pivotal role as advocates on health care reform affecting our hospital. Under the guidance and visionary leadership of Howard Howlett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Vice Chair and HTNYS Trustee, we are honored to be recognized as ambassadors for advocacy by HANYS political action committee.”

The Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation, and service to health providers and systems across the entire continuum of care. HANYS is the only statewide hospitals and continuing care association in New York State, representing more than 550 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing home, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) supports and promotes the advocacy efforts of health care trustees and offers the largest trustee education conference in the nation. HTNYS is an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). HTNYS serves trustees statewide through a Board of Governors which guides the organizations efforts. Any institution that is a HANYS member is served by HTNYS.

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