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Contact: Karl Sisson
WCA Hospital Director of Development
(716) 664-8423

Hultquist Foundation Makes $1 M Grant to WCA Hospital for New Emergency Department

WCA Hospital
Representing WCA Hospital, Betsy Wright, President & CEO, and Lillian Vitanza Ney, Campaign Chair, join Tom Flowers, President of the Hultquist Foundation, to acknowledge the foundation’s $1 million grant to support WCA’s capital campaign for its new Emergency Department.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, October 20, 2011)—The Hultquist Foundation recently made a second $500,000 grant to WCA Hospital to support Sharing the Gift of Health: The Capital Campaign for Our Emergency Department. In addition to a $500,000 grant the Jamestown-based foundation had already made in 2009, this brings its total capital campaign support to $1 million.

“The Hultquist Foundation, carrying on the tradition of the Hultquist family, recognizes that WCA Hospital is vitally important to the health and well-being of the entire Chautauqua Region,” says Tom Flowers, President of the Hultquist Foundation. “Understanding that a new Emergency Department is critical to the future of our community and our community hospital, the Hultquist Foundation firmly believes that a $1 million investment in this capital project is warranted.”

“We could not be more pleased to receive these tremendous grants,” says Betsy Wright, President and CEO of WCA Hospital. “On behalf of the entire WCA Family, we are grateful to the Hultquist Foundation and we honor the legacy of the Hultquist family. Civic-minded individuals like the Hultquists have shared a forward-looking vision for our community. This shared vision and our community’s generosity has enabled us to begin construction on our 21st century Emergency Department as we look forward with great anticipation to the future of healthcare in our community.”

“We would not be where we are today without the incredible outpouring of support we have received from so many donors and our community, for which we are grateful,” Lillian Vitanza Ney, MD, Chair of the capital campaign. “To date, thanks to the outstanding generosity of numerous individuals, organizations, and businesses, and local foundations like the Hultquist Foundation, we are getting closer and closer to our $16.5 M capital campaign goal.”

Hultquist Foundation
The Hultquist Foundation was created in 1965 following the death of well-known industrialist, Earl Hultquist, by his siblings, Carl Hultquist and Bessie Hultquist Hall, and supports charitable organizations in and around the Jamestown area through its board of trustees; Thomas I. Flowers, John K. Plumb, Robert F. Rohm, Jr. and William L. Wright.

WCA Hospital’s New Emergency Department
WCA Hospital’s 21st-century Emergency Department is now under full construction and expected to be open in 2012. With great advances in space and privacy, WCA Hospital’s new 18,000 square foot Emergency Department will dramatically improve the overall patient experience.

To date, WCA has surpassed the 85% mark by securing over $14 M toward the $16.5 M capital campaign goal and is accepting gifts and pledges payable through 2013. To make a 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 visit WCA Hospital’s web site at

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