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WCA Hospital Auxiliary Makes Gift to Physical Therapy for New Elliptical

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The WCA Hospital Auxiliary recently made a $3,072 gift which enabled the purchase of an elliptical machine for the new WCA Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Therapy. George Ciancio, WCA Senior Physical Therapist, shows off the new elliptical to members of the WCA Hospital Auxiliary Board of Directors (L to R); Sara Vail, Mary Phaneuf, Amy Reinhardt and Judy Littlejohn.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, March 21, 2011) – WCA Hospital recently opened its new WCA Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Therapy located at 31 Sherman Street in Jamestown. To help better equip this new center and to enhance physical therapy, the WCA Hospital Auxiliary made a $3,072 gift which enabled WCA Hospital to purchase a total body elliptical.

“We are so grateful to the Auxiliary for quickly and generously responding to our request,” said George Ciancio, WCA Senior Physical Therapist. “We are now able to incorporate this fantastic elliptical machine into the daily routines of many of our outpatients, resulting in a more effective therapy experience and improved outcomes.”

The use and popularity of elliptical machines has increased dramatically as an alternative to high impact running. Ellipticals have continued to improve in their features, sturdiness, and aerobic benefits, thus providing many positive effects. Ellipticals are ideal for rehabilitating injured or torn muscles and tendons, which is why they are extremely beneficial in physical therapy settings. Because one’s feet are constantly on the foot pedals as they make a running or cycling motion, the joints do not have to absorb the shock that they would if you were running or jumping rope for cardiovascular benefits.

One of the greatest advantages of elliptical training is the fact that most any rehabilitation patient can use it regardless of age, size, or fitness level. Ellipticals have been proven to help injured athletes, as well as older and overweight people, in physical therapy.

“This particular elliptical machine enables us to easily and properly adjust incline, resistance, and speed to cater to each individual,” explains Dan Johnson, WCA Director of Rehab Services. “It will be extremely beneficial in helping numerous patients reach their rehabilitative goals more quickly, while enhancing and providing variety to their daily therapy experience.”

The WCA Hospital Auxiliary is a dedicated group of individuals which raise 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 their community hospital.

For information about how you can become of a member of the WCA Hospital Auxiliary, or to make a tax-deductible gift to WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or

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