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WCA Signs Affiliation Agreement with UPMC Hamot

WCA Signs Affiliation Agreement with UPMC Hamot
Seated from left, Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; and Jim Fiorenzo, UPMC Hamot President, sign the strategic affiliation agreement between WCA Hospital and UPMC Hamot that will expand access to healthcare services and resources in the region. Standing in back from left, Brenda J. Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair; John Malone, UPMC Hamot Chief Executive Officer; and B. Scott Kern, UPMC Hamot Board of Directors chair.

Jamestown, New York,(Tuesday, August 14, 2012)—WCA Hospital and UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania, announced today that they have signed a strategic affiliation agreement between the two health systems that will expand access to healthcare services and resources in the region.

The affiliation signed on Monday, August 13, 2012, by leaders from the two hospitals, enables WCA Hospital to retain control of the hospital and the services they provide while affording the community the expertise and resources of UPMC Hamot that is now part of UPMC, an academic medical center. 

Betsy Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, said the affiliation agreement will strengthen WCA as a regional hospital and comprehensive healthcare system.  “The greatest benefit of our affiliation is keeping high-quality care close to home,” said Mrs. Wright.  “Community hospitals across the nation are facing extraordinary challenges in today’s uncertain healthcare environment.  We are very excited to work alongside UPMC Hamot to provide greater opportunity moving forward into the future of healthcare delivery including our ability to recruit physicians and provide additional local specialty services to the benefit of everyone we serve.  Through our combined efforts, healthcare will continue to grow even stronger and preserve local access to patient care.”

The affiliation is a strategic affiliation whereby both WCA Hospital and UPMC Hamot have agreed to work collaboratively on initiatives that will enhance the healthcare delivery in the local region.  Therefore, WCA Hospital will retain separate identity from UPMC Hamot.  WCA Hospital will remain an independent, not-for-profit hospital and retain its independence and assets.  The efforts of the WCA Foundation will support only WCA Hospital.

UPMC Hamot is a 412-bed tertiary care facility, regional referral hub, and Level II Trauma Center located in Erie, Pa. Supported by a 400-member medical staff and 3,100 dedicated employees, UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies. The organization joined UPMC on February 1, 2011.

“UPMC Hamot is looking forward to a long and successful partnership with WCA,” said Jim Fiorenzo, UPMC Hamot President.  “This strategic affiliation not only strengthens WCA as the foremost provider of healthcare throughout Jamestown, New York and the Southern Tier, but it further enhances UPMC Hamot’s commitment to serve the patients of Chautauqua County.”

The WCA Hospital Board of Directors restated that patient access to high-quality care locally; the ability to recruit new physicians and provide additional services and programs; and the preservation to retain hospital independence and local board decisions remain top priorities. 

“This affiliation brings together two dedicated and committed organizations to enhance services, quality and patient care throughout Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair.  “While we continue to succeed as an independent organization, our affiliation with UPMC Hamot will allow us to broaden and strengthen our scope of services and programs that we can offer our community while maintaining excellent healthcare locally.”

WCA Hospital and UPMC Hamot will immediate begin working on collaborations in a number of support and clinical areas that will be mutually beneficial to both organizations and address community need.  One of the key benefits and top priorities of the affiliation is to expand its physician recruitment efforts to recruit medical and surgical as well as primary care which includes family practice and general internal medicine physicians.  Also in progress through the affiliation, will be physician-to-physician consults via Telemedicine and other modalities.  

About WCA Hospital
The mission of WCA Hospital is to improve the health and well being of the people of Chautauqua County and the surrounding area.  WCA Hospital, a 342-licensed bed hospital, is located in Jamestown, New York, chartered in 1885, 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 has been recognized at the state and national level for high quality care outcomes and ranked top performer among hospitals across the United States.  The 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, visit WCA’s website at http://www.wcahospital.org, or call (716) 487-0141.

About UPMC Hamot
UPMC Hamot is a 412-bed tertiary care facility, regional referral hub, and Level II Trauma Center located in Erie, Pa. Supported by a 400-member medical staff and 3,100 dedicated employees, UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies. The organization joined UPMC on February 1, 2011.

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