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WCA Hospital Receives Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission

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The Joint Commission Gold Seal

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, December 11, 2012)— WCA Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes WCA’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

In April of 2012, The Joint Commission completed a rigorous unannounced on-site survey of WCA, leading to the Gold Seal of accreditation award. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated WCA for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, WCA has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend WCA for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

“With our accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. I want to extend my sincere thanks to our board of directors and hospital leadership, physicians, employees and volunteers, for their hard work and continuous efforts in maintaining the highest levels of patient care and service for those we are so privileged to serve.”

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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 317-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, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories, the American College of Radiology and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. For more information, visit WCA’s website at, or call (716) 487-0141.

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