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WCA Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Honors


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Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; and Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health and Wellness Director; display the CEO Gold Standard Accreditation, that recognizes WCA Hospital’s commitment to taking action to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyles.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard Seal

Jamestown, New York (Monday, August 18, 2014)—WCA Hospital, the region’s healthcare leader, joins an exclusive group of organizations that received CEO Cancer Gold Standard Employer for 2014 re-accreditation honors, recognizing their commitment to taking concrete actions to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyle.  The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is an initiative designed to combat cancer in the workplace. 

WCA’s Gold Standard accreditation represents a milestone for WCA Hospital, whose culture is built on helping and improving the lives of others, beginning with its own employees.  As a Gold Standard organization, the accreditation represents a gold standard of leadership and demonstrates how employers can play an active and meaningful role in reducing cancer risk and improving the overall health of their employees and family members.

“As a Gold Standard employer, WCA Hospital is sending out a strong message to their employees that they care about their health each and every day,” said Dr. Martin J. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer for the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.  “It is because of WCA’s leadership that their employees and their families can continue to celebrate their employer’s keen interest in their health and well-being.  We congratulate WCA on its continuing efforts to meet this gold standard of excellence in cancer prevention, early detection and quality cancer care.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.

According to Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation recognizes WCA’s dedication in developing and implementing health and wellness initiatives aimed at maintaining a corporate culture that fosters healthy lifestyles and reduces the risk of cancer.  “We are proud to be awarded re-accreditation honors in our continuing efforts to meet the standard of cancer excellence,” said Betsy.  “As an organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, it is extremely important that we educate our employees and their family members about cancer risks and provide them with the necessary tools that encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors and provide access to high-quality treatment in the fight against cancer.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard has recently been enhanced to place more emphasis on prevention, recognizing that there are numerous things that an employer can do to lower the risk of a cancer diagnosis.  With ongoing commitments from employers to enable employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to be screened appropriately for certain cancers and to provide access to state-of-the-science cancer treatment, employers are making a difference in the lives of their staff and families.

“It is up to each employee to accept responsibility for their own health, but the tools we provide to our employees help facility good health decisions that result in healthier lifestyles for our staff and their families,” adds Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health and Wellness Director who coordinates the wellness activities for WCA Hospital. 

About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace.  For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.

About WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program
WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals under the medical direction of Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist.  The program provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. The comprehensive cancer care team is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer for residents in the Chautauqua County and surrounding region. In partnership with physicians, hospital staff, and health care providers, the nationally recognized program provides a comprehensive range of high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial and patient navigation support. A Cancer Care Treatment Committee composed of individuals specializing in every aspect of care for patients with malignant diseases reviews all cancer-related activities at WCA Hospital. By evaluating educational programs, interpreting Cancer Registry data and analyzing results of patient care studies, the Committee continues to raise the level of cancer care at WCA.

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