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Contact: Megan D’Angelo
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 8423. Fax: (716) 664-8336
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Johnson Foundation Makes Grant to WCA for New Automated Laboratory Technology


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The Clinical Laboratory team at WCA Hospital showcases the newest technology at WCA Hospital graciously donated by a Johnson Foundation grant. Left to right: Christopher Srodawa, BS, MT(ASCP), MBA, WCA Hospital director of laboratory services; Austie Lawrence, BS MT(ASCP), medical technologist; Laural Paine, (MLT) (ASCP), medical technologist

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, September 17, 2015)—The Johnson Foundation recently made a $100,000 grant to WCA Hospital for the purchase of an automated urinalysis analyzer with medical imaging for the WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory. The CLINITEK Atlas® Automated Urine Chemistry Analyzer by SIEMENS is a fully automated benchtop instrument designed for high-volume urine testing that provides a wealth of indispensable clinical information.

The analysis of various markers in urine can help laboratory clinicians detect a number of disease states and conditions, including diabetes, kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and pregnancy related disorders.

“The Johnson Foundation has long been a supporter of our hospital and we are thankful for their generous donation to our Laboratory,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “New innovative technologies in healthcare enhance the way we deliver high quality patient care.  The Johnson Foundation’s continued commitment to WCA helps us provide the care that leads to the best outcomes for our patients and enriches and strengthens the overall health of this region.”

The WCA Hospital Laboratory is a progressive, high-volume automated laboratory with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computerization that provides physicians with high quality test results for patient diagnosis and care.  The hospital laboratory performs more than 1.5 million tests each year.

This vital urinalysis instrument enables the hospital’s laboratory to automate a very manual and labor intensive part of the urinalysis process.  “Our laboratory physicians, technologists and support team are very excited that the Johnson Foundation accepted our request to purchase this new, computerized instrument,” says Christopher Srodawa, BS, MT (ASCP), MBA, WCA Hospital Laboratory Services Director. “Urinalysis testing is a valuable tool for the detection of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and many other medical illnesses.  Our new analyzer will have a significant impact on the way we perform turnaround times—getting results to our physicians promptly—while enabling workflow efficiencies by reducing hands-on time for technologists which improves the overall operation of the laboratory.”

The Johnson Foundation provides funding to worthy causes that seek improving and providing a better quality of life in Jamestown and Chautauqua County in accordance with the terms of the will of the late John Alfred Johnson.  

For a list of WCA Hospital outpatient laboratory draw stations in the area, visit http://www.wcahospital.org/labs.php.  If you would like to discuss charitable giving opportunities at WCA Hospital, please contact Megan D’Angelo, Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423, visit www.wcahospital.org, or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, PO Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

 
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