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WCA Receives Excellence Award from VHA, Inc.

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From left, accepting the VHA Award, Daniel W. Tota, WCA Hospital Director of Physician Services; Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Cecil M. Miller III, WCA Hospital Vice President of Support Services; Christopher D’Angelo, WCA Hospital Director of Purchasing.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, July 8, 2015)—WCA Hospital announced today it has received an Excellence Award from VHA Inc., the national healthcare network. The award recognizes WCA Hospital leadership and staff for documenting one of the highest levels of improvement in cost performance for physician preference items within the VHA alliance. Of the VHA member hospitals reviewed for the award, WCA Hospital was one of only four hospitals in the country recognized for their improvement in 2014.

The award was presented on Thursday, May 14, during VHA’s national Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas. 

“We are delighted to be recognized nationally for our excellent performance,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Everyone at WCA plays an important role in supply cost evaluation and performance improvement.  We continuously measure how we perform and ensure that we are as efficient and effective as we can be in all areas of the hospital including supply chain efficiencies and cost performance goals and metrics.  I applaud our hospital’s leadership, physicians, and employees for their hard work in managing costs while providing high-quality healthcare for our patients.”

To determine the winners of their Excellence Award, VHA evaluated the Physician Preference Item Price Index of its member hospitals using their VHA PriceLYNX analytic solution. Hospitals use the analytical tool to gain insight into where they can achieve greater savings for these specialty items.

“Hospitals today are focused on making every aspect of their operations as cost effective as possible while also delivering superior clinical outcomes and patient experiences,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery. “WCA Hospital’s staff is committed to continuous cost improvement in their service lines and quality outcomes for their patients and we are pleased to recognize their achievements over the course of 2014.”

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.  The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American College of Radiology, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), and approved by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).  For more information, visit WCA’s website at, or call (716) 487-0141.

About VHA Inc.
Effective April 1, 2015, VHA Inc., the national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals, and UHC, the alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, combined into a single organization. The combined organization is the largest member-owned health care company in the country and is dedicated to leading health care innovation, creating knowledge and fostering collaboration to help our members thrive. The company serves more than 5,200 health system members and affiliates as well as 118,000 non-acute health care customers. Members range from independent, community-based health care organizations to large, integrated systems and academic medical centers, and it represents more than $50 billion in annual purchasing volume. Headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States.

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