UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Leaders Report Year In Review

Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA

JAMESTOWN — Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and affiliated board chairs delivered a recap of the past year’s accomplishments and financial summary at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Corporations entitled, “Defining Moments,” during a breakfast meeting held at the hospital on Thursday, June 21.

“We brought together expert physicians, employees, volunteers, and community health leaders and supporters to do what matters most – care for and protect our patients,” Wright said. “One of our proudest moments last year was breaking ground on a $20 million construction project to build a Women’s and Maternity Care Center and an inpatient adult and adolescent mental health program. The building project is a two-story, vertical expansion above the Emergency Department that will add approximately 44,000 square-feet to the hospital. The third floor will be home to the new women’s and maternity care services and the fourth floor will be dedicated to 20-bed inpatient mental health unit.”

Wright says the construction project was funded by New York State’s Department of Health Essential Health Care Provider Support Program.

Wright reported on a number of other accomplishments including, a building project located at Jones Memorial Health Center to construct a long term residential treatment program slated to open in late 2018. The treatment program has been hailed a positive investment in the community that will serve an epidemic of substance abuse in the past several years across the state and recognized as a critical need by Governor Cuomo and the New York State of Alcoholism and Substances Services. Other highlights mentioned: new swing lab to accommodate cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, and pain management program; breast stereotactic system that hails earlier breast cancer findings; only hospital in Chautauqua County designated a Primary Stroke Center by New York State Department of Health; and its continuing integration into the $16 billion UPMC system.

Chair of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA board of directors, Steven Kilburn, said that the past year was an historic year for the hospital. “We are part of a large, growing, and cutting-edge system,” said Kilburn. “UPMC has more than 30 hospitals and 8,500 licensed beds. It reported $16 billion in operating revenue in 2017. The health system retains 80,000 employees and maintains one of the largest international footprints of any U.S. health care enterprise with partnerships in Ireland, Italy and China, among other regions. Last November, UPMC revealed plans to invest $2 billion to build three digitally-centered specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh. We belong to this amazing health care system which gives us greater access to services, improved quality measures, and increased financial stability while remaining a local, hometown hospital.”

Wright noted the hospital welcomed 13 new physicians on its medical staff this past year. The Hospital Association of New York State reported UPMC Chautauqua WCA generated $213,000,000 in economic activity in 2017.

For a hard copy of the 2017 annual report, contact public relations at 664-8614 or email, johnsonlj4@upmc.edu. To learn more about hospital services and programs, visit UPMCChautuauquaWCA.org.

About UPMC Chautauqua WCA

UPMC Chautauqua WCA, a 317-licensed bed hospital chartered in 1885, is southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit health care system, offering an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient acute and rehabilitation services. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Radiology, CEO Roundtable on Cancer Gold Standard Employer, and approved by the American College of Surgeons (ACos) Commission on Cancer (CoC). For more information, visit UPMCChautauqua.org or call 487-0141.

About UPMC

A $16 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides more than $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 80,000 employees, more than 30 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.2 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. As UPMC works in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC, and UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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