Hardly a department of UPMC Chautauqua WCA was untouched by WCA Foundation’s grants in 2016. The gamut of grants from endowment funds ranged from a mannequin to help the education of staff involved in emergency delivery of infants to a Wi-Fi cardiac monitor system throughout the hospital. Other grants included cardiac carts, renovation of the Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) equipment and offices, the purchase of an Aortic Balloon Pump and upgrades to the Neurology and Sleep Center areas.
Three-quarters of the $469,609 was interest from funds started from the estates of former Jamestown residents like Esther Hoag, Elizabeth Garatt Taylor and Joyce and Harold Childress, M.D. in their wills for the benefit of the hospital and the people it serves. These funds have grown over the years through the prudent management of their original gifts while millions of grants from the interest earned on the funds were distributed to the hospital.
Grants from funds restricted in their purpose allocated $113,384 this year. Equipment for Starflight, a bariatric wheelchair , gas cards to facilitate transportation of cancer patients to their treatment appointments, employee training and education, an oxygen blender and geriatric recliner chairs used by Dialysis, Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care unit patients are a few uses of this grant money.
WCA Foundation is a supporting organization of UPMC Chautauqua WCA. As such, grants are determined in two ways. The traditional grant is given from an earned income formula determined by the State of New York . It protects the foundation’s endowments while directing its potential giving power. The second type of grants are those given by donors to WCA Foundation for immediate use by the hospital. These gifts are passed along to the hospital when the donor’s described use is a current need of the hospital. This type of gift is often received when building or specialized equipment campaigns are conducted by the hospital – such as the building of the emergency department or the purchase of robotic surgical equipment.
To learn how you can help sustain the excellence of UPMC Chautauqua WCA through a gift, creating a new fund or arranging for a legacy gift, contact WCA Foundation’s Executive Director Brigetta Overcash, 7167.664.5461, Brigetta.Overcash@wcahospital.org or Director of Development Megan Barone, 716.664.8423, Megan.D’Angelo@wcahospital.org.