WCA Foundation Sets Grants Record

Peter Stark, right, chair of W.C.A, Foundation, Inc., points out the $560,258 total of the 2018 grants to board members and staff of W.C.A, Foundation, Inc. From left, back, are Laura Otander, Wendy Kane, Jim Smith, Jim Pullan and Robert Ungerer, M.D. Shown in front from left are Jim Domagola, Cristie Herbst, Development Director Megan Barone, executive director Brigetta Overcash and Betsy Wright, president UPMC Chautauqua WCA who received the record setting check from Stark. UPMC Chautauqua WCA photo by Joel Marsh

UPMC Chautauqua WCA receives support to continue excellent service to region


WCA Foundation, Inc. is setting a record of support for the health care of the city of Jamestown and the Chautauqua Region.

“I am very proud, and I think the foundation board members are very proud, to be able to support the hospital to the extent we are this year.  We are providing $560,258 to the hospital this year and I believe that is the most ever given in a single year,” Peter Stark, chair of the WCA Foundation board of directors, said at a ceremony for the presentation of the 2018 grants to UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

“I think the many, many donors who have contributed since the beginning of the foundation should be proud and gratified by that as well.  That type of community support is why the best days of local health care are in front of us,” he added. “Two record setting donation totals in two years is an impressive beginning to our long-term affiliation with UPMC Chautauqua.”

Betsy Wright, CEO of UPMC Chautauqua WCA, accepted the gift to the hospital on behalf of the hospital’s board of directors.

“This major gift allows us to accelerate our investment in our hospital and illustrates the foundation’s passion and commitment to protect and preserve local health care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, president UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “These vital grants keep UPMC Chautauqua WCA on the cutting edge of technology; recruit and retain talented health care professionals; and maintain the highest levels of patient care in the region. The community’s generosity in supporting the foundation has an extraordinary impact on our hospital and we are truly grateful to our donors who make our work possible.”

“I think it is important for the community to understand that while the UPMC affiliation is greatly enhancing the medical services provided locally, the money that is donated to the hospital and to WCA Foundation will continue to support the hospital here. Nothing has changed in that regard locally,” added Stark. “It also does not reduce the commitment that UPMC has made to invest here locally in this community.  So money that is raised here and donated here enhances and supplements what UPMC is committed to investing here.

“I also want to emphasize that, if you as a donor create a fund at the foundation, those dollars will be used in the manner that you direct at the time you set up the fund.  So, by establishing a fund, you can control the purpose that the fund will support.  That is also true if you donate to an existing fund or give to the foundation for an immediate need or campaign of the hospital.  Those monies will be used to support the specific purpose of the fund, such as breast cancer or medical education.  I think it’s important that the community understands that and I hope that they do,” concluded Stark.

Betsy added, “There is something wonderfully fulfilling about doing something you are passionate about. When donors bestow their names to an endowment fund or give to an established fund, they create an enduring legacy that will influence future generations.”

The 2018 WCA Foundation gifts to the local hospital include $141,535 in grants restricted by their donors for specific uses in the various departments of the hospital. Scholarships for UPMC Chautauqua WCA employees and students of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiologic Technology and the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program total $9,300.  In addition, $2,455 will support equipment to care for patients in the Starflight helicopters. $418,723 will be used by the hospital to educationally advance its employees and for improvement of the equipment and services of the hospital at the discretion of the hospital’s administration. These grants are created by the capital gains of the foundation’s $14.7M endowment in accordance with regulatory guidelines of the New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act – NYMPIFA.

WCA Foundation, Inc. was created 35 years ago as a 501 (c3) supporting foundation to the Women’s Christian Association Hospital now operating as UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The foundation’s sole purpose is to support and promote the hospital with grants for charitable, scientific and educational purposes as long as the hospital exists in Jamestown, N.Y. To do that the foundation board and staff solicit, receive, hold, maintain, invest and reinvest money and other real and personal property received at the discretion of the board of directors of WCA Foundation.

The foundation and supporters of specific funds accomplish fund raising in a variety of ways. The annual Donation Days campaign, the Boo! to Breast Cancer, and Framed in Pink – Strike out Breast Cancer events and the Vincent Messina Memorial Golf Tournament are a few opportunities offered to support Jamestown’s world class health care hospital, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. This year “Rosie’s Run” will be added to enhance the Rosemary Billquist Scholarship Fund.  The foundation has 40 funds which support the specific interest of their initial donors. Areas of support include robotics, cancer and cardiology services, education of employees, equipment, pediatric and neonatal care, obstetrics, surgery and the many other areas of service at the hospital.

Donors may receive more information about WCA Foundation by contacting Brigetta Overcash, executive director of the foundation at 716.664.5461, or Overcashbe@upmc.edu. Tax deductible donations in support of the hospital may be sent to WCA Foundation, 300 Foote Ave., P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702 or made on-line at the WCA Foundation website: www.wcafoundationjamestown.org

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