Photo Caption: ( L-R) Tammara Card-Hodges, Director of Imaging; Kristin Melville, Executive Director, WCA Foundation; Brian Durniok, UPMC Chautauqua CEO; James Pullan, Jr., WCA Foundation Chair; Cecil Miller, Vice- President of Operations; and Megan Barone, UPMC Chautauqua Development Director.

Jamestown – The WCA Foundation presented UPMC Chautauqua with a grant allocation of $627,556 to support the purchase of vital equipment, services, and staff scholarships. The WCA Foundation was incorporated in 1982 as a supporting foundation to the WCA Hospital, now UPMC Chautauqua. The mission of the WCA Foundation is to support healthcare at UPMC Chautauqua.

The funds will support almost every department of the hospital.  Highlights of how the funds will be used include the purchase of a Voluson Sonogram for the Maternity department that is used to objectively measure and evaluate fetal head progression in the second stage of labor. In addition, a bladder scanner that would decrease unnecessary invasive procedures such as catherization’s. Two procedure chairs for the wound center will allow patients to be safely cared for and help with their mobility during treatment.

“The WCA Foundation is pleased to partner with UPMC Chautauqua to fund equipment and projects that would not be expected to be found in a hospital of our size,” said WCA Foundation Board Chair James Pullan, Jr. The donation is made possible by individual giving and endowed funds established by community donors, many who were grateful patients and former staff who believed in the importance of high-quality patient care, close to home.

Kristin Melville, WCA Foundation Executive Director said, “This is a tremendous gift to the community and especially at a time in our lives where skill, faith and trust is paramount in healthcare. All gifts to UPMC Chautauqua through the WCA Foundation stay within our community hospital and benefit the citizens of Chautauqua County.”

FMI: The WCA Foundation is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to support healthcare at UPMC Chautauqua. To learn more please visit: or contact their offices located at Jones Health, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown, 716-664-8665.