WCA, HAMOT LOOK INTO PARTNERSHIP
JAMESTOWN – WCA Hospital and the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. have agreed to explore a strategic affiliation between the two health systems. If both parties are in agreement after identifying potential ways to enhance access to high quality care, expand services and improve efficiencies, and subsequent processes are completed, WCA would be the only New York State hospital to have such an affiliation with Hamot and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The agreement signifies the beginning of a due diligence period between the two organizations. Once completed, if both parties determine they want to move forward, WCA Hospital and UPMC Hamot will begin working on a definitive agreement and preparing the necessary filings with the appropriate regulatory agencies.
WCA Hospital President/CEO Betsy Wright says the discussions are in the best interests of WCA’s patients, both communities, and the two organizations. Wright says the partnership would enhance access to high-quality care while operating with greater efficiencies.
If a final agreement is reached, WCA Hospital would still remain an independent, not-for-profit hospital. All WCA assets are retained and the efforts of the WCA Foundation will support only WCA Hospital.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES DEATH OF HUNTER
CASSADAGA – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into the unattended death of hunter in Stockton. Sheriff Deputies say Jeffrey D. Roberts of Sheridan was hunting near the Cassadaga rest area on Route 60 in Stockton when he was discovered .The incident occurred on Saturday at about 5:20 p.m. near Route 60 and Luce Road. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday. If anyone has any information, or was hunting in this area, they are asked to call Lt. John Crossley of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department at 753-4909. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is assisting in the case.
COUNTY FINANCE DIRECTOR LEAVING IN JANUARY
FREDONIA – County Executive Greg Edwards will have to find a new person to serve as his chief finance director. The Faculty Student Association at SUNY Fredonia has announced that Darin Schulz has been named as its new Executive Director. He will assume his new position officially on Jan. 16.
Schulz has held the position of Chautauqua County Director of Finance since 2006. In that capacity he has been the Chief Fiscal Officer, responsible for all financial and accounting operations for the $200 million, 139,000-resident municipal county entity.
Prior to this, he served as a business administrator for the Warren County, Pennsylvania School District from 2005 to 2006, as well as a financial analyst for Chautauqua County from 1999 to 2005.
HIGGINS FORMALLY INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO NAME NEW FEDERAL COURTHOUSE FOR JACKSON
BUFFALO – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) has announced his introduction of legislation (HR 3556) to name the new U.S. courthouse in Buffalo for Robert H. Jackson. The bill is cosponsored by the full, 29-member, bipartisan New York Delegation in the House of Representatives. Jackson was a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, renowned national and international legal leader who served as chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials following World War II. He was born in Spring Creek Pennsylvania, raised in Frewsburg and practiced law for more than two decades in Jamestown before rising to the national scene. Congressman Higgins announcement was made over the weekend.
PRENDERGAST LIBRARY TO HOLD TWO E-READER CLASSES
JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library will promote awareness of eReaders and ebooks during two holiday open houses from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. During the events, eight devices for eReading will be on display). Anyone interested in giving an eReader this year as a gift, or hoping to get one is encouraged to stop by and explore the new technology. Also, anyone who attends either open house or visits the library between Dec. 5, and Dec. 16, may also purchase tickets for a chance to win one of two Kindle eReaders. For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.