Health & Fitness

21 Dec 20170 The Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation supported the need of a Rapid Infuser Warmer for the emergency department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through the Lillian Brink Fund and a Fund for the Region grant totaling $8,000. When lives are at stake from significant blood loss due to trauma or major surgery, the Rapid Infusion Warmer provides a rapid flow of normothermic blood and I.V. fluids. Even a small drop in body temperature can be detrimental–delaying recovery or allowing infection to set in. This equipment allows UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s highly qualified staff to be able to save lives quicker. The goal of the state-of-the-art...

5 Dec 20170 The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) was recently a beehive of activity during the Healthy Habits Wellness Fair presented by Jamestown Community College (JCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students. During the fall semester Jessica Bruns, Beverly Hallquist, Jennifer Hochmuth, and Kirstie Surrena had eight-week Level I fieldwork placements at the MHA. Working with OTA Program Interim Director Sarah Tranum, Senior Project Manager Michael Nordin suggested they make the health fair their group project.  These students worked together to decide what topics would be displayed at each station, the layout of the fair,...

30 Nov 20171 If they know how to make use of the services available, Medicaid enrollees with mental health and substance use experiences can benefit from a variety of community-based programs. At 2 p.m. on Friday, December 8, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) is hosting “New Choices in Recovery,” a statewide peer-to-peer educational forum to help with these issues. David Ferencz, New Choices in Recovery Community Outreach Specialist with New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), will travel from Albany to speak at the event. Participants can learn about coordinating peer and family...

29 Nov 20170 October 22, a group of local bowlers hosted the 9th annual Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer at the Jamestown Bowling Company. This charity event supported local breast cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through their endowment fund at WCA Foundation and paid tribute to loved ones who have battled this deadly disease. “I couldn’t be more thankful to Sue Lamb and her committee for their incredible support,” says Betsy Wright, President/CEO of UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “If it wasn’t for their vision for our community and their commitment to our community hospital, we wouldn’t be able to receive the funds necessary to support...

29 Nov 20170 The Kiwanis Club of Falconer, as a part of a service project for Autism collected and donated sensory items for the Adolescent Mental Health comfort room at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The club has continued to collect sensory items over the past few months. On November 22, members of the club made a delivery of puzzles, games, “hugs pillows”, material, and other items to the hospital. Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and...

19 Nov 20170 The Southwestern Elementary Girls on the Run program recently presented UPMC Chautauqua WCA with new toys for pediatric patients. “The Girls on the Run girls are very proud of their hard work but are most proud of being able to help our local community,” said coach Kate Brown. Girls on the Run is a national, transformational, physical activity based positive, youth development program for girls in third grade through eighth grades. The program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. It culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running...
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