JAMESTOWN - WCA Foundation's Dale C. and Rebecca I. Robbins Fund has again made a grant to fulfill its purpose of supporting the WCA Hospital's obstetric, maternity and nursery departments with capital improvements. At the suggestion of Dr. Robert Daniels and staff, the hallways of the refurbished maternity and delivery area of WCA Hospital have been decorated with original artwork by Chautauqua County artist Wendy Samuelson. This unique grant from the Robbins family serves to personally and perpetually support the Hospital and their community.
The fund, begun in 2003, by the former WCA Hospital and WCA Foundation board members, gives annual grants to enhance the Hospital's services in this specialty area of their choice. Robbins, the former and first executive director of WCA Foundation, and her husband, Dale, a local attorney, have chosen a unique personalized approach to support the hospital they each have served for countless hours. While doing so, they also honor their family friend, Dr. Daniels, and enhance the environs of the Obstetrics department of WCA Hospital.
The Robbins' fund is one of 28 funds at the Foundation which supports WCA Hospital and its health care initiatives. While some named funds, like the Robbins' fund, support specific areas of the Hospital's work the majority are designed to annually give unrestricted grants for the Hospital's most imminent needs.
Jim Smith, left, Secretary of the WCA Foundation Board of Directors, and Robert Daniels, right, M.D., OB/GYN, join local artist Wendy Samuelson as she displays her original paintings which will grace the halls of Labor and Delivery at WCA Hospital. The paintings were funded by the Dale and Rebecca Robbins Fund, an endowment fund administered by the WCA Foundation.
Samuelson of Cassadaga was commissioned to create artwork to enhance the labor and delivery area of the Maternity wing of WCA Hospital with a sense of calm and serenity. The two pieces of art depict local scenes, a bridge along the Riverwalk on a moonlit night in Jamestown and an annual visitor to Cassadaga Lake, a lone swan whose feathers seem to lift from the surface of the painting.
Grants from the funds held by WCA Foundation annually enhance the ability of WCA Hospital to deliver award winning service to the Chautauqua Region. In 2013 the Foundation will contribute $424,415 through grants and scholarships to immediately benefit the hospital, its patients and staff. For more information regarding supporting WCA Hospital, or if you are interested in contributing to the Robbins Fund or creating a new endowment fund contact WCA Foundation's Executive Director, Brigetta Overcash, 716-664-8600, or Karl Sisson, Development Director, (716)664-8423. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to the WCA Foundation, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.