Critical Discussion Series Continues Tonight; WCA Hospital CEO Added To Panel

Prendergast Library will offer the third program in its Critical Discussion Series on the topic of the Health Exchange from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Fireplace Room at the library.

“We encourage people of the Chautauqua County area to attend this discussion to find out what the Health Exchange is and how it may affect their lives,” said Tina Scott, acting director.

Chaired by Ann Abdella, executive director of the Chautauqua County Health Network, the panel will consist of Betsy Wright, president and CEO of WCA Hospital; Todd Tranum, president and CEO at Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Manufacturers Association; Roberta Keller, executive director at Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.; Art Wingerter, president of Univera Healthcare; and Dr. Rudy Mueller.

“This is a great opportunity to observe, learn and take part in a discussion of interest to area residents,” said Scott.

The library website,, also has links to federal law and other information on the health topic.

The first two subjects in the Critical Discussion Series were gas well fracking and the sale of the Chautauqua County Home. The discussions are free and open to the public, and audience members are encouraged to participate.

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135, ext. 225.