Business First Recognizes WCA’s Wright As One Of WNY’s Most Influential

BUFFALO – Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital president/CEO, has been named one of 250 “Power 250 Western New York’s Most Influential People in 2014,” recently announced by the Buffalo Business First newspaper, a weekly business publication covering the Western New York region.

Wright, appointed president/CEO at WCA Hospital in July of 1999, was recognized by Buffalo Business First for her leadership and grassroots and community efforts at the state and national level for WCA.

The Buffalo Business First Power 250 is a diverse list of business, education, healthcare, political, and sports leaders who wield the most clout in the eight-county region. Names of the honorees were solicited from reporters, editors and readers of the Buffalo Business First newspaper who (in their opinion) are the movers and shakers in Western New York. They only considered an individual’s current influence. The Power 250 is a list of leaders who will make a difference this year.

Brenda J. Ireland, chair of the WCA Hospital board of directors, says Wright’s health care experience, organizational strategic initiatives, and constant positive “can do” attitude drives the organization to succeed.

“One of the most important keys to success at WCA Hospital is the leadership of our president/CEO,” Ireland said. “Under Betsy’s management and guidance, we have made great strides in the recruitment of new physicians; identified and developed new community-based programs and services; partnered in care with our UPMC Hamot affiliates; implemented an institution-wide electronic patient record system; and led the region in health care excellence by being the first hospital in the Southern Tier to perform robotic surgery. We salute Betsy as one of the most influential people to watch in 2014 and are honored to have such a humble, dedicated, and forward-thinking president steering our organization through this ever-changing healthcare environment to provide health care that exceeds our patients’ expectations.”

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Wright has served as executive vice president/COO and had filled various administrative positions at WCA Hospital since 1989. She received a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Rochester, Rochester. She also holds a BS with honors from Hartwick College in Oneonta. In addition to president/CEO of WCA Hospital, Wright serves as the president of STARFLIGHT Inc. and president of W.C.A. Services Corporation Inc., a for-profit affiliate and president of W.C.A. Group Inc., the parent corporation. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State’s in 2008 and continues to serve. She is past chair of the WNY Healthcare Association Board, past chair of the Southern Tier Healthcare System Board, past chair and vice chair, and a member of the following boards: Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, Chautauqua County Health Network, Chautauqua County Integrated Delivery System, HANYS Quality Steering Committee member.

More recently, Wright was appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between the American College of Healthcare Executives and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services, and activities within their respective areas. Wright will take office at the Council of Regents Meeting on March 22, during ACHE’s 57th Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Wright was selected one of Buffalo Business First POWER 200 Most Influential Business Leaders In Western New York in 2013.