Our History

2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the Wyoming County Community Health System.  The foresight of its early founder and long term support from the community and the Board of Supervisors of Wyoming County have ensured continuous quality healthcare in rural Wyoming County for 100 years.

The original hospital was founded in early 1911 by Dr. W. Ross Thomson, a well-qualified surgeon from New York City. He established his practice in a private residence on West Buffalo Street in the Village of Warsaw, New York.  He opened five patient beds on the second story with a nursing staff of two, one nurse worked days and the other nights, up to 20 hours per day each.  One of the first young nurses, May O’Brien, came at the age of fifteen to be trained by Dr. Thomson to work in the hospital.  The first successful surgery was performed in a room of his home. Sterilization was done on the kitchen stove and the laundry was done in a small machine in the barn. Patients were taken to the second floor with an old elevator pulled up by ropes.

Dr. Thomson’s practice grew rapidly and he was soon joined by other physicians including an internist, a surgeon and an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist.  Dr. Thomson finally invested $20,000 of his own money and erected a wing to the residence for additional procedures and patient rooms.

A School of Nursing was begun in 1918.  From 1918-1922 it was a one-year school for practical nurses.  It then expanded to a two-year program from 1922-1939, and subsequently began offering a three-year registered nurse education.  The School of Nursing closed in 1971, after 53 years of educating nurses many of whom served the Wyoming County Community Hospital with a few remaining on staff today.

Continued overcrowding and patients needing to be placed on a waiting list brought the hospital to a crisis position.  In 1923 the community supported a campaign to raise $40,000 to enlarge the hospital to provide adequate accommodations for ward patients and an urgently needed maternity department.  The original house was eventually torn down when the new building was completed in 1925.  The community protected its investment with the county obtaining options to purchase the property from Dr. Thomson.

In 1930 the hospital attracted the attention of the Commissioner of Health in Albany.  At that time, the County of Wyoming purchased Dr. Thomson’s interest and the State Health Department shared the cost equally, further agreeing to meet one-half of each year’s financial deficits, thereby providing stability and proper standards for years to come.  Building additions completed in 1938 enabled the facility to meet growing demand and provide up-to-date healthcare for residents of Wyoming County and other nearby communities.

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors committed support for a larger facility, projected to cost $1,583,000, to be built north of the village.  Begun in 1952, the new hospital was the first to receive capital funds from NYS under a Public Health Law Provision in effect for years but never invoked.  With a population of less that 50,000, Wyoming County was eligible to receive construction costs of $527,000 from NYS to build a county-owned facility, and an equal amount from federal funds.  The remainder was provided by Wyoming County.  Another amount of $230,338 was approved later for equipment.  The new Wyoming County Community Hospital with 112 medical/surgical beds and 22 bassinets opened to patients on November 1, 1953.  A residence and classrooms for the School of Nursing was also built on the campus of the hospital.

Reflecting further community involvement and investment at this time, a Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1953.  Active now for 58 years, the auxiliary has provided volunteers for many daily activities at the hospital and operates the gift ship with the profits designated for equipment to address specific needs of patients and staff.

Recognizing the growing need for long term care for the elderly, the Peet Pavilion, a 72-bed skilled nursing facility was constructed adjoining the hospital in 1964.  It was later expanded with the addition of 88 more beds in 1992.  Applying a HEAL Grant received in 2010 for rightsizing and renovating, the oldest parts of the facility will be redesigned and renewed in the near future.  WCCHS now provides short-term rehabilitation; end-of-life comfort care and respite care as well as long-term residential skilled nursing care and will soon introduce medical daycare for the elderly in conjunction with the County of Wyoming.

An approved and certified School of Radiological Technology was founded in 1967.  For ten years it provided a tuition-free two-year training program for Radiologic Technologists.  It was overseen by WCCHS physicians and provided staff for the hospital.  Two graduates are still employed in the hospital radiology department.

The 1953 building has been updated in various areas to incorporate additional services and to respond to the needs of the time:

1970: Four beds were changed into an Intensive Care Unit

1978: Renovation and Expansion Project of $5.65 million in areas of ICU, surgery, recovery, dietary and maintenance

1978: Emergency Transfer Vehicle was placed in service

1978: ICU expanded to eight beds

1991: Second-floor medical/surgical inpatient rooms redesigned into an Ambulatory Surgery Area

1993: 12-bed inpatient Mental Health Unit was constructed and opened

The Wyoming County Community Health System services today include Emergency Department; state-of-the-art Radiology Department; Laboratory; Obstetrics and Gynecology; General Surgery, both inpatient and outpatient; Orthopedic Services; specialty Eye Surgery; Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation, including a hand specialist; Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation; services to the NYS Department of Corrections; and long term residential care and short term rehabilitation in the skilled nursing facility.

At this juncture of 100 years of service, the largest project ever undertaken by the County of Wyoming has just been completed. January 6, 2014 marked the official opening of the newly constructed 12,000 square foot addition housing our Emergency Department, Lobby, Patient Registration, Blood Draw, Waiting and Pre-Admission Testing Area in the front of the hospital.

In addition a major renovation of the Skilled Nursing Facility has been completed including BEAUTIFUL NEW COUNTRY KITCHENS ON EACH WING and a new THERAPY CLINIC RIGHT ON THE REHAB UNIT MAKING EVERYTHING EASY AND CONVENIENT.

A complete renovation of the maternity unit was also completed in 2013 and the renovation of our ambulatory care area went into operation in early February 2014.

The Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation, established in 1993 with a bequest of $50,000 from the community, was an integral part of this project.  The Capital Campaign, a first for the Foundation, successfully raised almost $5 million to provide funding and specific components of the project.  These funds in conjunction with a $10M HEAL Grant and $15M of bonds were used to fund this project.

Our vision of Wyoming County Community Health System speaks to our future:

With a new look, new convenience and new services, combined with the personal touch you are accustomed to, your Wyoming County Community Health System has become a source of increased pride for the community, and the hospital and nursing facility of choice for its citizens.

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Visiting Wyoming County Community Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility during flu season?

WCCH strives to provide the highest quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients. Part of this safety, is managing exposures to illnesses that spread easily, such as the flu.

WCCH monitors flu activity both within the hospital and throughout our community which assists us in determining the need to limit and/or restrict visitors.

At this time, WCCH asks that if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or body aches that you consider not visiting. We also recognize that there may be times when visiting a loved one in the hospital is necessary. If this is the case, please wash your hands upon arrival, cover your cough or sneeze, and wear a mask. Hand hygiene stations with masks are located at the main entrances of the facility or ask any staff member for a mask.

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EVENING Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes to begin in April 2019. Full tuition will be provided to successful applicants. Starting pay for CNA positions at WCCHS $15.54 (day shift) and $17.54 to $18.54 (evening/night shifts) plus generous benefits and NYS retirement. If you are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, refer to the attached flyer for details. Join our team. #wycoapproved #wcchs #wyomingcountyny #certifiednursingassistant #cna #joinourteam #nowhiring #jobfair #tuitionpaid #eveningclasses #clinicaltraining #employmentopportunity #partnership GVEP Adult Education GVEP School of Nursing Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism #geneseevalleyeducationalpartnership #wyomingcountycommunityaction ... See MoreSee Less

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Recently, the Employee Enhancement Committee sponsored its second annual awards breakfast. Staff that had been awarded employee of the month throughout 2018 were invited along with their manager. The event included a short video and recognition from the CEO and Board of Managers. Honored staff each received a rose and framed certificate. A special thank you to Morrison Community Living for providing an excellent gourmet breakfast. Congratulations to the following 2018 Employees of the Month:
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Boil Water Order CANCELED - Village and Town of Warsaw Water Districts

The Boil Water Order for the Village and Town of Warsaw Water Districts issued on Monday 2/11/2019 has been CANCELED effective immediately.

The required bacteriological water sample results, collected on 2/12/2019 and 2/13/2019, were all negative. As a result the Boil Water Order is canceled.

Please review the attached document, After the Boil Water Event, for recommendations regarding what residential and commercial properties should do after a Boil Water Order is lifted.

Please contact the Wyoming County Health Department at (585) 786-8894 with any questions.
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NOTICE UPDATE: Village and Town of Warsaw
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After discussion with the Mayor and Superintendent of Public Works, effective 1 PM today, 2/12/2019, the Village of Warsaw is canceling the Water Conservation Order issued on February 11, 2019. The distribution and storage tank system components have returned to a normal level of operation.

Please be aware that the Boil Water Order issued on February 11, 2019 is still in effect and will continue through at least Thursday. Bacteriological samples were collected this morning and the second round will be collected on Wednesday, 2/13/19, morning. All sample results should be received by Thursday morning. You will be notified once the order is canceled or if needed extended.

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How exciting!! Congratulations, Christy Librock Hibsch! Your photograph featured on the cover of the 2019 Wyoming County Visitor Guide is incredibly stunning. #wycoapproved #wcchs #wyomingcountyny #hobby #photography #visitorguide #letchworthstatepartk Letchworth State ParkToday we stopped at the Wyoming County Community Health System in Warsaw to deliver the new Wyoming County Visitor Guides. We were joined by administration staff and Christy Librock Hibsch, a WCCHS OR Tech and the photographer of the guide's cover shot.
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The Unyts blood drive scheduled for today (January 30th) has been CANCELED due to the weather.
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Check out the Upcoming Civil Service Examination for Conservation District Technician, ED Express Nurse, Public Health Educator, and Support Investigator
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So much hustle and bustle this holiday season at WCCHS Nursing Facility....a visit from Santa and his elves, gifts and more gifts, caroling with The Rivellino Team at Keller Williams Realty (thank you for spending time with us) and some Reindeer games. #wycoapproved #wcchs #wyomingcountyny #santa #elves #christmasparty #caroling #reindeergames #nursinghomeactivities ... See MoreSee Less

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