WCCHS named “Outstanding Business Partner in Education” by WyCo Business Education Council


The Wyoming County Community Health System has been honored by the county’s Business Education Council. Shown during the ceremony are Linda Leblond and Norb Fuest of the BEC; and Chief Executive Officer Donald Eichenauer, Director of Nursing Connie Almeter, and Nursing Informatics Coordinator Patty Millen of the WCCHS.

WARSAW — Wyoming County Community Health Care System has been named the 2016 Outstanding Business Partner in Education by the Wyoming County Business Education Council.

The BEC gives out awards each year to a local business that goes above and beyond providing opportunities to show county youths job options for after high school.

This year was the 35th annual presentation of the award, which was conducted this past Saturday at the Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center in Varysburg.

WCCHS won the award for its “exceptional commitment to fostering partnerships between business and education in the community,” according to a news release from the BEC.

“WCCHS is deeply rooted in the community, supporting initiatives that focus on families, neighborhoods, education, and job training,” the BEC said in a statement. “WCCHS has long been a partner of the Business Education Council realizing the importance of assuring Wyoming County Youth are aware of the many great jobs available in the healthcare industry.”

“We want the people in the community and the youth to know there are good paying jobs in the community and there are a lot of different opportunities,” said Don Eichenauer, WCCHS’s CEO.

And even though WCCHS has a long-standing relationship with the BEC, Eichenauer wasn’t expecting the award.

He discussed how important it is to cultivate opportunities in Wyoming County for the next generation.

He added that people who move to the county from out of the area, “love it here” and that “Some kids don’t realize the opportunities are here so they move away.”

Connie Almeter, the director of nursing at WCCHS, was also recognized by the BEC for being a 14-year board member.

Slightly more than two years ago, WCCHS was the recipient of Wyoming County’s largest capital investment in the county’s history. Major renovations included a new Emergency Department, lobby, waiting area, laboratory draw stations, among other things with the 12,000 square foot addition.

The upgrades have allowed WCCHS to expand the offerings it has with the BEC.