- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - WCA Hospital in Jamestown, New York has become the first hospital in that state to affiliate with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UPMC will invest at least $25 million over the next 10 years to upgrade the hospital, its record-keeping and physician recruitment.

The three-year deal will bring the 317-bed hospital under the umbrella of UPMC, western Pennsylvania’s dominant health care network.

The deal isn’t expected to close until next summer, because regulators must approve and New York state must issue a certificate of need.

Steve Kilburn, chairman of WCA’s board of directors, says the integration with UPMC “is a major step toward a strong future for health care in our community.”

Jamestown is about 50 miles east of Erie, Pennsylvania in southwestern New York and just a few miles north of the Pennsylvania border.

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