Health & Human Services

Taking care of your family depends on easy access to first class health care.  Chautauqua County residents are fortunate to find quality health care through four hospitals and a strong network of human service organizations. 


A newly opened state-of-the-art emergency department is the crowning jewel of WCA Hospital.  With a facility that has served the area's health care needs for 128 years, WCA currently provides some of the most advanced medical technology available in the region covering a broad array of services including diagnostics, acute care, cancer care, rehabilitation, and a wellness program.  WCA Hospital has earned its spot in the 100 Top Hospital Perfance Improvement Leaders from Solucient, a nationally recognized health research firm.

As an affiliate of Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, PA, Westfield Memorial Hospital is connected to a network of the highest quality regional physician specialits, advanced technologies and highly skilled, compassionate caregivers.  This means patients receive the prompt and personalized high-quality care of a small town hospital, with the advanced technology and specialized services of a major hospital when it is needed.

Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk has been serving Chautauqua County residents since 1898.  Recent developments at Brooks include a new diabetic support group, a surgical ambassador program, a new women’s imaging center for digital mammography, and an expanded dialysis unit. 

Lake Shore Health Center in Irving offers emergency, primary care, long term care, and chemical dependency services.


In addition, a number of facilities throughout Chautauqua County provide multiple levels of care for the elderly.  Programs include everything from independent living for seniors to assisted living, to nursing home care and specialized treatment for dementia patients.  Adult day programs and respite care are available as well.

Chautauqua County is also home to a wide array of human service programs which assist local residents who may be seeking quality childcare, youth development programs, in-home care for adults, and a range of day and residential services for the developmentally disabled.  

Click here for a list of healthcare, assisted living and wellness services.


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