About Us

Who We Are

The Western New York Healthcare Association (WNYHA) was founded in 1931 and is the regional advocate for hospitals and other healthcare organizations in the eight counties of Western New York.  Among our founding goals was the pooling of resources to meet the growing need for charity hospital care of Western New Yorkers in the wake of the Depression that followed the stock market crash of 1929.

Our core membership is comprised of 25 hospital facilities and their affiliated nursing facilities, as well as associate members who are home care agencies, hospices, specialty hospitals and other healthcare-related organizations.

The Western New York Healthcare Association serves as a center for health information, and seeks continuous improvement in the collective health of Western New York while assisting our members in maintaining an efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality healthcare system throughout the eight-county area of Western New York.

Western New York Healthcare Association
1876 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Suite 106
Tonawanda, New York 14150

Main number: 716-695-0843

Meet The Team

Ken Schoetz

Ken Schoetz

Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Urbanski Farrell

Elizabeth Urbanski Farrell

Director, Member Services & Government Relations
Sara Glena

Sara Glena

Jayne Cooley, RN, BSN

Jayne Cooley, RN, BSN

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Strength in association.

Making Healthcare Better in Western New York

More than just a phrase, those words capture succinctly the mission of the Western New York Healthcare Association: To bring its members together for common purposes, common interests and common goals with the united achievement of providing excellent healthcare to our region.

We are focused on our members, on the health of the region, and on making certain our members have best path to their shared goal:  providing the utmost in high-quality, accessible healthcare to those who live in, work in, and visit Western New York.

We are our members’ collaborative partner in advocacy, education and representation, meeting with elected officials locally, in Albany and in Washington to help them to understand the benefits and consequences of proposed and enacted healthcare regulation and legislation.  We act passionately in support of our members and support our positions with substance.

We are an association who educates—lawmakers, policy makers and our members—on all matters pertaining to healthcare delivery.  We tout best practices of our members, of providers and experts and work in tandem with our colleague and full affiliate organization, the Healthcare Association