The Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN) is dedicated to strengthening the local health and wellness delivery system in Chautauqua County, and advancing the interests of hospitals and patients by:

  • strengthening the economic viability of hospitals; 
  • promoting access to quality health care related services;
  • facilitating partnerships in addressing community health needs; 
  • planning for the efficient delivery of care;
  • developing appropriate health resources.

From its early beginnings in 1995 to the present , the CCHN story is one of successful collaborations, multiple initiatives and projects, diverse funding sources and a focus on creating policies, systems and environmental changes that help create a healthier community.

CCHN is comprised of the three hospital organizations, their governing boards and medical staff and is known for its proactive approach and participation in cutting edge projects as described throughout this site. CCHN also has two sister-organizations, the Integrated Delivery System and Chautauqua Region Associated Medical Partners (AMP)

The IDS, comprised of 140 physician members, was established in 1997 as an Independent Practice Association (IPA) and was one of the first community oriented physician/hospital IPAs to address the lack of adequate Medicare Managed Care services in Chautauqua County. In partnership with Univera Healthcare, the IDS has addressed that need.

More recently, in January 2012 CCHN and the IDS established the AMP, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), to participate in the CMS Shared Savings Program targeting fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries. AMP includes eight primary care physician groups (35 physicians), all three hospital organizations, two skilled nursing facilities, as well as beneficiary and community based agency representation. 

Together, CCHN, IDS, and AMP are attempting to create a model system of health care that provides access to quality services and meets the needs of consumers as well as providers. We are redesigning processes to embrace care coordination and realign services to achieve cost savings.


What's New

CCHN awarded funding for NYSDOH Creating Healthy Schools and Communties Initiative

The New York State Department of Health announced Chautauqua County Health Network as the recipient of a five-year effort to increase access to healthy and affordable foods and physical activity in targeted areas of Chautauqua County. We will target 6 high-need school districts (determined by NYS DOH criteria around minority population, poverty, high school education, student population receiving free/reduced lunch, and obesity) and the communities surrounding these school districts.  The targeted districts are Cassadaga Valley, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Ripley, and Silver Creek.  We will work towards making the healthy choice the easy choice through sustainable policy, system, and environmental changes. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the obesity rate, which will in turn reduce the rate of chronic disease. We have been working towards this goal with the Creating Healthy Places program (NYS DOH funded), which will end in September 2015, so we are so very excited to be able to continue our efforts, and move into the schools, with the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.

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Chautauqua County selected as a Community of Opportunity
Chautauqua County has been selected as a Community of Opportunity for the Growing Food Connections project.  Chautauqua County stood out for its strong commitment from local government and evident interest in exploring policy and planning solutions to connect the dots between regional agriculture and food insecure populations.  This partnership between Growing Food Connections and Chautauqua County, supported by the Unites States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will bring technical assistance to our County to build partnerships and increase our capacity to remove public policy barriers and deploy innovative public policy tools.  The purpose is to enhance community food security while ensuring sustainable and economically viable agriculture and food production.  read more ...
Invest In Fresh

Chautauqua County Health Network in collaboration with the University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning present Invest In Fresh, A Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown, New York.  Residents of the city of Jamestown today face economic and health-related challenges, including having limited access to healthful and affordable foods within the city limits.  Based on a broad vision for improved health, food access, and economic development, Invest In Fresh has three goals for Jamestown:  To assess the food retail environment; To analyze the potential of the city to support additional healthy food retail; and To outline feasible strategies that can create or improve healthy food access and economic development in Jamestown.  To read the Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown in its entirety, click here. 

Farm to School Initiative in Jamestown Highlighted

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted several programs in Western New York including the Farm to School Initiative specifically at Jamestown Public Schools. Watch the video here!

Medical Education Outreach Community Program (MECO)

The MECO program is a 6-week, paid experience reserved for 1st and 2nd year medical students from Chautauqua County. The program offers a unique opportunity to rotate through and explore multiple disciplines in the medical field. Medical students can make requests of specific disciplines that they would like to explore before choosing the area they may choose to specialize. Download an application today by clicking the link below!

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Creating Healthy Schools and Communities in Chautauqua County is a five-year (2015-2020) public health initiative to reduce major risk factors of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

The goal is to implement multi-component evidence-based policies, place-based strategies, and promising practices to increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for daily physical activity for all New Yorkers.

Visit the CHSC webpage for an in-depth look at this exciting project, or better yet join us in creating a healthier community by contacting Shelly Wells, Community Project Coordinator at 716-338-0010 x 209, wells@cchn.net or Brady Deuink, School Project Coordinator at 716-338-0010 x 211, deuink@cchn.net .

Latest News

CCHN Plans for National Healthcare Decisions Day


As the convener of the Chautauqua Cares Coalition (CCC), CCHN will be working with members representing hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, Hospice, Office for the Aging among others to coordinate activities for National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on Wednesday, April 16th to raise awareness around Advance Care Planning.

According to information provided on the official NHDD website, studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. NHDD along with other local initiatives will help Chautauqua County residents understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.

CCC members will be available to speak with regarding Advance Care Planning at Heritage's Chautauqua Mall location on April 16th from 8:00am-2:00pm. More activities are in the works, so please check back for more updated information. 


CCHN Recognized for Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play Initiative

The Chautauqua County Health Network was recognized for the Creating Healthy Places Initiative by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce at the 12th annual Salute to the Finest event on February 24th at the Shawbucks Press Room.

Centered on honoring the individuals and businesses that are making positive impacts in the area community, awardees are chosen for their commitment to Jamestown and their efforts to ensure that Jamestown remains a viable and vibrant community in which to live and work. The Creating Healthy Places initiative is part of a state-wide initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. The project focuses on increasing the availability and accessibility of places to be physically active, as well as increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables.

CCHN received the Service to Humanity Award which was accepted by Ann Morse Abdella on behalf of the network.       

Pictured left to right are Kate Ebersole of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Lynn Wigren, Kim Fish,  Ann Abdella, and Andy Dickson of the Chautauqua County Health Network, and Greg Lindquist of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.                                                

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