Westfield Hospital Foundation Exceeds Goal

The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2012 Campaign ended “over the top” of its $195,000 goal by $42,527, bringing the total to $237,527, Rose Van Volkenburg, WMHF president, has announced.

Exceeding the goal is credited in part to a $50,000 matching challenge from Saint Vincent Health System, parent hospital of WMH; grants from Lake Shore Savings Bank, M&T Bank, Phillips Lytle LLP, Radiology Solutions Associates, Wal-Mart Foundation and the Ripley Community Heritage Fund, plus the longtime hospital support from the WMH Regional Auxiliary.

“In addition, I extend my thanks to all the members of our board, the hospital board, medical staff, associates, businesses, service and civic organizations,” Van Volkenburg said. “Most important is the entire service area for its unwavering support, year after year, for the hospital’s high-tech capabilities and soft-touch delivery of care,” she added.

In addition, Patricia DiPalma, WMHF development director, noted that the community’s support is always valued, and that the entire WMH Foundation board of directors is very grateful to each and every donor.

A sample of needed equipment purchases made by the foundation in 2012 includes $85,800 for a new chiller (a heating/cooling system), a $25,000 orthopedic drill, two new EKG machines totaling $25,000 and a $5,000 traction unit in the Physical Therapy Department. In addition, the foundation disbursed $3,700 in restricted funds for the auxiliary projects, including the hospital lobby, Emergency Department and Surgical waiting room renovations.

As Patricia Ballman, newly appointed hospital administrator, said, “I’m very excited and very, very pleased at the dedication and commitment of the community. Westfield’s hospital is a crucial part of the community we serve and continue to provide innovative health care to our service area.”

For information about the WMH Foundation, call DiPalma at 793-2338 or visit the foundation’s website, westfieldhospitalfoundation.org.