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LSSB invests in Westfield hospital

June 28, 2011
Westfield Republican
WESTFIELD — Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced they received a $30,000 contribution, $10,000 per year over the next three years, from Lake Shore Savings Bank.

Daniel P. Reininga, president and CEO of Lake Shore Savings Bank, when presenting the gift to the foundation, the fund-raising arm of Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH), noted the money will be used to purchase much needed equipment for the hospital’s new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic housed in the Specialty Service Suite located on the second floor of Westfield Memorial Hospital.

“It is with great pride that Lake Shore Savings Bank makes this gift to assist in the funding for new ENT equipment at Westfield Memorial Hospital,” Reininga said. “At Lake Shore Savings, we realize the value Westfield Memorial Hospital brings to our local community. We know that this donation will help improve the lives of those suffering from a wide range of ear, nose and throat problems – from allergies and dizziness to thyroid tumors and sinus-nasal disorders; these patients will have access to a new neighborhood outpatient clinic that provides care for these conditions at Westfield Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a tremendous asset to our community and we are proud to help the foundation in its quest to meet its 2011 campaign goal.”

In February, Saint Vincent Health Center affiliated ear, nose and throat specialists Sean Carroll, DO, Ruthann Lipman, DO and Sidney Lipman, MD began providing a wide range of services at Westfield Memorial Hospital which include: allergy testing, hearing services and outpatient ear, nose and throat surgical services.

On behalf of WMH Foundation, President Rose Van Volkenburg stated, “We are extremely pleased with the generosity from Lake Shore Savings Bank. This is a significant contribution to our community that will not go unnoticed, pointing to the plaque hung in honor of the ENT donors proudly displayed at the Specialty Service Suites’ entry.”

According to Van Volkenburg, additional funds for the project came from several donors including a Westfield resident, Phillips Lytle, LLP, and from those wishing to honor President and CEO C. Angela Bontempo, who retired at the end of 2010.

“We’re very excited about the new surgical suite,” said Karen Surkala, vice president of operations at Westfield Memorial Hospital. “This tremendous gift will put new technology directly into the hands of our doctors and healthcare professionals and will provide our patients with access to an enhanced level of healthcare, close to home. This generous donation will touch thousands of lives in our community and we are grateful to Lake Shore Savings Bank’s continued support.”

Westfield Memorial Hospital is committed to providing compassion and excellence in the delivery of care that appropriately addresses the health needs of our communities. A regional healthcare provider, the hospital serves more than 38,000 people throughout southwestern New York and is a leader in rural healthcare and physical therapy services. For more information about the foundation or to find out how to give, call Development Director Patty DiPalma at 793-2338.

Lake Shore Savings Bank has been in business since 1891 when it opened a small office in Dunkirk and has grown into ten branch locations in Erie and Chautauqua Counties, including Westfield, and three administration office buildings in Dunkirk.

As one of the county’s leading corporate donors, Lake Shore Savings Bank is proud to be a part of the growing community and has been instrumental in funding many different projects in both the business and healthcare arenas.

Lake Shore Saving Banks’ Community Reinvestment Fund also is another important part of grants given to enhance the growth of businesses in the community. Since its inception in 1993, it has given more than $415,000 to the growth of the area.

For more information, go to the Lake Shore Savings Bank Web site,

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Pictured left to right: President and CEO of Lake Shore Savings Dan Reininga presents a $30,000 check to WMH Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg and WMH Foundation Director of Development Patty DiPalma, while Lake Shore Savings Westfield Branch Manager Adam Dimitri looks on.



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