WESTFIELD - Westfield Memorial Hospital recently had a 100-year-old sugar maple tree cut down to comply with village safety requirements. The tree was removed last week courtesy of Great Lakes Tree Service of Westfield.
Great Lakes Tree Service owner David Mathews donated his skilled and valuable services as well as the time and energy of his crew of five needed to get the job done. Members of the crew included Mathews' sons, Noah and George, Dave Narraway, Chris Detweiller and Tim Schoener. Floyd Taylor, owner of Maranatha Tree and Crane Service of Brocton, was also on hand to loan his expertise.
"I love this hospital and the value it brings to our community," David Mathews said. "All six of our children were born at Westfield Memorial Hospital so it holds a very special place in our hearts."
Great Lakes Tree Service performed “surgery” on the grounds at Westfield Memorial Hospital, removing a 100-year-old sugar maple tree. Pictured from Great Lakes Tree Service, left to right, are: Dale Mathews; Madison Mathews; Noah Mathews; George Mathews; and Dave Mathews.
There are other reasons too. Mathews' wife, Dale, was treated after an automobile accident and their son, Noah, suffered a severe fracture in his right arm as a young boy, also prompting the need for WMH. At the Emergency Department, the young patient was stabilized before being airlifted to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
"There is no doubt, Westfield Memorial Hospital helped to save his life and we will be forever grateful," David Mathews said. "We are so fortunate to have this hospital and its excellent healthcare workers in our back yard and can not imagine what we would have done without them."
As for removing the tree, which was 75 percent dead, Mathews arranged to have it come down Friday because he didn't want any branches falling on children who will soon be heading back to school.
"We can not thank Dale and Dave Mathews enough for offering their services once again," Patient Data Manager Cindy Harper said. "We are very grateful for their continued support over the years and are lucky to have members of our community who repeatedly show their support on behalf of the hospital. We would also like to thank Floyd Taylor who was very interested in helping with this project as Westfield Memorial was the birthplace of his and wife, Lenore's three children."
"As the fundraising arm of the hospital, the WMH Foundation would also like to express its appreciation to the entire Great Lakes Tree Service Family for its ardent support," WMH Foundation president Rose Van Volkenburg said. "People like the Mathews and Taylors remind us each and every day why WMH is so important to our community. Having that support on an on-going basis is what makes us a real community."