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Walk-for-Wellness proceeds buys equipment at WMH

November 7, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Westfield Memorial Hospital Associate Deborah Belcher, RN was delighted to receive a brand new, state-of-the-art Scifit Total and Upper Body Exerciser for patients in the Westfield Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab Department.

"We are very grateful to the WMH Foundation and its numerous donors who kindly support the Dr. Robert E. Storms Walk-for-Wellness held each September," Belcher said.

She noted this annual event was recently organized by members of the dedicated WMH Regional Auxiliary. Proceeds from this annual walk were used to fund this greatly needed piece of equipment.

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Westfield Memorial Hospital Associate Deborah Belcher, RN, guides John Elliott of Westfield on the proper use of the new Scifit Total and Upper Body Exerciser funded by the annual Walk-For-Wellness through the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation.

WMH Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg, the fundraising arm of the hospital, said she was very pleased to provide this funding on behalf of the foundation.

"We are happy to learn that the community recognized the need for this exerciser at the hospital," Van Volkenburg said. "This machine will provide combined cross training functionality with safety, stability and comfort, and, even more importantly, allow the hospital to continue to help cardiac rehab patients stay healthy."

WMH Director Kandy Susi also acknowledged the WMH Foundation's gift to the hospital.

"We are confident that this donation will help numerous cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy patients served locally at the hospital," she said. "Upgrading equipment is key to providing excellent healthcare to the people of this region and will allow our community to get the treatment needed without having to travel great distances."

Through exercise and education programs in cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, patients find friendship, inspiration and a sense of community along with their caring treatment. One person can make a difference and influence the course of human events - one such person is donor John Elliott of Westfield who was instrumental in seeing this acquisition come to fruition. "Thank you to everyone who participated in the walk, especially the nurses, physical therapists, the foundation and the auxiliary who work tirelessly for this cause and for the members of our community," he said.

Westfield Memorial's Cardiac Rehab Center is located on the ground floor of the hospital at 189 E. Main St., Westfield and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 30,000 people throughout southwestern New York and is a leader in rural healthcare, cardiac rehab and physical therapy services. For more information about the foundation or to find out how to give, visit or call Director of Development Patty DiPalma at 793-2338.



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