Every so often, the Westfield Memorial Hospital receives a letter of thanks, thanks for saving my life, the life of my husband, the life of my young daughter or grandchild.
Once in awhile, a friend runs into another friend, or a neighbor, and spend a few minutes talking about a recent visit to the hospital. It goes something like this: "WOW! I woke up at 3 in the morning last week with a horrible pain in my chest. It scared me so much, I called 911 and the rescue squad took me to Westfield Memorial Emergency room. After a thorough examination, the doctor assured me it wasn't serious and prescribed the needed medication."
Westfield Memorial couldn't save so many lives if the staff didn't have up-to-date equipment and the exact medicine needed. Every thing in the ER is valuable in that it saves so many lives or helps treat an unusual malady. The same is true of every department in the hospital
The WMH Foundation contributes by providing financial support. Money received in every annual campaign has been used to purchase the latest equipment needed. The foundation's board of directors and staff adhere to its mission:
As the major source of fund-raising for Westfield Memorial Hospital, the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation will work with the hospital in providing financial support for the delivery of high quality health care to the residents of the Chautauqua Region.
The 2013 Campaign is coming to an end. A calendar year drive, all contributions must be postmarked Dec. 31 to reach its $195,000 goal. Noted is one aspect that may help you decide how much you want to give is the $50,000 matching gift from Saint Vincent Health System. For every one dollar given, SVHS matches it until the $50,000 is reached, thus helping to reach our goal.
The best part of donating to the campaign in any year is that it is tax deductable. In addition, some might wish to contribute in honor or memory of someone loved and respected. And, all who give $200 or more will have their name on a large poster that is displayed in the hospital lobby.
For more information or how to send your gift, contact Patty DiPalma, foundation development director, at 716/793-2338. Be sure to visit our web site, too, at HYPERLINK "www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org" www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org.