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Emergeny upgrades

Westfield Hospital Foundation announces RED Campaign

October 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

Following the recent announcement of the upcoming renovation of the Emergency Department at Westfield Memorial Hospital, the WMH Foundation has begun a $500,000 RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign. The decision was unanimously made by its board members to provide the $500,000 via its fundraising efforts. This commitment will be used to help make the ED on the cutting edge of care for all those entering its doors.

Recently, the foundation welcomed its annual matching challenge grant of $50,000 from Saint Vincent Health Services/Allegheny Health Network, which was presented by Peter Pascale, WMH administrator, as a formal beginning to the RED Campaign. Along with foundation members, representatives for this official presentation were from the WMH Board of Directors, WMH Regional Auxiliary members and hospital managers.

"The foundation board members were informed by Patricia Ballman, previous hospital administrator, that it was essential to upgrade the Emergency Department to address the need for both improved workflow and efficiency while continuing to provide excellent patient care, for which WMH is known, foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg said. "However, the hospital could not financially support the renovations."

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Peter Pascale, WMH administrator, presents a $50,000 check to Rose Van Volkenburg, foundation president. A contribution from Saint Vincent Health Services/Allegheny Health Network, marks the kick-off for Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2016 RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign. Donors are welcome to join in by placing a RED Campaign sign in their yard and a decal in your car or home window.

"The foundation's mission is to work with the hospital by providing financial support for the delivery of high quality healthcare to the residents of the Chautauqua Region," she continued. "With that in mind, board members unanimously made the decision to raise $500,000 for the project,"

A Renovate our Emergency Department RED Campaign was created inspiring foundation board members and everyone in the hospital's service area and beyond to support this very worthy endeavor.

The hospital Emergency Department sees approximately 700 patients each month and more than 8,000 annually, according to Pascale. "Renovation of the Emergency Department will include the Split-Flow system which helps direct patients to the proper course of treatment, in a timely fashion, according to the patient's need."

Using the Split-Flow Method of Care (modeled after the Cleveland Clinic Facilities), patients are first seen by a nurse immediately upon entering the ED. The nurse will make an initial evaluation and direct patients to the proper treatment area. Prompt care is for minor injuries or conditions, such as a sprained ankle or flu; and acute care is for those with severe illness or conditions who are likely to be admitted to the hospital or moved to another healthcare center. It is the commitment to getting them seen by a physician within a remarkably reduced time frame that is part of the new restructuring process.

When announcing the Red Campaign, Foundation Executive Director Patricia DiPalma placed emphasis on real circumstances. "When a child has a fever raging out of control in the middle of the night, or a father is rushed in after his car careens off the slippery road in winter, or an accident occurs on a near-by farm or an elderly parent is evaluated after a fall, we all recognize the need for this invaluable service."

Ms. DiPalma continued, "With the ED upgrade slated to begin this winter and to continue into the spring, the foundation is inviting everyone to be a supporter of this incredible effort by joining the RED Campaign," she said.

Those who contribute $100 or more will receive an 18 inch by 24 inch yard sign to show their support. The sign will read WE WENT RED FOR WESTFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. In smaller letters, it tells you what RED stands forRENOVATE our EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. The WMH Foundation goal is to have a Red Campaign sign in every yard.

All you have to do is fill out the donor reply insert that came with your 2016 Annual Campaign letter and send your tax-deductable gift to the WMH Foundation, 189 E. Main St., Westfield, NY, 14787. Gifts at all levels are welcomed and all donors will receive a WE WENT RED FOR WESTFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL decal to display as a sign of support for this crucial cause.

If you did not receive your letter or for more information on how to support our community hospital and to be a part of this exciting RED Campaign, contact the foundation office at 793-2338 or by email:



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