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WMH “Red Campaign” topic of Rotary Club meeting

November 2, 2016
Westfield Republican

At the Oct. 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, Westfield Memorial Hospital Administrator Pete Pascale gave a presentation about his career and the Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH) "Renovate our Emergency Department (RED) Campaign." The WMH Foundation's goal is to raise $500,000 towards this major project, and the fundraising campaign is currently underway.

Pascale, a veteran hospital administrator and pharmacy administrator, said of his career and his work at St. Vincent Health System, "I wanted some additional challenges. What I found is that Westfield is a very interesting community, one that is very dedicated to its health and to its hospital. Here at WMH we are in a really great transition period."

After reviewing the current status of the WMH emergency department facility and services, Pascale stated, "We've got a huge project ahead of us. We need to update the emergency department both in terms of the processes and the area. Almost 8,000 patients have been treated in the WMH emergency department this year. The current configuration is not ideal. Individuals that come to this hospital's emergency department with minor injuries are in the same area as those who are seriously ill and who need a higher level of care."

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Pete Pascale, left, Westfield Memorial Hospital Administrator, was sponsored as a guest presenter by Rotarian John ('Doc') Hamels at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. Pascale gave a program on the WMH 'RED Campaign.'

Pascale continued, "Essentially what this comprehensive renovation and redesigned waiting room will allow is to implement a new split-flow area with two fast track intake bays. These fast track bays are for the individuals who have less serious "bumps and bruises" kinds of injuries. Those with more serious conditions will be in a separate area. Other highlights of the scope of this renovation project include the addition of one new large trauma room, four new treatment rooms, and a new decontamination area. Plus, there will be improvements to the safety of the water system to avoid the spread of Legionella bacteria, which causes the illness known as Legionnaire's disease." Pascale then gave an update on WMH's women's health initiatives. He said this hospital is waiting for the FDA approval for its 3D mammography screening system. There is also an upgrade to the bone density scanning machine.

Renovations to the WMH emergency department are scheduled to begin in early 2017 and are planned to be concluded by Memorial Day of the same year. Those interested in obtaining more information and/or making a donation, should contact the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc., 716-793-2338. All donors will receive a "RED" decal by mail, and donors who give $100 or more may obtain a "RED Campaign" yard sign, available for pick up at WMH or at various places in Chautauqua County.



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