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Westfield hospital foundation goes ‘over the top’

March 6, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation's 2012 campaign ended "over the top" of its $195,000 goal by $42,527, bringing the total to $237,527, WMHF president Rose Van Volkenburg announced.

Exceeding the goal is credited in part to a $50,000 matching challenge from Saint Vincent Health System, parent hospital of WMH, along with grants from Lake Shore Savings Bank, M&T Bank, Phillips Lytle LLP, Radiology Solutions Associates, Walmart Foundation and the Ripley Community Heritage Fund, plus the long-time hospital support from the WMH Regional Auxiliary.

"In addition, I extend my thanks to all the members of our board, the hospital board, medical staff, associates, businesses, service and civic organizations," Van Volkenburg said. "Most important is the entire service area for its unwavering support, year after year, for the hospital's high-tech capabilities and soft-touch delivery of care."

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Celebrating the 2012 successful campaign goal, which went “over the top,” are Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Board members. Standing, from left to right, are: development director Patricia DiPalma; president Rose Van Volkenburg; and vice president Mary Ann Woleben. Seated, from left to right, are: secretary Ann E. Weidman; and treasurer Don Greenhouse.

In addition, WMHF Development Director Patricia DiPalma noted the community's support is always valued, and the entire WMH Foundation Board of Directors is very grateful to each and every donor.

A sample of needed equipment purchases made by the foundation in 2012 includes $85,800 for a new chiller - a heating and cooling system - a $25,000 Orthopedic drill, two new EKG machines totaling $25,000 and a $5,000 traction unit in the Physical Therapy Department. In addition, the foundation disbursed $3,700 in restricted funds for the auxiliary projects, including the hospital lobby, Emergency Department and surgical waiting room renovations.

"I'm very excited and very, very pleased at the dedication and commitment of the community," newly appointed hospital administrator Patricia Ballman said. "Westfield's hospital is a crucial part of the community we serve and continue to provide innovative health care to our service area."

For information about the WMH Foundation, call DiPalma at 793-2338 and be sure to visit the foundation's Web page at



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