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WMH Foundation rolls out the Red Campaign

February 22, 2017
Westfield Republican

Surveying the landscape through Westfield Memorial Hospital's service area, one can spot WE WENT RED FOR WMH signs. This proves a showing of tremendous support for the Foundation's Annual Campaign this year dubbed the RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign.

Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation expresses its gratitude to all its donors who have graciously made it possible for the foundation to garner gifts close to $145,000 for its special RED Campaign with all 2016 fundraising efforts totaling a remarkable $326,977.

The foundation will promote its 2017 campaign and all fundraising activities by requesting community support once again. The WMH Foundation has increased its pledge from $500,000 to $650,000 upon learning that infrastructure changes are needed to support the ED renovation.

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Celebrating the successful first year of RED Campaign are Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Board members. Standing left are, Mary Ann Woleben, vice president; and Terri Casler, treasurer. Also celebrating is the foundation’s executive director, Patricia DiPalma. Seated from left are Ann Weidman, secretary; and Rose Van Volkenburg, president. With continued philanthropic giving from all its supporters, the WMH Foundation will continue its $650,000 pledge for hospital upgrading of the Emergency Department in 2017.

Getting the RED Campaign off to a tremendous start is a couple who has bestowed the largest gift from individual donors in the foundation's recent history. "We extend a special thanks to Hans and Barbara Bergstrom of Sweden, Florida and Ripley for their $100,000 contribution," remarked WMH Foundation Executive Director Patricia Gaughan DiPalma.

The Bergstroms expressed their gratitude to WMH saying: "For us, as for so many others, Westfield Memorial Hospital is a lifeline. Knowing that teams of trained professionals are always there makes us feel safe. We have had a few incidents when we have needed to go to emergency care, and each time we have been met by a staff knowing exactly what to do and while doing it also showing an extraordinary human touch. Having a lot of experience from different organizations, we can say without a doubt that Westfield Memorial Hospital has been able to form a very special culture of dedication and team spirit. We are happy to show concrete support for the hospital and its good future, and like others to join in. We have also been convinced that the plans for a new logistics in emergency care are very well thought through and will help make Westfield Memorial Hospital, even if small, one of the most effective emergency hospitals in the country."

For the 12th consecutive year, the foundation has received its much appreciated, annual $50,000 matching challenge grant from Saint Vincent Hospital (PA), a member of the Allegheny Health Network and our parent hospital. Additional substantial gifts were received from the following: the Holt Family of Westfield, $10,000; Scott Electric Foundation Inc., $10,000; $2,500 each from Adeline Meyers, Daniel and Kathleen Meyers of Westfield, Jerry Russell of Sherman, Westfield Memorial Hospital Medical Staff and the Walmart Foundation.

Special bequests to the foundation's Spencer Legacy Society were also received from the following: the Joanne Nixon Estate, $10,000; and the Joseph T. Calarco Estate, $5,000.

The success of the first year of the two-year RED Campaign prompted WMH Administrator Pete Pascale to remark: "I continue to be very impressed by the fundraising activities of WMH Foundation on this project. Additionally, I am equally impressed by the continued community support of the Westfield Memorial Hospital and the RED Campaign. I have found that the hospital and the foundation are well recognized in this community and everyone has a story to share with me about the outstanding care that they or a family member received in our Emergency Department. This renovation will help us continue to provide the outstanding care residents have come to know and expect in a "state-of-the-art facility."

In an effort to garner even more community support, the WMH Foundation hung a RED Campaign outdoor goal thermometer just to the right of the hospital's entrance. The entire WMH Foundation Board of Directors, led by President Rose Van Volkenburg, is proud to note that since RED Campaign's inception on Oct. 6, 2016, more than 30% of the $650,000 goal has been reached. "With continued support from the entire WMH Family and its treasured donors, near and far, there is no doubt the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation will reach 100% of its RED Campaign goal in the upcoming giving-year," said Van Volkenburg.

Information about the ways of giving and the Spencer Legacy Society may be obtained by contacting Director DiPalma at 793-2338, or at the foundation's Website,



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