We are so very pleased and grateful to announce the success of our 2022 Annual Campaign, which raised $263,000 in support of AHN Westfield Hospital. The monies will enable the Foundation to continue to fulfill its mission of providing financial support for the delivery of high quality healthcare to the residents of the Chautauqua region.
Close to $120,000 of the dollars came in the form of grants from the following: Community Bank, N.A., Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Lake Shore Savings Bank, The Lenna Foundation, The Robert S. and Janet L. Miller Family Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the Ripley Community Heritage Fund.
Contributing to the 2022 campaign total were donations from WMH associates, members of the WMH Medical Staff, hospital, foundation and auxiliary board members, individuals, businesses, civic & service organizations, foundations, and volunteers.
Leading the Foundation board since 2018 is President Kathryn S. Bronstein, Ph.D., who stated, “It is because of the Foundation’s valued and loyal donors that the Foundation was able to surpass its campaign goal of $186,000 by more than $77,000. The entire AHN Westfield family, including my colleagues on the hospital, auxiliary and Foundation board of directors remain grateful to everyone who provided the needed financial support – especially during a time of record inflation driving up the cost of living.
Because of this generosity, the Foundation can deliver on its promise to our community hospital. It is these donors who have made it possible for the residents of Chautauqua County to turn to us when faced with a need for medical care.”
In 2022, the Foundation was able to fund close to $200,000 in equipment throughout the hospital – most notably the Med Surg Department which received 8 new state-of-the-art high tech hospital beds for its patients. Additionally, new projects were funded in the Physical Therapy and Environmental Services Departments, while necessary kitchen supplies to support the resurgence of the hospital kitchen and adjoining dining room were also procured.
“These past few years have been filled with many challenges, but also filled with unexpected silver linings as our wonderful community came together to ensure AHN Westfield Hospital remains a viable rural hospital,” said WMH Administrator Rodney Buchanan. “Having access to quality healthcare in one’s own backyard should never be taken for granted – especially during this time of escalating care delivery costs, declining reimbursements and persistent workforce shortages. These factors only heighten the need for the hospital Foundation now more than ever and we remain grateful to all those who support its efforts.”
The hospital’s service area includes Ashville, Bemus Point, Brocton, Chautauqua, Clymer, Dewittville, Findley Lake, Mayville, Panama, Portland, Ripley, Sherman, Stockton and Westfield as well as visitors to our region. The hospital served almost 32,000 patients in 2022.
“The communities served by the hospital are the mainstay of each and every campaign,” said Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, WMH Foundation Executive Director. “The 2022 Campaign was no exception. It was the continued generosity of the many individuals, countless businesses, churches, schools, foundations and service organizations that joined together in support of the hospital foundation’s mission that enabled us to surpass our goal once again.
A donation to the WMH Foundation is more than just a contribution – it’s a direct investment in the health of the residents both young and old who live in the Chautauqua region throughout the hospital’s service area,” she said.
AHN Westfield Hospital is a member of the Allegheny Health Network. As a not-for-profit entity, many of the critical healthcare services and advanced equipment funded by the hospital foundation are only possible because our dedicated community members remain loyal and constant supporters.
In addition to emergency care, the hospital provides an array of services, including ambulatory and short stay surgery, outpatient diagnostic services, physical therapy, imaging, women’s diagnostic services, digital 3-D mammography, laboratory, diabetes education, nuclear stress testing, wound and infusion clinics, inpatient care, and a specialty services suite that includes general surgery, orthopedics, urology and women’s health services. Telemedicine services are available for endocrinology. AHN Westfield Hospital also provides primary care services at the Chautauqua Institution.
“To continue its mission to lend the financial support for the delivery of high quality healthcare, these departments will look to the Foundation to provide funding for needed equipment,” Dr. Bronstein added.
Over the past 44 years, the generosity of its donors has had an incredible impact on the variety and quality of equipment and services available at the hospital. For more information about how to give please call Patricia DiPalma at (716) 793-2338.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made securely through this website or mailed to our office at 189 East Main Street, Westfield, NY 14787.