‘Gratitude’ sinks as Westfield Hospital celebrates 80 years | News, Sports, Jobs

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AHN Westfield Memorial Trustee Rodney Buchanan and Board Chair Helen Barn welcome guests to the AHN Westfield Memorial — 80 Years of “Strengthening” our community event.

WESTFIELD — Under bright blue skies, members of the community came out to celebrate the AHN Westfield Memorial’s 80th anniversary and take part in wellness and cancer screenings on the hospital lawn this past weekend.

The memorial event also honored the hospital’s rich history of providing high quality health care to residents of the Chautauqua County area and beyond.

The fun-for-the-family celebration included an in-depth look at Westfield and Portland emergency service vehicles, while magician Cris Johnson entertained young and old alike with magic tricks and balloon novelties.

The celebration included a 5k walk led by Dr. Kathryn S. Bronstein, president of the WMH Foundation, with her sister, Diana Holt, representing the hospital’s board of trustees in an effort to promote healthy living. .

One hundred commemorative T-shirts were given to the first 100 walk participants. To top off the day, there were chances to win fabulous gift baskets and gift certificates donated by hospital associates, corporations and individual donors across all service areas of the hospital. Incredible raffle prizes (worth $1,500) included a 55-inch LG HD smart TV, Apple iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Airpods and Nintendo Switch, compliments from Fredonia Walmart and a gas grill 5 burner Nexgrill offered by The Home Depot.

The winners were announced by Abe Lincoln impersonator Ron Carley of Michigan, who was here to celebrate “A weekend with Lincoln’s Festival.”

Also, a ‘Meet & Greet’ doctor featuring Drs. Robert Berke and Russell Elwell were available for those seeking medical providers while hospital chef Teri Brazill gave healthy cooking demonstrations.

Several healthy recipes were also distributed to guests to enjoy in their own kitchens.

“Our 80-year journey to a healthier community has been one of commitment, care and progress. Our community hospital is much more than a state-of-the-art facility; it is the sum of the human efforts of many people, including our associates, medical staff, volunteers and donors, all working towards the common goal of ensuring excellent health care for our residents for many years to come. coming “, said WMH Trustee Rodney Buchanan.

AHN Westfield Memorial Board Chair Helen Baran joined Buchanan to welcome guests and proudly spoke of the hospital’s 80 years of improving our community with its high quality services in constantly expanding under the auspices of Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health.

“One thing I would add to ‘Our Little Hospital That Could’ is that we have hearts and my heart is full of gratitude on this special day,” Baran remarked.

Buchanan’s event co-chair, Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, executive director of the WMH Foundation, also congratulated the entire Stepping Up committee, members of the hospital’s board of directors, the Foundation and auxiliaries and associates of the hospital saying: “We remain grateful to the countless volunteers for their tireless efforts to organize such a vital and fun event created to promote the health and happiness of our entire community.”



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