Lake Shore Savings Bank invests in Westfield Memorial Hospital

Submitted Photo: Lake Shore Savings Bank presents a $50,000 check in support of the Westfield Memorial Hospital RED Campaign. Pictured from left: LSS Branch Manager Adam Dimitri; WMH Administrator Pete Pascale; Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg; Foundation Executive Director Patricia DiPalma; and LSS Bank President & CEO Dan Reininga.

WESTFIELD — Lake Shore Savings Bank recently announced its support of the Westfield Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Upgrade with a gift of $50,000 to the WMH Foundation. The money will be distributed over three years.

In October, 2016, the foundation announced a $650,000 RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign. To date, 50 percent of the RED Campaign Goal has been raised for the ED Upgrade which is slated to begin in the fall of 2017.

“The Board of Directors and staff of Lake Shore Savings Bank are proud to continue their support of Westfield Memorial Hospital, and their mission to provide quality healthcare to Chautauqua County residents, said Daniel P. Reininga, President and CEO of Lake Shore Savings Bank. “We are confident that our donation to assist with the funding of the Emergency Department renovation will support the hospital’s mission to provide patients and families with efficient and compassionate care for years to come. Westfield Memorial Hospital and the WMH Foundation are true assets to our community and we are proud to continue our partnership of Putting People First by supporting the foundation’s RED Campaign.”

“The WMH Foundation Board of Directors and I were thrilled to learn our hometown bank continues to enthusiastically support our community hospital and foundation and we cannot thank them enough,” said WMH Foundation Executive Director Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, noting the money will be allocated to refurbish the Waiting Room in the ED.

DiPalma further explained the upgrade plans, “Using the Split-Flow model of care, fashioned after the Cleveland Clinic, patients are seen by a nurse immediately upon entering the Emergency Department. The Split-Flow model of care is an evidence-based best practice that hospitals nationwide are adapting with the goal of shortening the time before a patient is seen by a physician or care provider, as well as the overall length of time spent in an emergency department.”

Rose Van Volkenburg, president of the foundation, also lauded the donation. “Generous support from corporate leaders like Lake Shore Savings Bank will allow more than 30,000 people in 14 villages, towns and cities in the hospital’s service area, as well as the county’s many visitors, to receive high quality compassionate care close to home. It is rewarding to be able to give so many the promise of a healthier tomorrow,” Van Volkenburg said.

WMH Administrator Pete Pascale remarked: “We salute Lake Shore Savings Bank. We couldn’t think of a better way to highlight their support of our community by giving to our vital RED Campaign at the hospital. The bank’s continued philanthropic support for our highly anticipated ED Upgrade is deeply appreciated.”