Chautauquan joins Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation

WESTFIELD — Recently welcomed to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Bob Battaglin is a year-round Chautauquan who knows the value of the hospital.

Battaglin and his wife Joan have experienced care from the hospital’s Emergency Department. “We have had our share of emergency room needs and are happy to say we have been very pleased over the years with the care we received at Westfield,” he noted.

Having begun visiting Chautauqua Institution in 1987, the purchase of a condo on the grounds three years later assured his wife Joan and two children full season attendance since 1994. Year-round residency started in April of 2014 and now adds three grandchildren, ages 17 to 21, “who have been coming to Chautauqua all their lives,” Battaglin stresses.

During his Chautauqua life, Battaglin is an active 20-year volunteer with Presbyterian House and became project manager for a $3.5 million expansion project in 2000-2002. In addition, he is an on-going volunteer of the Friends of the Chautauqua Theater Company, an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown where he sings in the choir. He also is a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Born and raised on the far Southside of Chicago, starting in 1964, he and his wife Joan lived and raised their family in Corning, NY off and on for 30 years while working for Corning Incorporated. They also lived for shorter times in State College, Pa., Edina, Minn., and Acton, Mass.

A number of managerial experiences in various businesses and functions including District Sales and Product Marketing, Manager of Corporate Recruiting and Manager of Human Resources for Corning’s International Division led to a pre-retirement assignment as associate dean of Faculty at Elmira College where he taught marketing and human resources and managed the student academic counseling program.

Community volunteering included: a founding board member for a Habitat for Humanity start-up in Corning, president of the Corning Philharmonic Association, on the board of the Corning Council on the Arts, First Presbyterian Church of Corning Session, Deacon and Trustee plus 25 years as tenor in the church choir and the chorus of the Philharmonic and, five years as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

In addition, after his retirement, Battaglin also was involved in many of the same type of activities in Brevard, N.C., including many years as a volunteer helping run a county wide pantry.

After learning that the WMH Foundation is raising money for the hospital, especially these past two years for the RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign, Battaglin did not hesitate to fill a vacancy on the foundation’s board of directors.