Parents give back to Westfield Hospital, Emergency Department provided life-saving actions

Submitted Photo: Grateful parent Erica Belson of Westfield, seen here with her 5 year-old daughter, Alivia, donates to the WMH Foundation RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign.

Submitted Photo: Grateful parent Erica Belson of Westfield, seen here with her 5 year-old daughter, Alivia, donates to the WMH Foundation RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign.

WESTFIELD — “Our baby stopped breathing. It was the most terrifying moment of my life,” said Erica Belson of Westfield. “If it wasn’t for Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH), we wouldn’t have our daughter, Alivia, here with us today.”

On May 21, 2012, Alivia (just a few weeks-old) was rushed to the WMH Emergency Department (ED) where Dr. C. Phillip Garriott and members of the WMH ED staff are credited with saving her life. They stabilized, the baby and she was air-lifted to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for further care and treatment. Belson stated, “That everyone involved with her care did everything right in saving Alivia.”

Fast forward to August, 2017 when a very happy and grateful mother (with a beautiful little girl in tow) visited the WMH Foundation board meeting. Belson presented a $400 gift from herself and her husband, Matt, to the foundation’s RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) Campaign as a symbol of their continued appreciation to the hospital.

In a letter to the hospital foundation, Belson wrote, “We cannot thank Westfield Memorial Hospital and all their amazing staff enough for saving our daughter’s life. We cannot put into words the gratitude that we have for each person that was there that day … without this hospital, we would not have our amazing little girl who heads off to Kindergarten soon.”

“It is a story I hear quite often. No one plans for a baby to be in the hospital’s emergency department,” stated Rose Van Volkenburg, president of the WMH Foundation.

“Every life is precious and it is heart-warming when grateful parents return to donate,” said Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, executive director.

Van Volkenburg continued, “With a majority of the funding for the ED Upgrade coming from gifts to the hospital foundation, it shows just how significant the need for donations are so that our community hospital is able to continue to provide high quality health care to all the residents throughout Westfield and beyond.”

The hospital’s service area also includes: Ashville, Bemus Point, Brocton, Chautauqua, Clymer, Dewittville, Findley Lake, Mayville, Panama, Portland, Ripley, Sherman, Stockton and all visitors to the region.

For more information on how to save lives by giving to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s RED Campaign, contact the foundation office at 793-2338.

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