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Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary holds annual meeting

The Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary held its Annual Meeting on Sept. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church in Westfield. A delicious buffet dinner was provided by Auxiliary Board members. The keynote speaker for the evening was Heather Mozdy, a mid-wife with OB/GYN Associates of Erie which now has a satellite office at WMH. This new practice will provide gynecologic, prenatal and postpartum care for patients in western New York. An all female staff will be providing services at WMH. Karen Surkala, new WMH president, was introduced and shared with the group her vision for the future of WMH.

Annual reports were presented by president Marjory Fritz, secretary Judy Fingerhut, and treasurer Marilyn Hemmer. Enhancing the physical plant continues to be a priority of the Auxiliary. During the past year, work has continued at the Meyer House. New flooring has been installed throughout the building and interior painting is now underway. These improvements are designed to make the facility more inviting and comfortable for patients. Other projects undertaken this year include new pictures added to the display case; funding for plantings at front entrance; and Christmas trees and decorations for Lobby, Bistro and Community Room.

Fund-raising activities that made these projects possible include two chicken and biscuit dinners; the pie tent during the Arts & Crafts festival; quilt raffle of Fall Acorn pattern quilt donated by Gloria Colgrove; sale of ornaments, magnets and mugs; shred-it event and citrus fruit sale.

Community Outreach and Advocacy are important aspects of the Auxiliary’s mission. This year board members participated in the Health Fair at Brocton School; Wellness Day at WACS; and blood pressure screenings at the March AMBA Clinic, Community Day in Moore Park, Mayville VFW and local Community kitchen.

The annual meeting also included the election of directors for the Class of 2022. The following were elected: Heidi Fowler, Marilyn Hemmer, Judy Loomis, Marilynne Northrop and Carol Widrig. Future plans include continuing to support WMH by providing physical improvements and promoting use of the facility for medical care in the community.

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