Tribute Gifts benefit Westfield foundation

Tribute gifts extend the positive impact made by extraordinary people in our lives, observed WMHF Treasurer Christine Adams, CPA, who looks over a list of memorials and honorariums given to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of our community hospital with Foundation Executive Director, Patricia Gaughan DiPalma.

WESTFIELD – Tribute Gifts offer a unique opportunity to recognize someone who has memorably touched your life. Remembering a family member, a dear friend, or a colleague (in life or in death) is something that many members in our community customarily do at the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation (WMHF).

Many are familiar with the hospital foundation’s mission and how it helps the hospital remain on the cutting edge of patient care. Having celebrated its 45th Anniversary year, the WMHF, via its donors, continues its philanthropy by promoting outstanding healthcare.

Donating a Memorial Gift to honor the memory of a friend or loved one who is no longer with us or recognizing a dear friend or loved one with an Honorarium is an appropriate expression of thoughtfulness and always appreciated.

Following are those remembered in 2023:


Barbara Boltz from Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Brenda Eno from Lorraine, John, and David Dickinson

David Gembala from Beth Patri and Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Wilmer and Ethel McDonald from the McDonald Family

Elizabeth Peters from Jim and Rose Van Volkenburg

Cindy Scott from Helen Baran

Dan Snow from Tracy and Linda Bennett and Alan and Lisa Holbrook


In Honor of Dr. Russell and Fran Elwell’s Birthdays from Helen Baran

In Honor of Rebecca Wood from Marilyn Ferree

Other ways to make a tribute gift to the hospital Foundation include the following:

— By celebrating many of life’s wonderful occasions – the birth of a child, birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, retirement, or other important events.

— Saying thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life. Gifts may be made in honor of another that you wish to acknowledge or recognize for any reason, such as a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, pastor or caregiver.

— Honoring an essential healthcare worker. Your gift will show the dedicated doctors and nurses and support staff that we deeply value the sacrifices they have made daily in continuing to help us fight against on-going COVID-19 cases, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and the flu in particular.

— Becoming a member of the Spencer Legacy Society — by leaving a portion of one’s estate to the Foundation is also an altruistic way to influence the future, forever.

Whether your gift commemorates an event, honors an individual or memorializes a friend or loved one, the individual or family named by the donor receives a special acknowledgment that a gift has been made in their name.

Our community hospital can continue to provide high quality healthcare to all the residents throughout our community and beyond. AHN Westfield Hospital is a member of the Allegheny Health Network.

For those who would like to learn more about the hospital foundation or to give a memorial gift or honorarium to the hospital foundation, contact Patty DiPalma at patricia.dipalma@ahn.org; call: 716-793-2338 or visit the foundation’s website at: www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org where you will find a memorial/honorarium form on the home page.


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