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Lake Shore Bank provides matching grant to hospital

Pictured from left are Rodney J. Buchanan, AHN Westfield Memorial Hospital administrator; accepting a $10,000 check from Tracy Bennett, Allegheny Health Network-Westfield Memorial Hospital and Lake Shore Savings Bank board member, while Dr. Kathryn Bronstein, Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation president, and Patricia DiPalma, Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation executive director, and Daniel Reininga, Lake Shore Savings Bank president and CEO, look on.

WESTFIELD — Seeking support for its annual campaign, the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation reached out to Lake Shore Savings Bank for assistance with the acquisition and installation of a $20,000 advanced TV system to benefit the patients at AHN-Westfield Memorial.

Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation executive director, received word from Daniel P. Reininga, Lake Shore Savings president and CEO,that the bank’s board agreed to contribute $10,000 if a matching $10,000 gift could be obtained.

“The entire hospital foundation board and I are pleased to announce that thanks to the continued generosity and support from The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, the Lake Shore Savings challenge was met,” DiPalma said.

As the philanthropic arm for Westfield Memorial Hospital, the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation works with the community hospital to provide financial support for the delivery of high-quality healthcare to our local residents and beyond.

“Being able to obtain one unit that would service the entire hospital is an incredible gift for which we are very appreciative,” said Rodney J. Buchanan, hospital administrator. “Many thanks to Lake Shore Savings Bank for its awesome gift and for proffering a matching challenge grant — and kudos to The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation for meeting that challenge. This advanced TV system is ‘user-friendly’ complete with large button TV remotes which would enable our patients, particularly our elderly and pediatric population to have easier access to TV programming during a time that can be somewhat daunting inside hospital walls. This funding also will allow individual cable boxes currently attached to every TV to be updated.”

Applauding the efforts of Lake Shore Savings Bank and The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, DiPalma said, “If AHN-Westfield Memorial Hospital is to remain a forerunner in enhanced diagnostic services, the Foundation will repeatedly be called on to fund sophisticated equipment in all hospital departments on an as needed basis. Never has the need for fundraising to ensure the on-going delivery of quality healthcare for years to come, been more evident than now. The pandemic has put a strain on all parts of America’s vast, but fragmented healthcare system. And because these additional strains are even more pronounced in rural communities such as ours, we recognize the importance of local funding to keep healthcare accessible to all of us and not a luxury for a few.”

For more information about the hospital foundation or how to give to the 2021 Annual Campaign, contact DiPalma at patricia.dipalma@ahn.org, call 716-793-2338 or visit the foundation’s website at www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org.

In addition to emergency care, the hospital provides an array of services, including ambulatory and short stay surgery, outpatient diagnostic services, physical therapy, cardiac testing and rehab, imaging, women’s diagnostic services, digital mammography, laboratory, diabetes education, nuclear stress testing, wound and infusion clinics, inpatient care, and a specialty services suite that includes general surgery, digestive diseases, OB-GYN services, orthopedics, urology, cardiology and hearing services.

Telemedicine services for rheumatology and endocrinology are also available at AHN-WMH. The hospital also provides primary care services on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution during its nine week summer season.

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