Still time to contribute:?WMHF 2013 campaign ends Dec. 31

Every so often, the Westfield Memorial Hospital receives a letter of thanks – thanks for saving my life, the life of my husband, the life of my young daughter or grandchild.

Once in awhile, a friend runs into another friend, or a neighbor, and spends a few minutes talking about a recent visit to the hospital.

The conversation might be: “Wow! I woke up at 3 in the morning last week with a horrible pain in my chest. It scared me so much, I called 911 and the rescue squad took me to Westfield Memorial Emergency room. After a thorough examination, the doctor assured me it wasn’t serious and prescribed the needed medication.”

Westfield Memorial couldn’t save so many lives if the staff didn’t have up-to-date equipment and the exact medicine needed. Everything in the Emergency room is valuable because it saves lives or helps treat an unusual malady. The same is true of every department in the hospital

The WMH Foundation provides financial support to the hospital. Money received in every annual campaign has been used to purchase the latest equipment needed. The foundation’s board of directors and staff adhere to its mission: As the major source of fund-raising for Westfield Memorial Hospital, the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation will work with the hospital in providing financial support for the delivery of high quality health care to the residents of the Chautauqua Region.

The 2013 Campaign is coming to an end. A calendar year drive, all contributions must be postmarked Dec. 31 to be used toward the $195,000 goal. For this year’s campaign, there is a $50,000 matching gift in effect from Saint Vincent Health System. For every one dollar given, SVHS matches it until the $50,000 is reached, thus helping to reach the goal.

People can contribute in honor or memory of someone loved and respected. Anyone who gives $200 or more will have his/her name on a large poster that is displayed in the hospital lobby.

Donations are tax deductible..

For more information about the campaign including how to send a gift, contact Patty DiPalma, foundation development director at 793-2338. Those interested are encouraged to visit the website at www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org.