WESTFIELD - The annual auxiliary membership dinner/meeting was recently held in the Westfield Memorial Hospital dining room with more than 30 in attendance. A dinner catered by CJ's of Westfield was enjoyed by all.
The program speaker for the event was Shauna Anderson, vice president of clinical services, Hospice, Chautauqua County. She provided history of the organization as well as plans for the future. She also spoke of her years of experience in nursing, healthcare, and Hospice. The information regarding the many services provided by Hospice was interesting and enlightening. Brochures were provided.
Auxiliary Board President Marjory Fritz gave the annual report which included the many accomplishments achieved this past year. They include renovating and redecorating of the Front Lobby, the Emergency Waiting room, the Surgical waiting room, the Radiology waiting room, and the Women's Wellness Suite. The Auxiliary has also supported the hospital in other ways, such as landscaping, Physical Therapy equipment, sponsorship for the Annual Golf Tournament, and Christmas decorations. The 25th annual Robert E. Storms Walk for Wellness was held on Sept. 6. Funds raised will be used for redecorating projects selected by the PT and Cardiac Rehab departments. The Auxiliary continues fundraising activities throughout the year which makes these projects possible. These include the Celebrating Spring Event, pie sales at the Arts and Crafts Festival, sale of ornaments and magnets and lottery tickets, a raffled quilt, and donations from Parklane Jewelry, Pampered Chef, and Tastefully Simple sales held in the hospital lobby.
Marjory Fritz also conducted the election of directors for the coming year. In doing so, the Auxiliary welcomed Nancy Smith and said goodbye to Lynette Huddy who received a parting gift as she retired after several year of dedicated service.
The need for the services WMH provides to this area of Western New York cannot be emphasized enough. With the impending changes in healthcare, it is imperative that efforts be made to insure the stability of all areas of the hospital. To this end, the Auxiliary pledges its support so that the WMH will be here to serve the community for generations to come.
In doing so, join in on Oct. 15 for the first WMH Auxiliary Fall Fundraiser Dinner which will be held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God, 252 E. Main St., Westfield. Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be served 5 p.m. until sold out. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 for adult and $5 for children under 10. All are invited to come and enjoy a meal while also supporting WMH.