Westfield Memorial Hospital Celebrates 75th Anniversary
WESTFIELD — Westfield Memorial Hospital celebrated 75 years in business on Saturday, and it continues to prosper.
Designation of a permanent operating license, the complete re-construction of the emergency department, an electronic medical record system and new colors mark the significant growth for the rural community hospital.
The hospital hosted a full schedule of events on its grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate its 75 years and many more to come. The day started with its annual Walk for Wellness at 10 a.m. Community member and power walker, Roxane Helman and staff physician, Dr. Hagen, led the way.
Peter Pascale, hospital administrator, welcomed the community and noted that he was proud to be a part of Westfield, delivering quality health care to the region. He spoke about all the progress at the hospital, noting the emergency department renovation starts Sept. 18. Pascale congratulated walkers and expressed his gratitude to dignitaries in attendance as well.
Helen Baran, Westfield Memorial Hospital Board chairman spoke next. Baran explained that a “permanent operating license” gives the facility an opportunity to deliver a full continuum of care to the community. Starting in 2018, the hospital will be fully connected to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, along with the entire Allegheny Health Network, through a new electronic medical record (EMR) using the Epic system.
State Senator Catherine Young was represented by Lisa Vanstrom. Vanstrom recited an official birthday celebration proclamation: “Westfield Memorial Hospital is a beacon of hope, opportunity and prosperity,” referring to its leadership in partnerships, technology and service. Jacqueline Phelps, representing Congressman Reed’s office and George Borrello from County Executive Horrigan’s office both presented Pascale with distinct proclamations. Legislator John Hemmer was also in attendance.
Attendees participated in additional activities including a life-size Operation game, corn hole, sandbox treasure hunt, ring toss and duck pond games along with various raffle entries. The Hospital Auxiliary served hundreds of Chicken BBQ dinners and sold keepsake ornaments.
The hospital gave guests souvenirs reflecting the new Allegheny Health Network (AHN) green and blue color scheme. Long-time employee Cindy Harper started out working at the hospital for a summer job and says she has “enjoyed every single day,” for the last 40 years. Harper currently is the operations manager and further states she is committed to the hospital because the “working environment feels like family and the community at-large has always been so very supportive,” making her proud to work at WMH. The hospital also had its emergency helicopter, LifeFlight, fly in for the event, providing tours and free photos for party attendees.
Go Red for WMH wristbands and historical books were given out by the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation to inspire community members to donate to the renovation of the Emergency Department (ED). The Foundation pledged to raise $650,000 to the new ED and has reached 75 percent of that goal according to foundation president, Rose Van Volkenburg.