WESTFIELD - Deborah Belcher, registered nurse and Westfield Memorial Hospital associate, recently received a Scifit Total and Upper Body Exerciser for patients in the Westfield Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab Department.
"We are very grateful to the WMH Foundation and its numerous donors who kindly support the 'Dr. Robert E. Storms Walk-for-Wellness' held each September," said Belcher, noting the annual event was recently organized by members of the Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary. Proceeds from this annual walk were used to pay for the new equipment.
Rose Van Volkenburg, Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation president, the fundraising arm of the hospital, said she was pleased to provide the funding on behalf of the foundation.
Deborah Belcher, Westfield Memorial Hospital registered nurse, guides John Elliott of Westfield on the proper use of the new Scifit Total and Upper Body Exerciser, which was paid for by the annual ‘Walk-For-Wellness’ through the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation.
"We are happy to learn that the community recognized the need for this exerciser at the hospital," she said. "This machine will provide combined cross training functionality with safety, stability and comfort and even more importantly, allow the hospital to continue to help cardiac rehab patients stay healthy."
Kandy Susi, Westfield Memorial Hospital director, also acknowledged the foundation's gift to the hospital.
"We are confident that this donation will help numerous cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy patients served locally at the hospital. Upgrading equipment is key to providing excellent healthcare to the people of this region and will allow our community to get the treatment needed without having to travel great distances," she said.
John Elliott of Westfield was one donor who was instrumental in seeing the acquisition come to fruition.
"Thank you to everyone who participated in the 'Walk', especially the nurses, physical therapists, the foundation and the auxiliary who work tirelessly for this cause and for the members of our community," he said.
Westfield Memorial's Cardiac Rehab Center is located on the ground floor of the hospital at 189 E. Main St., Westfield, and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information about the foundation or to find out how to give, visit westfieldhospitalfoundation.org or call Patty DiPalma, development director, at 793-2338.