Honoring William King

This appeared in the 2018 Garden Party program.

William King’s service to his community extends back to his service to our country as a U.S. Army soldier in Korea. Raised in West Valley, he returned from military service and began a long career as an IBEW electrician—now a 58-year member. He started with Dobkin and Gold Co. in 1960 and after four years as an apprentice, went on to spend 29 years on construction and renovation projects throughout Western New York. From there, he was an electrical inspector for the New York Board of Fire Underwriters for Erie and Cattaraugus Counties for 10 years.

His involvement with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital can only be described as extensive and fundamental.  He joined the hospital’s board of directors in 1972, the same year he was elected as president of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company. Between then and 1992, he was an integral part of expansion and construction projects for the facility.  His call to service did not end there, as he became the town supervisor for Ashford in 1992, continuing for several terms, and he has been the town’s budget officer for 28 years and counting.

In 1997, he came back into the Bertrand Chaffee fold as a member of the then-new BCH Foundation, where he has remained a strong presence for the past 21 years, now as president. During his tenure on the board and foundation board, he served as president for the majority of his terms.

He and his wife, Carol, divide their time between West Valley and a home in Florida.

We thank Bill for his unwavering support of our hospital, his belief in our mission and his commitment to making our community a better place.

 

Celebrating the Cordelian Club

This appeared in the 2018 Garden Party program.

The name “Cordelian” has a meaning of social, educational, charitable and creative; looking deeper into its language roots, the “cor” has a meaning of “heart” in Latin. That’s where we get words like “cordial” and “encourage,” and the word “Cordelian” is completely appropriate to describe our local ladies’ organization that has supported our hospital and nursing home with such warmth and generosity since our very beginnings.

The Cordelian Club formed in 1937 by a group of local women in business, who had to be under 30 years old. That early requirement has changed, and today the club is proud to have members ranging from their 30s into their 70s.

This group meets monthly to gather and learn, and also to plan their major, annual event, the Dance.

This fundraising event has a long history as a popular tradition in Springville. With contributions to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home that range in the tens of thousands of dollars, this group has been a part of the facility’s major renovations and significant equipment purchases over the years.

Once a year, current Cordelian members have the opportunity to present names to be considered for membership, and are accepted with the expectation that they will continue the strong foundation of friendship, fun and community on which the group is built.

The Cordelian Club also gives a $100 savings bond each year to an outstanding SGI high school student, and an annual gift to the Girl Scouts of America in Springville.  Their actions represent a true community spirit and love for their neighbors.

2017-2018 season officers:

President: Kelly Baker

VP and Dance Chair: Kathy Goodrow

Treasurer: Kelly Sanders

Corresponding  Secretary: Joell Runge

Parliamentarian: Amy Wnuk

 

BCH Foundation Announces 2018-19 Officers

At its annual meeting in May, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation elected its slate of officers for the 2018-19 year.

William King was chosen as president, with Michael Benson taking on a new role as vice president, and Claudia Miller and David Batterson, Sr. remaining as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

After 48 years of roles in nursing, administration, and a foundation board member, Mary Kwiatek retired from her board position. Her resignation was accepted with extreme regret and best wishes to her.

Following its annual meeting, the foundation board moved to approve two grant requests: one for the hospital lab department to purchase a cytocentrifuge, and another for a nurse at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home to receive a scholarship from the Elizabeth Dedrick Memorial Scholarship Fund as she pursues a bachelor of science in nursing from a local college.

Other discussions at the board meeting focused on the upcoming Garden Party on May 31, where Bill King and the Cordelian Club will be recognized for their contributions to our facility.

Garden Party to Support Acute Care Nurses’ Station

Annual BCH Foundation Event to Honor William King and the Cordelian Club

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation’s annual Garden Party is planned for Thursday, May 31 at the Springville Country Club. The foundation’s board is pleased to announce that the event will celebrate William King and the Cordelian Club for their many contributions to the hospital and nursing home. King is the BCH Foundation board president and a longtime board volunteer for the hospital and foundation. The Cordelian Club has supported the hospital through fundraising efforts for more than 70 years.

The foundation board will direct this year’s proceeds towards the renovation of the second floor nurses’ station.

The Garden Party starts at 5 p.m. and concludes by 8 p.m. The Springville Jazz Orchestra and Nick Kody & Lydia Herren will provide the musical entertainment.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and are available at the BCH reception desk. For information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

 

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Announces Garden Party Event

Honorees Include William King and the Cordelian Club

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation’s annual Garden Party is planned for Thursday, May 31 at the Springville Country Club. At its January meeting, the foundation board chose to recognize William King and the Cordelian Club for their many contributions to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

William King is the current president of the foundation board, and has been a vocal advocate for the hospital as a board member and foundation board member for decades. He spent his career as an electrician contractor throughout Western New York and was the long-time supervisor for the Town of Ashford.

The Cordelian Club – as the first group to be acknowledged with this event – dates back to 1937. Its fundraising efforts, primarily done through their annual dance, have contributed to countless expansion projects, equipment purchases and building improvements over the past seven decades.

Proceeds from this event will be put toward the renovation of the second floor nurses station, covering the acute care services.

The Garden Party starts at 5 p.m. and concludes by 8 p.m. The Springville Jazz Orchestra and Nick Kody & Lydia Herren will provide the musical entertainment. Tickets are $50/person or $80/couple available from the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital front desk or by contacting Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org or (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and are available at the BCH reception desk. For information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Sons of AMVETS Supports BCH Foundation With End-of-Year Gift

Daniel Gallaway of the Sons of AMVETS Post 219 in Boston presented a donation to representatives from the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation on December 19. This gift will be put toward facility equipment needs in the new year.

We thank the squadron for its continued generosity. This gift is representative of the support that our hospital and nursing home receive from dedicated and thoughtful individuals who drive local civic organizations like Sons of AMVETS .

Sons of AMVETS is a nationwide service organization comprised of male descendants of American veterans. As part of the AMVETS family they are united in service and dedicated to improve quality of life, advocate legislation for increased benefits and care, provide and support charitable assistance to veterans, their families, and community.

From left: BCH Foundation Board Member Grover Riefler, Daniel Gallaway, BCH Foundation Board Secretary David Batterson, Sr., BCH Foundation Board Member Joel Maul.

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Annual Appeal Begins

The annual appeal for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation has begun! Letters will be sent out over the next two weeks. Our appeal this year is asking donors to reflect on the question, what does Bertrand Chaffee Hospital mean to you?

Share your story with us.

Here’s a look at what BCH meant to the community, from an article in the Springville Journal in the 1960s:

“Your hospital must meet the most unpredictable needs – it must continually be ready to serve and offer its services, and bring more roads to recovery, in an age that is filled with tremendous medical advances.”

Those words ring true today.

Your gift to our foundation funds equipment for the hospital and nursing home that helps your neighbors. Help us keep patients on their roads to recovery with a donation to our appeal before the end of the year.

Donate Now.

Congratulations, Amber Kohn, RN

At its July meeting, the BCH Foundation gave a scholarship to Amber Kohn, RN, to apply to her educational expenses. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alfred University, and is a nurse in the BCH emergency department. She previously worked on the medical-surgical floor at BCH as a registered nurse and in the ED as a nursing assistant.

The Elizabeth Dedrick Scholarship Fund is a way to support BCH and JBR employees as they pursue degrees and training, that they can then bring to their career in caring for patients and residents.

Congratulations, Amber!