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Windber Hospice Receives Donation

The Greater Johnstown Saddle Club & Golden Star Horse Farm presented a check in the amount of $16,500 to Windber Hospice from their 15th Annual Benefit Horse Show that was held on August 20 and 21 at the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club in Salix.

Denny Hutchison, Event Chairperson, said, “This year’s event was another great success due to the efforts and dedication of our volunteers, the good folks who turned out, and the loyal riders who come every year – rain or shine – to support this great cause!”

More than 200 participants patronized the yearly event, which included the Mounted State Police; gaming and fun classes; a flag ceremony; and showmanship, halter, and performance classes.

“With the ongoing support and commitment of the Horse Show Committee, the Johnstown Saddle Club, Golden Star Horse Farm, and the residents of our community, Windber Hospice has been able to continue to grow our holistic philosophy with a focus on integrative therapies including therapeutic music, massage therapy, flower essences, and reflection photos. We are appreciative for the hard work and dedication of the committee who shares our vision in providing quality end of life care to those with a life limiting illness,” said Kristie Berkebile, CSSMCW Home Health and Hospice Manager.

All funds will support patient care services for Windber Hospice.

Front Row: Michelle Hamula, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) Director of Nursing; Naomi Collins; Denny Hutchinson, Event Chairperson; Shirley Beynon; and Kristie Berkebile, CSSMCW Home Health and Hospice Manager.

Back Row: Rich Sukenik, CSSMCW CFO; Jessica Klosky, CSSMCW Volunteer Coordinator; Theresa Smith; Kim Oleksa, CSSMCW Foundation/Development Coordinator; and Don Smith.

Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit