“From what we've researched, we have confirmed that they are probably the largest employer of women in Windber,” club president Franceska Norwich said.
The Windber Medical Center currently employs 457 women and hired 52 of those female employees this year.
“That caught our attention,” Norwich said.
Norwich said in addition to employing working women in the Windber area, the medical center also frequently promotes women to important positions.
“The facility has been serving the community for 100 years,” she said. “They also provide excellent health care to many women.”
Norwich said the facility, which includes the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, offers a variety of quality medical and health services including hospice, which is rare for a small town.
“I truly do believe we are very fortunate to have this medical facility in a town as small as Windber,” she said. “And the quality and the friendliness of their personnel, well it’s just wonderful.”
The organization is part of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Pennsylvania and are one of seven clubs located in district five, Norwich said. The Windber chapter was organized in 1947.
“Our mission statement is that we wish to empower working women to achieve their full potential, and partner with employers to build successful workplaces through education, research, knowledge and policy,” she said.
The group currently has 23 active members and participates in a variety of community service activities throughout the year. In addition, five monetary awards are given away each year by the group.
“The issues that are most important to us are the equal rights amendment, equal pay quality, equity and insurance, education and training,” Norwich said. “We want to support working women in any shape or form we can.”
The club meets every third Tuesday of the month from September to May at Patti's Restaurant in Windber. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, next month's meeting is Nov. 13.