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Medical Center to host gala event
October 12, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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“A Red Carpet Event” to raise funds for the new Regional West Educational Center happens this Friday night at the Gering Civic Center.

Hosted by the Regional West Foundation, the semi-formal event begins on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. with cocktails. A silent auction takes place throughout the evening.

Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., followed by a live auction for vacation and golf packages and much more. The evening concludes with dancing and musical entertainment by Denver’s “The Spotlight Band.”

Julie Schaff, director of education at Regional West Medical Center, said the annual event, now in its second year, helps increase the capabilities of the medical center. “We also use the event to honor the contributions of long-term employees, who have made an impact both at Regional West and in the community.”

This year’s honoree is Dr. Lloyd Westerbuhr, who now lives in Arizona. He was instrumental in developing both the Regional West trauma network and the statewide trauma network during his 27 years in Nebraska.

This year’s event will raise funds for a comprehensive center to provide continuing education for medical center personnel.

“Directly above the gift shop area is a full sized theater shaped auditorium,” Schaff said. “With the way professionals learn, that wasn’t what was needed. We’re turning it into a flexible education space, which is different from a meeting space.”

The large space can be divided into smaller spaces. “The great point about it is that it’s wired, or rather wireless, for the future,” Schaff said. “This will also give students the opportunity to see how hospital procedures actually work and give them a true vision of just how many job opportunities are available out there.”

Professional development will also be available via video link to research institutions around the world through the educational center.

“This center will make it possible to do more training that will fit busy schedules, something that fits into an hour or so,” she said. “Adult learning has to do with exactly what people need to do their jobs right now.”

Major sponsors for the event include Valley Bank and Trust Company, Kelley Bean Company, 21st Century Equipment and Ideal Linen. Valet parking will also be available at the Gering Civic Center.

Tickets for “A Red Carpet Event” are available by calling (308) 630-1485.
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