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Hospital foundation receives major gift$500K donation to help foundation’s capital campaign
November 20, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - The Regional West Medical Center Foundation received a $500,000 from Platte Valley Companies for the new Sorensen Education Center. From left are John Massey, Regional West Medical Center Foundation Board President; Shelley Knutson, Regional West Medical Center Foundation Executive Director; Kikki Sorensen, Todd Sorensen, MD, MS, RWMC President and CEO; Hod Kosman, Chairman, President, and CEO of Platte Valley Companies.

Regional West Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Continuing Excellence took a major step forward Tuesday with a $500,000 donation from Platte Valley Companies.

The capital campaign is raising $4.2 million over the next five years for improvements, including the new Sorensen Education Center on the RWMC campus. The 3,000 square foot room can provide space for 250 people at a time. It will include the latest technology to expand local continuing education opportunities for hospital staff, healthcare providers and local physicians to be involved in long-distance patient consultations.

“Regional West Medical Center is a substantial partner in our region’s healthcare system and a major part of our regional economy,” said Hod Kosman, President and CEO of Platte Valley Companies. “At the center of this critical regional health system are over 1,800 dedicated, highly trained, caring healthcare professionals.”

Kosman added that advances in medicine and medical technology will continue at an increasing pace. In order to bring those medical breakthroughs to the area, the community must have access to good, state-of-the-art communications connectivity.

In announcing the gift, Kosman also said it would help build the Sorensen Education Center. The naming was a surprise to outgoing hospital president Dr. Todd Sorensen.

“It was a surprise, but I have to say what a terrific contribution this has been from Platte Valley Companies,” Sorensen said. “Hod has been a good friend and board chairman for all the time I’ve been here.”

Sorensen added the hospital has great potential and a bright future. “We have an interest in having a really strong medical center in the area.”

Shelley Knutson, Regional West Medical Center Foundation Executive Director, said the Platte Valley Companies donation is the largest they’ve received for the campaign. The hospital is planning an open house in January to introduce the center to the public.

“We started this campaign with in-house donations and right now, we’ve raised about three million,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll be there in the next six months or so.”

Kosman has been involved with the hospital since about 1989. “When this education center came up, it really fits so much of what the hospital does with today’s communications technology,” he said. “When it came to naming the center, the board had plenty of ideas of candidates who have made major contributions to the hospital, but the Sorensen family came to the top. We’re pleased we can honor them this way for all they’ve done for this community.”

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