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January 22, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Dr. Todd Sorensen (left) and Hod Kosman of Platte Valley Companies are joined by Jean Kernes and other Chamber Ambassadors to cut the ribbon on the new Regional West Foundation Platte Valley Companies Sorensen Education Center.

The first major project of the $4.2 million fundraising campaign at Regional West Medical Center was unveiled Tuesday with the opening of the new Regional West Foundation Platte Valley Companies Sorensen Education Center.

The 3,000 square foot room, located on the second floor just inside the hospital’s main entrance, can provide space for 200 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.

“We’re in a world of communication,” said Platte Valley Companies CEO Hod Kosman. “With the click of a button, we can now connect with the finest minds in medicine and the finest approaches to medicine. This center puts us in touch with the world in terms of medicine.”
The main room can be divided into four smaller rooms to offer specialized training and other workshops. Tele-health conferencing is also possible – and even formal meals if needed.

“One of our focuses will be continuing education for medical staff,” said John Massey, board chairman of the Regional West Foundation. “We’re already doing that, but this gives us a modern facility to deliver today’s technology and information to our staff.”
Massey said they hope the center will become a regional facility to deliver health information to smaller areas and other hospitals. As a result, those health care professionals might not have to come to Regional West for specialized training, such as training for Emergency Medical Technicians.

Other projects the fundraising campaign will help finance include upgrades to the Cancer Treatment Center, the Heart Catheterization Lab, and remodeling patient rooms on the second floor.

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