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Dr. Packard to be honored at RWMC Foundation gala

Over 300 people are expected this evening at the Gering Civic Center for the Regional West Foundation's third annual gala, "A Venetian Carnival,"

The formal event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening. Dinner at 7 p.m. will be followed by a live auction, which includes vacation packages and much more. The evening will continue with dancing and musical entertainment by Denver's "The Spotlight Band."

The gala is major fundraising event for Regional West Foundation. This year, funds will go towards the Campaign for Continuing Excellence. The key project of the campaign is the construction of an Education Center at Regional West. The planned state-of-the-art facility will allow Regional West to provide on-site continuing education classes for employees and medical staff.

Retired Scottsbluff physician William Packard, MD, and his wife Shari. will be honored. Dr. Packard, a native of New York and graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, moved to Scottsbluff in 1977 and helped to establish the Emergency Department. There, he met his wife-to-be, who was working at the hospital laboratory.

During his 32 year internal medicine career, Dr. Packard focused on the treatment of patients with cancer and he played key role in development of Regional West's cancer program.

A limited number of tickets are still available by calling 631-8800 or 631-8862 as soon as possible.

The gala will also provide an opportunity to introduce Regional West's newly recruited providers. They include: Maria Akhtar, MD; Jaroslaw Aniszewski, MD; Adeel Bashir, MD; Connie Beehler, MD; Bradley Coots, MD; Rachel Gandre, MD; Chris Lambert, MD; Lindsey Mosel, MD; Wendy Reeves, MD; Jeffrey Salisbury, MD; Hector Santiago, MD; and Creed Wait, MD.

Valley Bank and Trust Company, 21st Century Equipment, LLC, and Ideal Linen are returning as major sponsors this year. Baker & Associates/Studio 120 Architecture is also a major gala sponsor.

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