Black Tie Gala takes on Gatsby theme


Black Tie Gala Slide Show
On Saturday, November 5, the Friends Foundation of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital hosted its Black Tie Gala. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed fine wine, food and fabulous music with a glamourous Gatsby theme. The musical talents of Gina Otto and Trio Monaco Trio entertained the guests with a jazz flair throughout dinner that set the mood for the auction fun to follow.
Tom Keim, SGCMH CEO welcomed guests and thanked them for their continued support of the hospital.
“Over the years we’ve made a lot of changes to the hospital, and thanks to a lot of people in this room, I see many friends that have always been there for us and supported us at these events. They say small community hospitals are becoming a dinosaur, but I will tell you in Ste. Genevieve we are strong, we are powerful and we are doing the things we need to be doing to be a hospital that will be here today, tomorrow and 50 years from now. It’s because of your support that we’re able to do that.”
Keim went on to praise the SGCMH medical staff and the hospital’s Partners, who just won Auxiliary of the Year for the second year in a row.
“We talk about bricks and mortar and all the equipment that we’ve purchased over the years, but it all comes down to the people,” he said. “The people that I have the privilege of working with day in and day out and the people that we have the honor to serve in our hospital that make our hospital community the best it can be.”
Vickie Winkler, president of the Friends Foundation, presented checks representing specific projects that the foundation has been working for-- namely the expanded surgery center, 3D mammography and a central monitoring system for OB.
“Over the course of the last three years, the Friends Foundation has focused our efforts on funding technology, education and staffing to enhance healthcare for our community,” Winkler said. Since the surgery center’s opening in 2014 the staff and patients have been very pleased. It is with great pleasure that the Friends board present this $30,000 check to Dr. Sharlow.
“I think what the friends have done for Ste. Genevieve is nothing short of amazing,” Dr. Sharlow said. “What this addition to the surgery center has done has provided for a level of professionalism that compliments the services that we provide. We now have comfortable rooms that provide privacy for families to sit with their loved one prior to going back to the operating room. It’s made an amazing difference to what we offer. We all talk about bricks and mortar, but its the talented, dedicated people who work behind those bricks and mortar that make it what it is. We appreciate the dedication of our Friends Foundation.”
Winkler continued to share that SGCMH is dedicated to becoming the best women’s healthcare provider in the region. To help fulfill this mission, the Friends has committed to funding 3D mammography technology. With that she presented a check for $30,000 for 3D mammography to Dr. Theresa Cavins, breast and general surgeon.
“It’s a wonderful thing that we can give personalized care at SGCMH,” she said. “It’s a jewel among corporate hospitals surrounding us. As physicians, we can practice the way we know our patients want us to practice. We have autonomy and we have cutting edge technology. It doesn’t get any better than this. Thanks to the foundation we have it at our community hospital. 3D mammography finds 40% more cancer than traditional mammography. It also cuts down on the likelihood that you will be called back for additional imaging, which is always anxiety provoking. 3D technology is a wonderful technology that I’ve been waiting for my whole career.”
Winkler shifted focus to the foundation’s third area of recent funding—a central monitoring system for the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center.
“SGCMH is on pace to deliver over 180 babies in 2016,” Winkler said. “The foundation has made an impact on OB services at the hospital by helping to provide a state of the art waterbirth suite and upgrading the infant security system. The Friends foundation is committed to bringing the next generation of newborns into the world in the safest and surest possible way. We now present to Lisa Bird for $25,000 toward a central monitoring system at SGCMH.
“Every day on the OB we see miracles,” said Lisa Bird, Director of OB. “Everyone loves to hear the lullaby and see the beauty of a birth. We are growing and I credit that to Dr. Lam, Dr. Breckenridge, Kelly Donze and soon to welcome Dr. Whitaker. I thank the Friends Foundation for helping to bring us the marvel of the science of central monitoring that allows us to truly lay eyes on a baby and how they’re weathering labor. Birth is always an exciting time and everyone hopes that everything goes well. We want to assure that every mother has that experience. That’s what your gift to us will help provide. It is truly cutting edge and progressive science for our community.”
Auctioneer Tom Okenfuss whose gift of fast speech and humor was on hand for the oral auction. A golden ticket raffle, whereby the winner would choose a silent auction offering, was won by Dr. Jonathon Bird and added to the evening’s fun.

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