WMC Foundation announces physician, community leaders at Gift of Health Gala

By Kristy Bleizeffer Oct 13, 2014

A large crowd listens to a speaker at the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation's second annual Gift of Health Gala on Saturday at the Casper Event's Center.

A large crowd listens to a speaker at the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation's second annual Gift of Health Gala on Saturday at the Casper Event's Center.

At its second annual Gift of Health Gala on Saturday, the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation named its 2014 physician and community leaders of the year.

Please help us thank Dr. Mark Mc Ginley and Susie McMurry  for their leadership in promoting health care in Casper and Wyoming.

Dr. Mark Mc Ginley


Watch: ICU staff congratulate Dr. Mark Mc Ginley

No amount of words can describe the impact Dr. Mark Mc Ginley has made on Wyoming Medical Center. Mc Ginley was
born inDrogheda, Ireland and attended medical school at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He completed his residency at Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., with and a pulmonology and critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Mc Ginley is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care and integrative medicine.

He is most passionate about integrative medicine which focuses on treating the whole person -- mind, body and spirit (See page 4). Aside from medicine, Dr. Mc Ginley enjoys yoga, running, biking, skiing and spending time with his three children.

Dr. Mc Ginley has been instrumental with a number of hospital initiatives including creating 24/7 intensivist coverage for our most critical patients. He helped to establish Code Sepsis which identifies patients that present to the Emergency Room with signs of serious infections and gets them treatment in under one hour. And, he has been integral in introducing integrative medicine techniques to the hospital and implementing wellness initiatives such as the caring channel, pet therapy and aromatherapy. He is working to establish a new Wellness Center in the McMurry West Tower.

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Susie McMurry


Watch: Patient Rachel Herrera describes the difference Susie McMurry made in her life

Susie McMurry’s passion to improve the health of our community is apparent in all that she does. She has spent more than 11 years on the Wyoming Medical Center Hospital Board and over 20 years on the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation Board.

Susie started the Gentle Hands Program 30 years ago with Gail Kennah and Ellie Ellbogen. The program offers non-medical support to patients and families, providing everything from plane tickets to clothes to neck pillows that make hospital beds more comfortable. Susie spends hours every day walking the halls of Wyoming Medical Center, asking patients and families how she can help. It’s not uncommon for Susie to receive a phone call from one of our nurses requesting that she sit with a patient who is at the end of life with no family… and Susie does.

In 2001, the McMurrys made their first contribution to the healthcare community with the McMurry Medical Arts building. They also donated to our ER remodel and recently celebrated the opening of the new McMurry West Tower.

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