Photo gallery: Thanks to all who came to our McMurry West Tower open house

By Kristy Bleizeffer Sep 30, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday to get a first glimpse at our new McMurry West Tower. Between 1,500 and 1,800 people toured the building, enjoyed free food from our Market Place eatery and romped through our ambulance 'herd.' We cannot thank you enough for your support and enthusiasm for this project.

If you did miss it, take a minute to scroll through our photo gallery below.

For more: The McMurry West Tower took more than two years to build. Watch our time-lapse photography video to see it rise, literally, from the ground up.

Read more about features of our new patient tower in our series, West Tower Rising.

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The first ambulance arrives outside our new front door early Saturday morning. Paramedics brought several ambulances for the open house for kids to explore.

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Guests wait for the welcoming remarks in the front lobby.

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Tom Forslund, former city manager and now the director of the Wyoming Department of Health, was one of five speakers to start the open house. Communities that invest in health care thrive economically, he told the crowd.

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Rhonda Franzen, Wyoming Medical Center risk manager, points our a tower feature on a woman's tour map. More than 30 volunteers manned the event, easily recognizable in their yellow shirts.

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Lillian Wright, Wyoming Medical Center volunteer, carries a bundle of balloons while setting up for the open house. We also unveiled our new logo and colors at the event.

Wyoming Medical Center President and CEO Vickie Diamond opens the McMurry West Tower to the public. More than 100 community members donated $3.2 million to the project. Read more about our donors by clicking this photo.

Wyoming Medical Center President and CEO Vickie Diamond opens the McMurry West Tower to the public. 'For more than 100 years, we have been your community hospital. That is possible only because of your support,' she said. 'We do not take our responsibility to you and your health lightly. So long as we are stand as your community hospital, we will always work to serve you better.'  More than 100 community members donated $3.2 million to the project. Read more about our donors by clicking this photo.

T. Chris Muirhead, chairman of the Wyoming Medical Center Board of Directors, was first appointed to the board in 1995. He agreed to serve for selfish reasons, he told the crowd. When I was first appointed to the board of Wyoming Medical Center in November 1995, I admit that my reasons for accepting were somewhat selfish. I am a business man, and I cannot do business if I can’t recruit young, talented accountants to Casper to join my practice. A community needs certain attributes for families to come here. One of those is a great community hospital.  My accounting firm – Porter, Muirhead, Cornia and Howard – also needs a vibrant business community to succeed. When Casper does well, we do well.

T. Chris Muirhead, chairman of the Wyoming Medical Center Board of Directors, was first appointed to the board in 1995. He agreed to serve for selfish reasons, he told the crowd. 'I am a business man, and I cannot do business if I can’t recruit young, talented accountants to Casper to join my practice. A community needs certain attributes for families to come here. One of those is a great community hospital,' he said.

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A boy contemplates his descent down the main staircase connecting the main entrance with the Sky Lobby.

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Guests read about the "Tree of Life," an original work by local artist Betsy Bower. We also commissioned local photographers to capture Wyoming landscapes, and these hang throughout the first and second floors. Photographers include: Eric Wimmer, curator of the Nicolaysen Art Museum; Shawn Rivett, owner of Haven Art Gallery; Shawn Schulz, local photographer; and Trent Tatum, owner of The Reef Fly Shop.

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Terri Cunkle of Nutrition Services serves up fresh pizza from our new wood-stone oven in the Market Place eatery. It will offer pizza by the slice daily (16-inch made-to-order pizzas also offered) with specials such as strombolinis, calzones and cedar-wrapped salmon featured regularly.

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Guests make their way across the main lobby on the second floor.

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Guests wander the halls of the McMurry West Tower, taking self-guided tours that show off tower features on all four floors.

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Sean McGuire waits with his son, Ciernan, who celebrated his second birthday on Saturday. Wyoming Medical Center staff and doctors saved Ciernan and his mother, Jennifer, during a difficult delivery in 2012. Read the full story by clicking this photo.

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Kids and parents explore an ambulance from the WMC 'herd' on Saturday. Our herd now consists of seven iconic Wyoming animals - a grizzly bear, bald eagle, pronghorn antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion and bison. A moose will be joining the herd soon and a Natrona County student will choose our next animal friend. Read more about our ambulance contest, open to all Natrona County elementary students, by clicking this photo.

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People line up in the Market Place to get drinks, provided by Pepsi, and to sample several eatery offerings.

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Each of our ambulances now display our new WMC logo - a three-sided shield representing the three constituents we are called to protect: Casper, Natrona County and Wyoming.

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Visitors walk the halls of the Ruth R. Ellbogen Family, Mother and Baby Center, featuring a Level II Nursery, six new labor and delivery suites and 10 post-partum rooms big enough for whole families.

Guests enjoy appetizers and mingle in our new dining area, more than twice as large as the eating space we have now.

Guests enjoy appetizers and mingle in our new dining area, more than twice as large as the eating space we have now.

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