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West Tower Rising: More than 100 donors helped raise $3.2 million for the McMurry West Tower

By Kristy Bleizeffer Sep 24, 2014

West Tower Rising is a series highlighting our new McMurry West Tower. Join us for our public open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Enjoy appetizers from Market Place, our new expanded kitchen and dining area, and tour the new building.

Our Donor Wall sits just inside the front door of our McMurry West Tower.

Our Donor Wall sits just inside the front door of our McMurry West Tower.

The opening of our McMurry West Tower would not be possible if not for the vision of more than 100 community people, businesses and foundations investing nearly $3.2 million to the health of their friends, family and neighbors. Today, we are saluting our Champions of Health.

Each name listed in this post sees not only what their community hospital is, but what it can become.

Mick and Susie McMurry
Portrait painted by Justin Hayward.

Portrait by Justin Hayward

The McMurrys are both the project's lead donors and the namesake of the McMurry West Tower.

After founding the McMurry Foundation in 1998, Mick and Susie McMurry have supported numerous children’s and community programs throughout Casper and Wyoming. They have made major contributions to our community’s health, including gifts to the McMurry Medical Arts Building, Wyoming Medical Center’s emergency expansion and, most recently, to the McMurry West Tower.

Susie is a board member of both Wyoming Medical Center’s foundation and board of directors. She is also a longtime volunteer at WMC and founder of Gentle Hands, offering nonmedical support to patients and families. Their support of the new tower fulfills a goal they both share: “To make a better Wyoming. This is where we live. This is the place we love.”

Further reading: "Mick and Susie McMurry are building a healthier community."

Dr. Jerry Behrens, M.D.
Portrait painted by Eric Reaves.

Portrait by Eric Reaves

Dr. Behrens is the namesake of the Jerry Behrens MD Orthopaedic, Spine and General Surgery Center, located on the fourth floor of the new tower.

He was born Dec. 30, 1940, to Louie and Alice Behrens in Greenwood, Wis. He decided to become a doctor while still in high school and attended the University of Wisconsin where he completed his undergraduate degree, medical degree and orthopedic residency. He is husband to Mary and father to Kelly, Mike and Ingrid.

As a Navy corpsman, he was a military doctor serving in Vietnam and in Desert Storm. He’s been with Casper Orthopedic Associates for 40 years. "Serving the people is what it is all about," he said. "We all stand on the shoulders of those both living and dead who have nurtured, mentored and loved us. I am grateful for my colleagues at Casper Orthopaedics and Wyoming Medical Center."

Further reading:“27 years after losing her father in Vietnam, woman forms friendship with the Casper surgeon who identified his remains.”

Ruth R. Ellbogen
Portrait by Justin Hayward.

Portrait by Justin Hayward

Raised in Casper, Ruth Ellbogen was born and gave birth to all five of her children at Natrona County Memorial Hospital. She has a passion for promoting education and health, particularly for children, and her gift to the Ruth R. Ellbogen Family, Mother and Baby Center is her largest charitable donation to date.

She has supported a long list of community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, the Natrona County School District, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, University of Wyoming scholarship, Make a Wish, Jason’s Friends and numerous others.

"It is a privilege to give back to the community that I call home," she said.

And with many thanks to our individual, business and foundation donors. We thank all of you for your belief in our mission and your support for a strong and healthy Casper.

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