WMC Foundation announces leaders in health care

By Alisha Havens Oct 14, 2013

Gala 2013

2013 Community Leader of the Year Bob Barnard accepts his award at the first annual Gift of Health Gala Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

At its first annual Gift of Health Gala on Saturday, the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation named its 2013 physician and community leaders of the year.

Please help us thank Dr. Adrian Fluture and Bob Barnard for their leadership in promoting health care in Casper and Wyoming.

Physician of the Year

Dr. Fluture, a cardiologist at Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services in Casper since 2008, is the director of Regional Myocardinal Infarction Care at Wyoming Medical Center. He is also a consulting cardiologist for nine other hospitals in the state.

He has been instrumental in forming our STEMI program which is now among the top 10 percent in the country for quickly treating the most serious of heart attacks. In a STEMI heart attack – ST-elevation myocardial infarction – the coronary artery is blocked by a blood clot, causing the heart muscle to begin to die from lack of oxygen. Dr. Fluture has worked closely with EMTs, nurses and emergency room staff to give WMC an average 45 minutes door-to-balloon time – the time it takes to open a patient’s artery after the patient arrives at the ER. The national average is 90 minutes.

Still, Dr. Fluture believes there are still improvements to make before he will be completely satisfied.

“I’d like to extend Dr. Fluture a special thank you for making the critical difference in heart care delivered in Wyoming and the hundreds of patients he impacts every year,” said Alisha Havens, development director of the WMC Foundation.

Community Leader of the Year

Bob Barnard has been a leader of healthcare in the region for 37 years. He was born and raised in Casper and attended the University of Colorado where he met the love his life, Ali. They have been married for 61 years.

He served in the Army and worked for Shell Oil in Denver until 1957 when he returned to Casper and joined his dad and brother at Barnard Real Estate Company. He has served on Casper’s Planning Commission, Realtors Professional Association and has been a Rotarian for 56 years.

He has also worked for decades to improve healthcare in our community.

Barnard served on the Natrona County Hospital board from 1960 to 1972 and, in 1976, he helped form the Natrona County Hospital Foundation, now known as Wyoming Medical Center Foundation. He has served on our board for 37 years including three terms as president.

“I recognize the importance of having excellent medical services in the community and in turn that’s why I support the hospital,” he said. “Each of us can help in a small way to make a difference in the community.”

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