Dr. Iverson, Mike and Debbie Reid honored at WMC Foundation's Gift of Health Gala
Oct 10, 2016
At the fourth Gift of Health Gala on Saturday, the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation named its 2016 Physician of the Year and Community Leaders of the Year. This year's honorees were emergency room physician Ron Iverson, M.D., and local business owners Mike and Debbie Reid.
"All of you sitting here tonight are here for a reason. You are the people Casper’s great nonprofit organizations turn to in order to meet their vital missions. Casper is a special place because your generosity and hard work make it special," said Vickie Diamond, Wyoming Medical Center president and CEO, in her opening remarks.
"We are thankful every day for the support you have given this hospital through our Foundation.With your gifts, your vision and your leadership, this hospital continues to grow with Casper. We provide more than 75 specialties and sub-specialties and serve over 100,000 patients per year. We do not take our responsibility lightly. So long as we stand as your community hospital, we will always work to serve you better."
Please help us honor Dr. Iverson and Mike and Debbie Reid for their leadership in promoting health in Casper in Wyoming.
PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Dr. Ron Iverson grew up in suburban Denver. He attended Pomona College in California where he completed his pre-med curriculum and developed a passion for travel, primarily by hitch-hiking and traveling on a budget throughout California and Mexico. After graduation, he spent a year doing what he calls “worthless research” at the Veterans Administration in Denver followed by four years of medical school, also in Denver. From there, he moved to Arizona where he did his residency in Family Practice at the University of Arizona. It was during this time that he discovered a preference for Emergency Medicine and, after vacationing in the Wind River wilderness, fell in love with Wyoming.
After completing his residency, Dr. Iverson spent a year outside of the U.S. For the first six months, he worked in the Emergency Department at LBJ Medical Center in American Samoa. He enjoyed windsurfing and scuba diving as well as learning some tropical medicine. From there he traveled through Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal.
When Dr. Iverson returned to the U.S., he lived in Rawlins where he met his wife. After two years, they moved to Casper so that she could attend nursing school and their children could grow up in Casper.
Dr. Iverson has worked in the Emergency Department at Wyoming Medical Center for over 30 years. The thousands of hours he has spent in the ED has given him the opportunity to enjoy the teamwork and comradery of Emergency Medicine.
He has also found time to work as Medical Director of a tiny clinic in rural Honduras, La Clinica de Agua Salada, with colleagues from the UW School of Nursing, Family Practice residents and social workers.
Dr. Iverson remarked that being selected as Physician of the Year is a great honor and said that it “was only made possible by the excellent physicians, nurses and ancillary staff I have the privilege to work with. In turn, I wish to honor them.”
COMMUNITY LEADERS OF THE YEAR
Mike and Debbie Reid have given generously to the Casper community for many years. They have been involved in serving residents of Casper and numerous organizations both as a couple and individually.
Mike Reid is a native of Casper and has one daughter, Kelly. He is the owner of two businesses in Casper: American Pipe and Supply and Poplar Wine and Spirits and Vintage. He has served in our local government as a Casper City Councilman for nine years and as Casper mayor for two terms.
Service for our medical community has been a focus for Mike. He was a trustee board member of Memorial Hospital for three years and chairman of that board for two years. He was selected to join the Wyoming Medical Center Board. This encompassed an eight year commitment, including the final three years as Chairman of the Board. He has been a member of the Wyoming State Liquor Association for 10 years, serving as their board president for three years. Currently, Mike is the legislative board chairman of the Wyoming State Liquor Association.
Debbie has lived in Casper since 1976. She, too, has taken on many different roles in the community. She served two years as a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club and three years as a member of Toastmasters. Currently Debbie is a member of the United Way board, having just completed her first year. Debbie continues her third year as a member of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation board of directors and chairwoman of the Women of Vision Club. In addition, she has been active for 20 years in the Real Estate Industry.
She's owned Prestige Real Estate, LLC, for nine years.For the past 12 years, Debbie has been a coach/trainer for Mike Ferry International which trains the top 2 percent of all real estate agents in the U.S., Canada and internationally.
Mike and Debbie have been married for over 20 years and often work together at various functions. They provide all of the wine for our Foundation Gift of Health Gala each year, our quarterly Women of Vision meetings and Wine Experience events, our Donor Appreciation evening and many more gatherings. This list doesn’t include all of the other community events that they provide for, which are too numerous to list here.