By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON —
The Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Foundation is gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Foundation will host a New Year’s Eve Gala December 31st from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the new facility. The Gala celebrates the new year, as well as completion of more than 30 months of construction on the new hospital, information states.
Bruce Flanigan, vice president of fund development at Good Samaritan, said foundation members are excited for the unique event, which is expected to draw more than 450 people.
“We won’t be able to do this any other time except for this year,” Flanigan said.
The Gala will feature dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction and musical entertainment from the World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Guided tours of the new hospital will take place starting at 8 p.m., and show visitors features like the all-private patient rooms, expanded ER, as well as locations normally off-limits to the public, including surgery operating rooms and catheterization labs.
Attendees will be some of the first to see the hospital’s fireplace-furnished patient areas, ornate stained glass chapel window and numerous other exciting locations.
“We’ve been blessed with remarkable support for this event, as well as the construction of the new hospital from throughout Southern Illinois,” Flanigan said.
A special toast will be given at 11:50 p.m. to commemorate the New Year and new hospital. At midnight, a fireworks display will ring in the New Year.
“The new hospital represents a new era as we raise the bar for health care in the region,” said Mike Warren, president of the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. “What better way to celebrate this exciting time of new beginnings than with a New Year’s Gala?”
Tickets are $150 per person and all proceeds support the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Foundation. Formal attire is encouraged. For ticket information call the Foundation office at 241-2326. Tickets will be available until Thursday, Dec. 20, Flanigan said.
The new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center is located on Veterans Memorial Drive, adjacent to the new interchange for I-57 and I-64. The five-floor hospital holds 134 beds, 8 observation beds, all-private rooms and numerous advanced patient safety features. The hospital also includes greatly expanded Emergency Care services, Women’s Center and a Procedure Center.