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Good Shepherd Medical Center fundraiser supports educational program

By Special to the News-Journal
Oct. 6, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Good Shepherd's Foundation and the Good Shepherd Guild present the 29th annual Gold Rush fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring the theme "Pistols & Pearls." 

The event benefits Good Shepherd facility improvements that support the Graduate Medical Education program. "Pistols & Pearls" will be held at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, according to Cindy Jordan, development director for Good Shepherd.

Each year, the guild votes to support a needed service or project that is recommended from Good Shepherd. Since 1984, Gold Rush has netted more than $7.4 million and has played a vital role in the development and advancement of such services as the Heart Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Good Shepherd's Institute for Healthy Living, The Breast Center and Mobile Mammography Unit, the Perinatology Clinic and Women's Center, the Shepherd House, the Medical Simulation Center of East Texas and more, she said.

"We have been fortunate over the past 29 years to feel such strong support from the community for Gold Rush," Jordan said. "Funds raised through this year's event will benefit facility improvements that support Good Shepherd's newly developed Graduate Medical Education program.

In 2010, a partnership between Good Shepherd and University of Texas Health Science Center was formed to establish the Internal Medicine Residency, a division of Good Shepherd's Graduate Medical Education program, which will address the ever increasing shortage of primary care physicians in Texas and nationwide by expanding training opportunities in internal medicine, Jordan said.

With 18 new residents in 2012, significant facility improvements were needed. Gold Rush 2012 supports construction projects, including a brand new medicine clinic, various nurses' station expansions, a resident lounge and more, she said. Internal medicine residents will reside at Good Shepherd for three years, with each year welcoming a new class of 18 doctors. In just three years' time, Good Shepherd and the Longview community will be home to 54 medical residents.

The Medicine Clinic, staffed by Scott Hunter, MD and the Residents, offers a new point of access for anyone in need of a primary care physician; specialty services include family medicine and internal medicine. The physicians are accepting new patients by appointment or walk-in.

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted as well as private pay and cash. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call (903) 315-5600.

Gold Rush "Pistols & Pearls" also presents, for the first time, the Pegues Hurst Shootout-Reverse Raffle, sponsored by Pegues Hurst Ford of Longview.

Jordan said only 400 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Drawing for the car will take place Saturday and the winner need not be present to win.

For information about "Pistols & Pearls" or to purchase Gold Rush tickets or Pegues Hurst Shootout tickets, contact the Good Shepherd Foundation at (903) 315-5294.



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