Hospital gala to have Masquerade Ball theme

The annual St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation Gala is set for 6 p.m. on March 7 in the hospital’s cafeteria. This year’s event, with a Masquerade Ball theme, is raising money for the purchase of a second ultrasound machine for the Women’s Clinic.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and a live auction of artwork created by Dr. Patricia Miller, OB/GYN at the Women’s Clinic. Guests can dance to the music of the seven-piece band Twice on Sunday of Kansas City.

A second ultrasound machine would make the Women’s Clinic an even more viable choice for expectant mothers in southwest Kansas.

Dr. Kimberly West estimates that 40 percent of the pre-natal patients at the Women’s Clinic could be involved in a high-risk pregnancy – the type that requires more frequent sonograms. with an increasing number of high-risk patients requiring them weekly, one machine and technician can’t meet the demand.

“We would like to be able to offer our patients better access to ultrasound testing to reassure patients, and their physician, that their baby is doing just fine,” Dr. West said.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at The Nook gift shop at St. Catherine or online at