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Some tickets are still available for Saline Memorial Health Foundation's Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner scheduled Thursday night.
This year's event is a memorial tribute to two Saline Memorial Hospital physicians, Dr. Melissa Dockery and Dr. Brian Sudderth.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.
Activities will begin at 6 with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tributes to the deceased doctors will follow.
Tickets are $50 each or $400 per table of eight. Dress is business casual attire.
Call 501-776-6746 to reserve seats or tables.
The tribute for Dr. Dockery will be given by her brother, Stansel Harvey, a former chief executive officer of Saline Memorial.
Harvey said he is pleased to be returning to speak about his sister.
â€śMelissa elevated the level of care in the Emergency Department to where it is today," he said. "I arrived at SMH in 1986, and it was a strong community hospital. Being able to be a part of setting a new direction was a great experience. Being invited back to talk about my sister is a treat."
He noted the combined years of commitment from his family to Saline Memorial.
â€śIf you include my 10 and Melissaâ€™s 20, our family spent over 30 years investing into the hospital," he said. "Iâ€™m very proud of where it is today.â€ť
The tribute to Sudderth will be given by one of his friends and colleagues, Dr. Sam Taggart.
â€śI will frame my remarks around 'A Portrait of a Friend,'" Taggart said.
"Brian was a friend to everyone he met, regardless of their station in life. He was one of the most accepting people I have ever known. He had a strong desire to be someone who made a difference in life.
"One of his often repeated slogans was: 'Work hard, play hard, be joyful and compassionate.'"