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Published on June 01, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Fast

On May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m., the River Inn banquet hall was the site of a community-wide celebration honoring Dr. William Fast, who retired from Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital on April 28.

Dr. Fast

William Fast, MD

Guests were invited to join the Fast family to thank him for his many years of dedication and service and to wish him well in his retirement, and that they did.

Just before 5 o'clock, Dr. Fast and his wife, Ginger, arrived, along with their two sons, Cameron and Spencer, and their families, including many grandchildren. Daughter Michelle, who lives in Florida, was unable to attend as she recently welcomed a baby boy into the world.

Guests of the event consisted of co-workers and colleagues, friends, family members and patients—including a handful of individuals who were delivered by Dr. Fast. Most notably, Dr. and Mrs. Mueller, who are arguably the reason the Fast's chose Boscobel so many years ago, were able to be in attendance.

Gundersen Boscobel CEO David Hartberg took the opportunity to express his thanks to Dr. Fast for his nearly 40 years of service to the Boscobel community: "We have been blessed to have Dr. Fast caring for the people of this community for so many years." Hartberg was followed by Gundersen Boscobel Foundation President Jerry Berge, who expressed his gratitude as well: "They love this community, they're staying here, that's great." The final speaker was Dr. Kurt Wilhelm, "Bill has been my colleague, friend…and mentor," he stated. "He will be missed."

Dr. and Mrs. Fast expressed their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support at the party from family, friends, patients, colleagues, co-workers and the community in general who came to the party to greet them in their retirement, congratulate them, say thank you and wish them well in the future.

The party was staffed by more than 20 volunteers from GBAHC, led by Clinic Manager Deb Randall, who assisted Amy Kenney and Eric Swan in planning the event since she perhaps knows Dr. Fast best. "It was a great event. It was our opportunity to thank and honor Dr. Fast for his years of commitment to community," she commented.

The Fast's look forward to continuing to enjoy their retirement and meeting their newest grandson, followed by a much-deserved trip to Europe to cruise down the Danube River.

Dr. Fast concluded, "I'd like to thank people. The patients have been good to me. They have iven me a lifetime of joy, for which I am forever grateful."

That gratitude is reciprocated. "In no way have we ever taken for granted the skill, continuity and longevity of the career Dr. Fast has provided to this hospital and community," said David Hartberg, Gundersen Boscobel CEO. "I am extremely honored to have called Dr. Fast a colleague and partner in the delivery of care to this community for these past 5 years."

If you see Dr. or Mrs. Fast, please be sure to extend your appreciation for their longstanding service to the Boscobel and surrounding communities. The marquee in front of the River Inn summed it up best: Thank you, Dr. Fast."

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