TULSA — Caring for cancer patients takes skill, dedication, and heart during procedures, tests, and treatments. On Tuesday, doctors, nurses, and staff members at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa briefly turned that focus to fun to care for their community, too.
They call it “Slimetime!” It is a day of sliming colleagues and egg bashing to support a good cause: the United Way of Tulsa and its 59 community programs.
"What we do here is deliver the ‘Mother Standard of Care’ to our patients and caregivers, and we want to show that same level of compassion and hope to our community outside the walls of the hospital," said Jessica Weeks, Community Relations Specialist at CTCA-Tulsa.
The staff spent weeks raising money for the United Way of Tulsa and its 59 community programs. They donated money for the chance to slime Douglas Kelly, MD; Susan Brown, RN, Care Manager; Tammy Holden, Chief Nursing Officer; and Traci Offutt, stakeholder.
The crowd of colleagues shouted out the countdown: "3, 2, 1” and then erupted in cheers as a bucket of green slime was dumped over the head of Jay Foley, President, and Chief Executive Officer, CTCA-Tulsa. He agreed to be slimed, and even taped to a post, for donations.
"CTCA loves our community, and we'll do anything for United Way," Jay Foley said while green slime oozed through his hair and over the tape that held him to the post. Employees rushed to take selfies with their CEO in the picture, which is a sight sure to show up repeatedly on social media.
Since their focus is on caring for patients and providing life-saving treatment every day, many agreed the “Slimetime!” event provided a nice breather and a chance to laugh and have fun while supporting their community.
Together, the staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa met their goal of $40,000.
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