Bingo: If It’s Important to Our Patients
What does a spirited game of bingo have to do with Caris’ signature “Three Most Important Things” program? Or the role our Caris caregivers play in the lives of the patients we’re privileged to care for?
Because if it’s important to our patients, if it’s important to their friends and neighbors at the nursing center, then it’s important to us. And for many of the Caris patients who call a nursing center home, bingo often ranks as one of their Three Most Important Things. The socialization, the friendly-but-serious competition, the snacks, the prizes, the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of a close loss—all contribute greatly to quality of life for nursing center residents.
So in tribute to tour nursing center patients, Caris South Carolina employees gathered after their Employee Appreciation and Awards banquet for “Big Hat Bingo.” Big Hat Bingo is similar to the highly competitive bingo played in nursing centers, —except participants are encouraged to wear a big, and sometimes outlandish, hat.
Senior Vice President of Operations Brad Rector, President and COO Paul Saylor, Vice President of Finance Alan Seviers and Founder and CEO Norman McRae eagerly wait for the calling of the bingo numbers.
“Each year at the Employee Appreciation and Awards Banquet we try to think of creative ways to team build and encourage fellowship among the offices,” explained Brooks Epting, South Carolina Regional Support Manager. “This year I felt like Big Hat Bingo would be perfect,” she added.
“Many of our employees play bingo with our patients, so I thought this could also give them the opportunity to sharpen their bingo skills for when they are out visiting with our patients and their families.” she said with a smile.
“I am proud of the hard work from the Caris South Carolina region,” noted Tammy Everette, South Carolina Regional Director of Operations. “Providing end-of-life care is rewarding, but very serious. I was glad to see Caris employees gathered in one room having fun and enjoying each other’s company.”