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Dirty Dash had us digging deep

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We are strong believers in the concept of “a team that plays together stays together.” Oak Street Medical sponsors a lot of events and activities that build camaraderie, in addition to strengthening, energizing, and building strong relationships that support our values, mission and goals.

We have a positive and affirming work culture that increases employee commitment and encourages continuous improvement. For example, Dr. Kraig Jacobson sponsors rafting trips, attendance at locally produced Broadway plays, mail boat runs, marathons, seasonal get-togethers and educational trips to build staff expertise.

Our most recent event with coworkers and family members was the Dirty Dash. It was the first of its kind in Eugene and, according to event organizers, a huge success. The event was held at Mt. Pisgah at Howard Buford Recreation Area. Racers traveled over four miles of mud pits, walls, cargo nets, slip ‘n’ slides, crawl-through tubes, mud hills and many other obstacles. Not only did our bodies benefit (and gain a few sore muscles!), but many local charities benefited as well.

The Oak Street Medical Dirty Dash Team
Our team consisted of staff members: clinical staff, administration and physicians. It was a great way to be kids again. Not only did we play in the mud, but Drs. Andrew Gilchrist and Sarah Kehl slung mud and encouraged team members to climb over the walls, rather than go around them. I was so glad to see our physicians encouraging our staff to not take short cuts, but to give 100 percent!

Our clinical staff members were always there to assist when a teammate was in need. Our motto at the beginning of the race was “one for all and all for one” – then we heard the word “Go!” As we approached the first obstacle, we went through a big cloud of dust. Emerging from the dust, we hurdled over a large stack of hay bails. As many of us reached this mountain of hay we reached out to say, “I need a hand!” I was oozing with joy to see we had implemented the very team spirit we had worked so hard on during our team meetings. What a great team!

Just when you think you’re reaching the end of the course and your legs are feeling like rubber, you see three big mud pits with your team members all waiting to help you through. When some realized they couldn’t stand up and walk through the muck, teammates offered a solution – crawl your way out! I was never so pleased to see us solve problems together!

If you were not muddy enough by then, there were friends standing by (namely our CEO Betty Evans) to ensure that everyone was covered from head to toe in mud. We all looked like a uniformed team ready to tackle whatever was thrown our way.

At the end of the day
This was really not a race but a way to have fun, let yourself go and to build memories. Participating taught us to stay positive, improve our communication, and focus on our strengths. Thank you to our wonderful physicians, especially Drs. Kraig and Kirk Jacobson, and staff members who continue to provide us these opportunities. Next year, we hope to see all of our staff members out there – and you, as well!

A team-builder and problem-solver, Tammy Rather is part of the team that plans and implements operational activities, facility improvements, administrative programs, systems and policies. She brings to the position proven leadership abilities, as well as team building and personnel management skills. As customer service liaison, she has an open-door policy with patients and employees. She joined the team in June 2008.