Local hospitals come together to honor healthcare workers, first responders

TULSA, Okla. — One hundred people gathered to stand in support of healthcare workers and first responders at a “Light up the Sky” event Tuesday night.

Hillcrest HealthCare Systems, Ascension St. John and St. Francis Health Systems came together to illuminate their buildings with blue lights as a way to pay tribute to staff members that have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will began with a flyover across the area with two retired military fighter pilots at 7:45 p.m. The planes will fly over multiple Ascension St. John locations and St. Francis Health System. Then there will be an outdoor prayer service for healthcare workers and first responders at Ascension St. John hospital at 8 p.m.

In addition to physicians and faith leaders, the event included guest speakers: State Sens. John Haste and Julie Daniels, TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist, Tulsa Fire Chief Michael Baker and Dr. Bruce Dart with Tulsa’s health department.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Tulsa Police Chief Mark Ohnesorge. “I don’t think there’s any part of the city or community that hasn’t been touched by this pandemic.”

He continued, “And to know that police officers are going out and continually risking their lives, but the people in the hospital — the nurses, the doctors, everyone — who’s touching this pandemic everyday … it’s really incredible to see the community come together and show support like this.”