By Michaela Gibson Morris
Dr. Wayne Slocum will put himself on the line Aug. 12 for the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic.
The Tupelo obstetrician-gynecologist will be the guest of honor at the clinic’s 12th annual roast and toast. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at The Summit in Tupelo.
“It’s for a great cause,” said Slocum, who will be the target of remarks by his friends Reed Hillen, Scott Reed and Pat Caldwell.
“They’re people who really know how to tell a story,” Slocum said. “I picked those three because no one would take them seriously.”
The money raised through the roast covers roughly a third of the operating costs for the clinic that cares for working Lee County residents who don’t make enough money to access health care. Doctors, nurses and community members volunteer their time to care for patients at the Good Samaritan Clinic.
“It allows us to continue all of the programs and free medication assistance programs,” said Cindy Sparks, the clinic’s executive director.
Slocum, a native of New Orleans who joined OB-GYN Associates in 1987, follows in a line of physicians who made a vocation of community service. One of the senior partners, the late Dr. Walter Bourland, was the Good Samaritan’s first medical director. The roast is named in honor of the work Bourland and his late wife Tommie did to support the clinic.
Along with Dr. Swan Burrus and the late Dr. P.K. Thomas, the senior physicians made it clear a young doctor’s responsibilities went beyond the walls of the clinic and hospital.
“We had to give back to the community,” Slocum remembered. “It wasn’t just about taking, it was about giving.”
Through the years, Slocum and his partners have all seen Good Samaritan patients in the Magazine Street clinic and in their offices for more advanced care.
“We’re appreciative of the opportunity to give back,” Slocum said.
• What: Dr. Walter and Tommie Bourland Annual Roast
• Benefiting: Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic
• When: Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner
• Where: The Summit on North Gloster Street, Tupelo
• Tickets: $100 per person; available through Aug. 1
• More information: Call Good Samaritan Free Clinic at (662) 844-3733