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A nurse’s Halloween costume has launched an investigation at Saint Luke’s Health System.
The woman, a nurse with Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, was seen on Facebook wearing blackface, dressed as Beyonce. The man next to her is dressed as Jay Z.
Saint Luke’s said that it learned about this Monday and immediately started an investigation. On Tuesday, the hospital announced the nurse no longer works there.
The health system issued the following statement:
“On Monday afternoon, Saint Luke’s Health System became aware of a Saint Luke’s East Hospital employee who posted photos on personal social media accounts of her and another individual dressed in blackface for what appears to be a Halloween event. This information was shared with appropriate health system personnel and an investigation was initiated immediately.”
“While it is against Saint Luke’s policy to comment on specific personnel matters, we can confirm that this individual is no longer a Saint Luke’s employee. Saint Luke’s is deeply committed to our culture of diversity and inclusion. It is fundamental to who we are as an organization and we vigorously protect it on behalf of all our patients and employees and expect those who represent us to do the same.”