The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 9, 2012

Carle places third in ‘glove dance’

STAFF REPORT
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The Carle Foundation placed third in Medline Industries, Inc.’s second annual national Pink Glove Dance video competition.

Carle’s video features more than 600 medical center staff, 50 departments and 12 breast cancer survivors, all dancing in pink gloves to Katy Perry’s hit song “Part of Me” in an effort to show that no one is alone in the fight against breast cancer.

Employees with Carle at the Fairchild and Vermilion sites in Danville were involved, as well.

The video was developed, coordinated and filmed in part by in-house hospital staff, with additional production from Shatterglass Studios.

Sponsored by Medline — the creator of the original Pink Glove Dance and maker of the pink gloves — the national competition included 270 video submissions from hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other organizations from 42 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. In all, more than 60,000 people were featured in the videos.

Provena United Samaritans Medical Center also submitted a video featuring dozens of employees and breast cancer survivors.

The song used in Provena’s video was “You Won’t Dance Alone” by The Best Day Ever. The artist gave permission to use this song specifically for the competition.

Cheryl Rotramel, Provena’s director of perioperative surgery, said the workers, including CEO Mike Brown, were excited and inspired to be part of the dance. “It was not only a lot of fun to participate, but the awareness and discussion about breast cancer we’re going to create from the video is the real satisfaction we’re hoping to take away from this experience,” she said in a press release.

For placing third in the competition, Medline will contribute $2,000 to Carle’s breast cancer research charity of choice, the local office of the American Cancer Society in Champaign.

“We appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research in our community, and are thrilled to have placed in this national competition,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and CEO of The Carle Foundation.

Determined by public online voting, Carle received almost 6,000 votes out of more than 200,000 votes cast during the three-week competition. To date, there have been more than 3.2 million views of all the videos in the competition, including more than 17,000 for Carle’s video.

Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C., won first place in the competition and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., earned second place.

The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Ore., hospital workers wearing Medline’s pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.

A sequel to the original video was produced in October 2010 featuring 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America. Then in 2011, a competition was held in which 139 teams and more than 21,000 participants submitted videos of their own versions of the Pink Glove Dance.

FYI

To view all of the entries, go to http://www.pinkglovedance.com