NEW YORK, NY (October 2012) -- They weren’t dancing in the streets – but from the surgical suites and executive suite to the parking lot and the roof of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. More than 150 staff members at NYEE are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. The video was submitted to a national competition to determine the best Pink Glove Dance video of 2012. The second annual competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., manufacturer of the gloves and producer of the original Pink Glove Dance video.
As part of the Pink Glove Dance 2012 competition, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s video will be posted on www.pinkglovedance.com on October 12 along with the videos of the other participants to be viewed by the public. Viewers can vote on their favorite video (voting requires a Facebook® account). The top three winners receive a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. (NYEE has chosen SHARE.) The winners will be announced in November on pinkglovedance.com.
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“Once we saw the original video and all the ones from last year’s competition, we immediately wanted to get involved to help make a difference at our facility, in our community and even around the country,” said Christina Walker, RN, Nursing Care Coordinator of the hospital’s main surgical suite. “Our colleagues were excited and inspired to be part of our own Pink Glove Dance. It was not only a lot of fun to participate, but there was real satisfaction in raising awareness and discussion about breast cancer.”
The song used in The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s video was “Down” by Jay Sean. An interesting side note is that the artist gave permission to use this song specifically for the Pink Glove Dance competition.
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. Today, the video has more than 13.5 million views on YouTube® and has inspired hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country.
“As a way to extend our breast cancer awareness campaign, we developed a pink glove called Generation Pink™,” said Andy Mills, president of Medline. “Gloves are also the first point of contact between the healthcare worker and the patient. And, because the glove is pink, we hoped it would get people talking about breast cancer.”
Medline is donating a portion of each sale of the pink gloves to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). To date, Medline has donated more than $1 million to the NBCF to fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.
One of New York’s and the nation’s foremost specialized facilities, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all related diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, and throat as well elective cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in a state-of-the-art hospital with a caring and friendly environment. Founded in 1820, it is the first and longest operating specialty hospital in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 25,000 surgical cases and 225,000 outpatient visits per year, it is also one of the largest and busiest.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is regularly ranked as one of the Best Hospitals in America by US News & World Report. It has been awarded Magnet status for excellence in nursing care, and many of its medical staff are included in directories of “Top Doctors” in New York and America.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline is focused on helping to improve the quality of care for patients and residents. Breast cancer awareness is a natural extension of Medline’s corporate mission to help save lives through the early detection of breast cancer. (Visit www.medline.com/breast-cancer-awareness for details). Based in Mundelein, Ill., Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers and agencies and other markets.
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