THIBODAUX, LA – October 4, 2011 -- The Pink Glove Dance is spreading
to Thibodaux Regional Health System. More than 150 staff members at Thibodaux
Regional 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.
The competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., manufacturer
of the gloves and producer of the original Pink Glove Dance video.
As part of the contest, Thibodaux Regional’s video was posted on
www.pinkglovedance.com on October 3 along with the videos of the other participants to be viewed
by the public. Viewers can then 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. Thibodaux Regional
will dedicate the funds to the Bayou Region Affiliate, Susan G. Komen
for the Cure. The Bayou Region Affiliate is comprised of Assumption, Lafourche,
St. James, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes. Winners of the contest will
be announced October 28 on pinkglovedance.com. The original Pink Glove
Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Oregon
hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast
cancer awareness and prevention. Today the video has more than 13 million
views on YouTube® and has spawned hundreds of pink glove dance videos
and breast cancer awareness events across the country. Thibodaux Regional
participated in a sequel produced last October featuring 4,000 healthcare
workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America.
“Our staff was so excited and inspired to be part of the Pink Glove
Dance Video competition. We immediately wanted to get involved to help
make a difference at our facility, in our community and even around the
country,” said Toni Martinez, Marketing Director at Thibodaux Regional.
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.”
The song used in Thibodaux Regional’s video was Firework by Katy
Perry. An interesting side note is that the artist gave permission to
use this song specifically for the Pink Glove Dance competition.
Medline filmed the original Pink Glove Dance video at Providence St. Vincent
Medical Center in Portland, Ore., which quickly generated thousands of
responses, letters and e-mails from survivors, family and friends. It
has entertained and inspired laughter and, for many, it has evoked memories
of their own battle with breast cancer or experiences faced by loved ones.
“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.”
Why a Pink Glove Video Contest?
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
$800,000 to the NBCF to fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.
As a result of the original Pink Glove Dance video and the sequel videos,
Medline has received hundreds of calls from healthcare facilities, breast
cancer survivor groups, schools and other organizations throughout the
U.S. and Canada inquiring about participating in another video.
About Thibodaux Regional Health System
“The response we received has been overwhelming and heartwarming,”
said Sue MacInnes, Medline’s chief marketing officer. “We
were flooded with calls, e-mails and letters about the joy the videos
have brought, and people were asking if they could participate in another
video. We didn’t want to leave anyone out who wanted to be in a
Pink Glove Dance video, so we thought a competition could include everyone
who wanted to participate. All these videos from the competition will
help bring attention to breast cancer awareness and prevention.”
Thibodaux Regional Health System, a 185-bed acute care facility, provides
inpatient and outpatient care for the people of Lafourche and seven surrounding
parishes. Highly specialized services offered include Heart Surgery, Medical
and Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports
Medicine, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General, Laparoscopic, and
Bariatric Surgery, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Women’s Services,
Sleep Disorders, Behavioral Health, and Inpatient and Outpatient Physical
Rehabilitation Services. Nationally recognized for quality care and service,
Thibodaux Regional has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power
and Associates and has been honored with the Press Ganey Summit Award
for high levels of patient satisfaction. For more information, visit
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. Based in Mundelein, Ill., Medline
manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals,
extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies
and other markets.