Thursday, October 6, 2011

Loyola Staff Strut their Stuff for a Good Cause in a Pink Glove Dance Video

Vote for Loyola’s Video to Support Breast Cancer Research

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Not since the likes of Fame, Flashdance or Fred Astaire has the Chicago area seen such dancing talent as is showcased in Loyola University Health System’s new Pink Glove Dance video. This video is part of the Pink Glove Dance phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.

Loyola and several other hospitals have entered an online competition to find the hospital with the best video. The goal of the competition is to raise awareness for breast cancer. The winner, which will be announced Friday, Oct. 28, will receive $10,000 for a breast cancer charity of their choice. To vote for Loyola’s video visit: through Friday, Oct. 21. Voters must “Like” the video on Facebook to cast their vote.

“Loyola employees were thrilled to be a part of the Pink Glove Dance craze,” said Jackie Kareb, MS, RN, nurse manager, Department of Home Care and Hospice at Loyola. “They had fun dancing for a good cause to get more people talking about breast cancer.”

Loyola nurses, physicians, breast cancer researchers and staff from across the health system came together to choreograph and rehearse before filming and submitting the video at the end of September.

If Loyola is selected as the winner, the organization will put the funding toward breast cancer research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Oncology Institute.

The Oncology Institute supports basic science research in cancer and provides the structure to coordinate and integrate a truly multidisciplinary approach to cancer research and clinical care.

The Pink Glove Dance movement began two years ago when the original video was produced by a selection of hospitals across the country. That video has generated more than 13 million views on YouTube and has inspired a sequel along with countless other Pink Glove Dance videos across the country.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.