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The staff at Carroll County Memorial Hospital accepted the nationwide Pink Glove Dance challenge and has produced a 90-second video featuring employees there to help raise breast cancer awareness.
And they want their submission to win the Pink Glove contest.
The video is one of about 170 in the small hospital category that will be featured on the Pink Glove Dance website at www.pinkglovedance.com and part of the competition that would bring national recognition to the winner, along with a donation of $10,000 to their favorite charity.
CCMH Diagnostic Imaging Manager Jill Sachleben, who coordinated the video project, said the local hospital group had to raise more than $2,000 for its charity to qualify for the competition. CCMH team members chose Relay for Life and raised $3,754 for the 2014 Relay for Life event.
Voting on the videos will open nationwide beginning Sept. 9.Once the hospital learns the website link, Sachleben said she will spread the word so everyone can vote.
To vote, Sachleben said it requires a valid email address. People can vote once per day for each of their email addresses to show support for the CCMH team, which took the name the Carroll County Memorial Hospital Pink Warriors.
Sachleben said everyone wanted to take part in the event, which is sponsored by healthcare supplies provider Medline, to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
“We thought it was important to participate in this this year,” she said. The staff wanted to draw attention to breast cancer prevention now that the new digital mammography machine has been installed at the hospital.
The video was produced this summer, with the hospital’s information technology manager Michael Dugnan putting it together.
Sachleben said the video includes a large number of staff members at the hospital, including the chief executive officer and chief financial officer dancing with a gorilla.
At least one person from each department at CCMH is in the video, she said.
It was shot in four segments, which Dugnan put together to the song, “The Best Day of My Life,” by The American Authors. Under the rules, this was one of seven songs the team had to choose from for their video.
“It was a lot of fun,” Sachleben said.
Voting will take place between Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. The Pink Glove Dance website says the winner will then be announced Oct. 2.
The competition sponsor, Medline, is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of its pink gloves and other pink Medline produces to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2005, Medline has committed more than $1.2 million to NBCF to help fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them and to other educational and prevention programs.
This is the fourth year for the Pink Glove Dance contest, but the first time CCMH has participated. Sachleben said the University of Kentucky won in the large hospital category last year.
The website link for CCMH Pink Warriors will be published in The News-Democrat and on the newspaper’s Facebook page in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit the website at www.pinkglovedance.com.