It’s not every day that you see people dancing through the halls at Good Shepherd Hospital. It’s not every day that you find hospital doctors, nurses and staff wearing pink gloves and feather boas to work. But they’ve been up to something over at the hospital here in Barrington and, when I saw what it was, it gave me goosebumps. It’s a video of about 100 Good Shepherd Hospital employees, wearing pink and dancing to Firework, one of my favorite Katy Perry songs. Who knew so many of our local healthcare providers double as dancing divas!?!
They created the video to win a dance competition and it’s a major feat in choreographed camaraderie executed by employees, men and women, from just about every department at the hospital.
From the hospital’s president, Karen Lambert, to its housekeepers, from its doctors to its paramedics, there’s no sign of stage fright over wearing wacky pink accessories while grooving to the beat.
They’re bringing out the boogie in hospital beds, at their desks and through the hospital halls. NOW IT’S OUR TURN to help them dance their way to winning a top prize. Read on to watch their video and cast your vote…
The Pink Glove Dance Competition is sponsored by Mundelein-based medical supply company, Medline, and there are three top prizes for the videos that receive the most votes. The first, second and third place winners will receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,000 to go to the breast cancer charity of their choice. If Good Shepherd wins, the prize will go to our local chapter of Y-ME, a national organization committed to helping prevent breast cancer and supporting women with the disease. Are you ready to see a bunch of Barrington doctors, nurses, administrators, housekeepers and cooks cut a rug in the name of fighting cancer? They put the whole thing together in about a month with the help of a dance choreographer who works at the hospital and, believe me, you’ll want to crank up the volume!
The RN Manager of Good Shepherd Hospital’s Breast Care Center, Charlotte Dioguardi, says the money will have a big impact locally, if their video wins. “Our Y-ME breast cancer support group that meets at the hospital monthly makes a big difference in their lives. It brings these women together, gives them someone that can talk their language and connects them with others they can share their story with.”
And even if Good Shepherd’s video doesn’t win, Dioguardi believes the project is already advancing the cause. “The whole thing was a lot of fun to do, but a lot of people have come up to me and said, ‘I’m a survivor.’ They’ve said things like, ‘I need to get my mammogram.’ This video is a way for people to talk about their breast cancer experience and it’s a reminder for women to get their yearly mammogram, which isn’t something to be afraid of because most of it is curable.”
The voting began on October 3rd, winners will be announced on October 28th and you can click HERE and sort by “most votes” to track the contest leaderboard. So here go. If you haven’t voted already, let’s show these good sports a little Barrington and spread the word to help them come out on top.