Rifle hospital participates in video dance contest for breast cancer awareness


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Grand River Hospital’s Pink Glove Dance entry may be viewed at pinkglovedance.com, where people also may cast votes if they have a Facebook account. Winners will be announced Oct. 28.

Everyone from doctors and nurses to file clerks and therapy dogs got into the act when Grand River Hospital in Rifle put together a video for a national competition promoting breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Pink hospital gloves, cowboy hats, balloons, hard hats, a pink guitar and even a pink toilet plunger also make appearances in the hospital’s Pink Glove Dance video, which has been entered in a competition sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc.

The competition was spawned by a 2009 video that the medical supply company produced, and featured 200 Portland, Ore., hospital workers dancing and wearing pink gloves made by Medline. That video has been viewed 13 million times on YouTube and spawned hundreds of other videos and breast cancer awareness events.

More than 135 videos have been entered in the competition, whose winners will be decided by public voting. The top three winners will receive a donation to a breast cancer charity of their choice. If Grand River wins, $10,000 would go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Grand River spokeswoman Annick Pruett said that while not all of them made it into the final cut, 139 people participated in filming the Grand River video, including volunteers from virtually every department and community members. Physical therapist Tom Barbata stepped up to put his “closet videographer” skills to use, she said. Lindsay Jacox, who works in the mammography department, agreed to play a starring role. She walks through the hospital to cast a pink spell on various employees who find themselves bedecked in various pink apparel and dance to the music of Katy Perry’s “Firework.”

Hospital chief executive officer Jim Coombs makes an appearance, as do doctors including Henry Kiang, who Pruett said attempts “Saturday Night Fever” moves, and Kevin Coleman, who favors a hula dance.

Young members of the ArtillumA Dance Company in Rifle join in, while dogs and their human partners from Rifle’s Pet Therapy Group display a leashed line dance.

And plant operations employee Bill DesOrmeau is something of a scene-stealer with his act involving the plunger he painted pink.

“We just call him Plunger Dude now,” Pruett said.

The video concludes with a poignant moment involving eight, pink-umbrella-toting cancer survivors, including Connie Wilmot, who works in materials management at the hospital.

“It felt like being raised up by a large group,” she said of her hospital co-workers’ supportive participation in the video.

“All the way from the top of the administration to the physicians to the housekeepers, everyone was enthusiastic and involved. It was incredible.”


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