Hospital staff dance in pink gloves to win cash 0
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Although the dance moves might need a little more work and the lip-syncing may be questionable, staff at a Vancouver hospital are still hoping their self-produced music video will earn them badly needed new work equipment.
The Pink Glove Dance Video contest — which runs until Nov. 2 — features more than 200 Mount Saint Joseph hospital employees performing before the cameras in an effort to win the final $10,000 needed for a new mammography machine.
MSJ is the province’s busiest breast surgical centre, but the hospital has been relying on a single diagnostic tool for over a year after retiring an analogue machine that reached the end of its life.
“This (new) machine can have an impact in many women’s lives and the sooner we can get it up and running, the sooner women can benefit,” said hospital radiologist Dr. Zina Kellow. She added the hospital’s Tapestry Foundation has already raised $645,000 towards the new device, and now needs Metro Vancouverites to place their votes at pinkglovedance.com.
Dr. Tamara Younger — who helped organize the two-day video shoot featuring departments ranging from the intensive-care unit to laundry services — said the fact the hospital had little difficulty recruiting so many employees shows how important the machine is to them.
“MSJ is great because not a lot of people need a lot of convincing to participate in these things.”