Recently visitors to Grant Memorial Hospital may notice that more and more employees are wearing pink gloves. Joyce Dayton, purchasing department manager, said it all started last October when she got information from a glove company about their line of pink exam gloves and their support of breast cancer awareness.
"It was too late to participate in their October breast cancer awareness campaign," Dayton said. "We decided to order the gloves anyway and let the departments decide when and where they want to use pink gloves as a reminder to others of the importance of early detection. Every department is now using more of the pink gloves, from housekeeping to our nursing floors."
The Generation Pink exam glove line from Medline includes a vinyl glove, a nitrile glove and the new Pink Pearl (nitrile glove with aloe).
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS — From left, Grant Memorial Hospital Mammography Technologist Michele Eye, and Cindy Shreve and Delmas Alt, from the housekeeping department, show their support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink gloves.
"They also have a complete line of latex and latex-free products featuring patented 3G and aloe technologies with most of them in pink," she said
For every 1,000 pink gloves sold, Dayton said Medline donates $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their free mammogram program. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win the monumental battle against breast cancer.
"The pink gloves that our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key," Dayton said. "Mammography screening remains the single-most effective method of detecting breast cancer in an early, treatable stage. If all women received regular screenings and mammograms after turning 40, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent. With our new digital mammography in place, we hope to see more women come to the hospital to take advantage of our new state-of-the art mammography equipment.
"We encourage women to call Grant Memorial Hospital for more information about our digital mammography screening program and for more information about the Medline pink exam glove program, go to www.medline.com/pink-glove," she said. "While online you may want to check out The Pink Glove Dance Sequel that was launched on the September 2010 ABC World News Tonight program."
The dance sequel can be seen at www.pinkglovedance.com.