Hospitals get their dance on

MUSC employees practice their dance in the main lobby of Ashley River Tower for their part in Medline's Pink Glove Dance competition. (Sarah Bates/MUSC)

Want to see some local nurses, doctors and hospital staffs get their pink-gloved grooves on? Even better, you can judge how well they shake and shimmy to a favorite pop song.

And it's all in good fun to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention.

Pink Glove Dance videos feature hospital staffs nationwide displaying their best dance moves, often in scrubs or business suits, and always with pink surgical gloves. The message: Despite the suffering that breast cancer inflicts, it's also something that can be beaten, both through medicine and attitude.

Participating hospitals submit Pink Glove Dance videos to one of several approved songs. Starting today, the public can go to to vote online for their favorite videos (voters need a Facebook account). Voting ends Oct. 26. Winners will be announced Nov. 2.

This is the second annual Pink Glove Dance contest. Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia won first place last year. Now, two local hospitals are hoping to unseat their Midlands rival and bring the pink crown home to the Lowcountry.

The Medical University of South Carolina videotaped several hundred employees throughout the hospital system, including the local Dragon Boat ladies rowing and MUSC's pet therapy dogs, to Katy Perry's song, “Part of Me.”

The video “created joy and laughter as we brought together staff from all areas of the hospital, including those who may be struggling with a new cancer diagnosis or a fellow survivor who is struggling with long-term effects of cancer treatment or disease,” said Marilyn J. Schaffner, administrator for clinical services and MUSC Medical Center's chief nursing officer.

Trident Health System submitted a video to “Evacuate the Dance Floor” by Cascada.

“We performed the Pink Glove Dance to share our passion for spreading the word on breast cancer awareness,” said Rochelle Elayda, a nurse at the Trident Breast Care Center who led the project.

The top three video winners nationwide will receive donations in their name to a breast cancer charity of their choice. Winners receive $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second and $2,000 for third.

Pink Glove Dances began two years ago when Medline, which manufactures and distributes medical products, produced the original video to raise breast cancer awareness. Since then, that video has received 13 million views on You Tube and inspired a new round of videos.

Last year, Medline created a sequel featuring 4,000 medical workers and breast cancer survivors from Times Square in New York to San Francisco.

Now, Medline has expanded the contest in which hospitals, nursing homes, schools and others nationwide can participate. Last year, 139 organizations participated.