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Busy hospital workers dance to raise breast cancer awareness



Why would perfectly sane and incredibly busy hospital workers agree to dance in a YouTube video viewed around the world? The short answer is to get people talking about breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer death. To help raise this awareness, Renown Health filmed and submitted a video entry for the 2011 national Pink Glove Dance competition where prize money will be donated to a breast cancer charity of its choice. Renown was the only hospital in the state to submit a video.

Voting for the competition is from Oct. 3 – 21. Individuals from across the country will need to visit www.pinkglovedance.com to vote for the Renown Health video.

The top three winners of the competition will receive donations in the amounts of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place. If Renown Health wins, it plans to donate the prize money to the Renown Health Foundation Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, which helps educate, screen, treat and prevent breast cancer for women living in northern Nevada.

Medline produced the original Pink Glove Dance video to raise breast cancer awareness two years ago. The video has generated more 13 million views on YouTube and inspired countless pink glove dance videos and events around the world. Last year, the organization created a sequel featuring more than 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors. This year, the organization hosted an online nationwide competition to find the best Pink Glove Dance video. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools and anyone in the U.S. and Canada who wanted to organize a group of people, could produce and submit their own Pink Glove Dance video.

“Renown’s Pink Glove Dance video submission was done to complement the skill, expertise and technology that our healthcare network provides and highlights our commitment to our patients,” said Bobbi Gillis, RN, CBCB, BSN, breast health nurse navigator and Breast Program coordinator at Renown Institute for Cancer. “Given our continuous efforts to reach new levels of excellence and care for cancer patients, this video is a fun way to acknowledge our commitment, teamwork and collaboration to exceed national standards.”

Earlier this year, Renown Institute for Cancer earned a three-year accreditation with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The breast cancer accreditation makes Renown Health the only healthcare network in the region to retain all three cancer accreditations including the region’s first and only Radiation Oncology Accreditation (ACR-RO), earned earlier this year in January, and the region’s first Comprehensive Cancer Program Accreditation (ACoS CoC), which the institute has held for more than 23 years.

These three accreditations are the most any cancer program of this size can attain in the region.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

In addition to being the region’s only nationally accredited cancer center in three disciplines, Renown also offers the region’s only TomoTherapy program, which applies therapeutic radiation to treat tumors with 3-D imaging daily and improved precision. When TomoTherapy was installed in November of 2008, only two percent of hospitals nation-wide had the technology.

Other types of treatment include 3-D conformal; Image Guided Radiation Therapy; Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy; Stereotactic Radiosurgery; Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy; High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for breast, GYN and Prostate and Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy, commonly performed for prostate cancer.

About Renown Institute for Cancer

Renown Institute for Cancer has been the region’s first hospital recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for comprehensive cancer care for more than 23 years. Only 25 percent of hospitals nationwide meet the Commission’s rigorous standards.

Renown Institute for Cancer is the largest healthcare provider in the area conducting clinical trials with the National Cancer Institute. Clinical trials allow patients to be on leading trends in medicine and often times they become involved in that “next big discovery” for cancer treatments. Leading northern Nevada in cancer research, Renown Institute for Cancer has administered more than 135 trials to 870 participants.

Whether individuals have been referred, are currently receiving treatment or are seeking a second opinion, they can make an appointment at Renown Institute for Cancer anytime. The team of skilled professionals brings expertise and comprehensive resources to patient care. For general inquiries, contact 775-982-6830 or visit www.renown.org/cancer.

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