Saturday, October 1, 2016

Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center 3rd Place Finish Awards $4,500 to Francine's Friends

Drumroll, PLEASE — it's official! — Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center Win 3rd Place in the 6th Annual National Pink Glove Dance Competition, bringing this year's fundraising total to $4,500 for Francine's Friends.

Videographer & Editor Clay Stahlka, Byron Health Center CEO Deb Lambert, Francine’s Friends board vice president Glynda Harris, Breast Diagnostic Center Director Marita Dwight-Smith and Byron Health Center Director of Marketing & Public Relations John Drebenstedt were all on hand for the official announcement on September 30th at Byron Health Center.

This is the third year in a row that Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center have participated in the Pink Glove Dance video competition, and the second time to place 3rd and garner the additional funds.

Thanks to all who helped ROCK THE VOTE and to our wonderful FRIENDS at Medline, Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center for selecting Francine's Friends as the charity of choice!

Visit to view Byron Health Center’s winning video.

Click here to see some behind-the-scenes shots of the making of this year's Pink Glove Video.

Read more of the official press release from Byron Health Center below:

Fort Wayne, IN – 2016 marks the sixth year that the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition has united dancers nationwide, including healthcare professionals, breast cancer patients and survivors to celebrate and raise awareness for those still fighting – all through the joy of dance.  The votes are in and Medline announced today that Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center have won 3rd place in the small-bed category of the competition.

Determined by public online voting, Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center received 5,080 votes, and has won a $2,500 donation from Medline to the breast cancer charity of its choice, Francine’s Friends, which provides mobile mammography screening and follow-up services to women in northeast Indiana. Furthermore, as part of the organization’s fundraising efforts during the competition, an additional $2,000 was raised for the charity.

This is the third year in a row that Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center have participated in the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition, winning 3rd place in both 2014 and 2016.  Byron Health Center CEO Deb Lambert, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor, invited Francine’s Friends to Byron Health Center so employees could be tested for breast cancer. This helped detect breast cancer is one of the employees. To create the video, 50 people, including staff and community members danced while sporting Medline’s pink exam gloves to celebrate hope for a cure for breast cancer, as well as honor those who have been affected by the disease.

 “We are so very thankful for all of those that voted, helping us to win 3rd place again and another $2,500 for Francine’s Friends,” said Lambert.  “These funds will allow at least 25 more people to receive mammogram services free of charge, helping to possibly detect breast cancer earlier and lead to more successful treatment.”

“Congratulations to Byron Health Center for putting together such an amazing video that has grabbed the attention of thousands of people from around the country,” said Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer, Medline. “It is Medline’s unified mission to eradicate breast cancer. The Pink Glove Dance competition provides communities with an organized event that supports everyone who’s been touched by breast cancer. Their participation has helped make a significant impact in providing breast cancer related charities with the essential resources they need to carry out education and prevention initiatives.”

Byron Health Center, Breast Diagnostic Center and Francine’s Friends mobile mammography would like to thank all those that made the filming possible including Clay Stahlka among others for their unrelenting support of the project.

History of Medline’s Pink Glove Dance
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from green to pink and launched an aggressive breast cancer education campaign to help take the scary out of detection exams and remind nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with their patients.  A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition, bringing together nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the disease through the joy of dancing.  More than 20 million YouTube® views later, the Medline Pink Glove Dance competition has inspired more than 1,000 dance videos and raised nearly  $2.5 million for breast cancer prevention and free mammograms for women in need through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and other charitable organizations across the country.

About Byron Health Center
Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services which meet the needs of both young and older adults.  Each resident is recognized as an individual with unique needs who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential.  Byron Health Center and Byron Residential Center continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents.  Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Byron Residential Center provides services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.

About Breast Diagnostic Center
At the Breast Diagnostic Center, we are committed to providing the highest quality breast imaging services.  We want you to feel well cared for in a pleasant environment and encourage you to actively participate in managing your breast health.  Our staff is focused on breast imaging.  Board Certified mammography technologists perform all exams.  They are also registered with the ARRT and certified by the Indiana State Board of Health.  Our experienced radiologists are board certified and experts in reading breast imaging.

About Medline
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care.  For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.
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