About 100 employees from 25 departments at both Thomas and Saint Francis locations volunteered their time during lunch hours and even on days off to learn the dance moves and make the video. Doctors who gathered for a weekly meeting took a break to film their part and added synchronized hand movements as they sat around a conference table.
They shot most of the footage in the departments in which employees worked. The video opens with a woman hearing a diagnosis of breast cancer. "Days like this I want to drive away," Perry sings as the woman is helped through a hospital corridor. Dancers in scrubs and pink gloves and boas welcome her through surgery, obstetrics, exam rooms and administrative offices, holding signs that read "Courage."
Breast cancer survivors within the hospital staff danced and held "I am a survivor" and "I Fight to Win" signs. Others delivered pink boxing-glove knockout punches. Plant operation and housekeeping employees added their moves.
Thomas Health System CEO Steve Dexter and Vice President Becky Brannon dance through a line of administrative assistants. Employees at the Saint Francis location gathered in the circle in front of the hospital to dance their part.
"We want them to know they're not alone in this. We are there for them," Vickers said.
Added to breast cancer awareness events like a walk and door-decorating contest, the video production sparked a burst of enthusiasm and team spirit among employees that surprised Vickers and others.
"I've never seen people here laughing and smiling so much. They were high-fiving each other. They absolutely had the best time," said Paige Johnson, director of marketing and communications.
They're well aware that the competition is stiff. Just after the website went live, Google had to shut it down because there was such a surge of traffic to the site from voters.
Win or lose, the employees will enjoy a benefit that arose from their enthusiastic support. The hospital added a free Zumba program during lunchtime, where employees can slip away, even if only for 10 or 15 minutes, and get a little cardio workout.
"I think that even if we don't win, just creating the video and being a part of it with the organization as a whole was great," Vickers said. "We showed that we could all join together as a team to help find a cure.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.