Marquette General Hospital Wins Apparel Makeover in Contest


Members of the Marquette General Hospital housekeeping department.
Members of the Marquette General Hospital housekeeping and laundry departments will be exchanging their outdated uniforms for new image apparel from Cintas Corp. after winning the 2011 Wear the Care Contest. (Photo: Courtesy Cintas Corp.)

Bruce Beggs |

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The 85 people who work in the housekeeping and laundry departments at Marquette General Hospital (MGH) will soon receive a complimentary “Image Apparel Makeover” worth $10,000 after winning Cintas Corp.’s 2011 Wear the Care Contest, Cintas announced Wednesday.
The 315-bed specialty care hospital was selected from more than 170 entries in Cintas’ third annual contest. A $1,000 donation will also be made on the hospital’s behalf to the Marquette General Foundation, and the MGH team will receive a free seminar from professional image consulting firm Avidere.
An independent judging panel selected MGH for best demonstrating how an apparel program would improve the satisfaction of hospital patients and visitors.
“The housekeeping and laundry departments are very visible healthcare staff members,” says Ellen Greer, MGH’s director of housekeeping. “Our outdated uniforms don’t reflect the tremendous effort we put into our job of keeping the hospital clean.
“It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s a very important job and our uniforms should reflect that. Winning this contest has boosted morale and renews the pride of our staff.”

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Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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