Inaugural Dancing with the Docs brings down the house at Métropolis

Dr. Preetha Krishnamoorthy crowned ‘Dancing Doc of 2012’

Ten MUHC doctors amazed, thrilled and thoroughly entertained the 800-plus capacity crowd at the event held on February 4th at Métropolis.  The event raised $203,000 for the hospital’s Best Care for Life Campaign.

Winner: Dr. Preetha Krishnamoorthy
- Pediatric Endocrinologist,
The Montreal Children’s Hospital
(third from right)

Dr. Krishnamoorthy, who performed a rollicking Bollywood-inspired cha-cha with her Arthur Murray partner Cristopher Panasuk, was crowned the winner, with Drs. Nadine Korah and Rayan Kaedbey as 2nd and 3rd place finishers respectively.

“This whole experience has been amazing, from start to finish,” said Dr. Krishnamoorthy. “It has been an honour to work alongside so many people – the dancers, my fellow doctors, the incredible organizers and the people behind the scenes – all for the same great cause.”

Modelled after the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars, the evening saw the doctors face off against one another in a friendly dance competition. The doctors and their professional dance partners from the Arthur Murray Dance Schools danced everything from a sultry salsa to a dramatic paso doble and an uplifting disco routine.

The dancers faced a panel of celebrity judges including Jean-Marc Généreux, the
choreographer and judge from the popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance, CTV News Anchor Mutsumi Takahashi, CJAD 800 Morning Host Andrew Carter, and international dance champion Méryem Pearson.  Mose Persico, Entertainment Host on CTV News and CJAD was the emcee.

The dancing doctors represented the different sites and missions of the MUHC:

“I congratulate all ten doctors for their magnificent performances this evening.  They took time out of their very busy schedules to train and prepare, and we can’t thank them enough for their enthusiasm and their good-naturedness,” said Normand Rinfret, interim director general and CEO of the MUHC. “This evening reflects the great spirit that we see throughout the MUHC and the passion that our entire team brings to patient care day in and day out.”

John Rae, chair of The Best Care for Life Campaign, said the event demonstrates how raising money for an important cause can also make for an enjoyable evening. “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we are indeed grateful to the doctors and their wonderful supporters for contributing to the Best Care for Life Campaign.  Dancing with the Docs was a tremendous success that promises to become a much-anticipated annual fundraiser,” he said.

Event partner  Arthur Murray Dance Schools (Jean Talon, West Island and Laval locations)  Platinum sponsors Qatar Airways and the SAQ; Silver sponsors Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), Pharmaprix, Simard Transport and the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services; Bronze sponsors Criso, Le Groupe Charbonneau, Montreal Medical, International, Norton Rose, Paladin Labs, ProDanse (Dancers' Apparel), St-Laurent Coiffure- Christina Stavropoulos (Dancers' Hair), Jisele Cosmetiques Studio (Dancers' Makeup), Supa Dance (Dancers' Shoes)

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) One of the world’s foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Highly committed to the continuum of care in its community and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, The Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital of the MUHC value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.355-billion Redevelopment Project on three campuses—the Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life.  The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines.

About The Best Care for Life Campaign The $300-million Best Care for Life Campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre’s Redevelopment Project on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses as well as the Capital Development Plan. It is a partnership of the MUHC’s charitable organizations: MUHC Foundation,Cedars Cancer Institute, Lachine Hospital Foundation, Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, Montreal General Hospital Foundation, Montreal Neurological Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation through its Best Care for Children Campaign.

For more information contact:
Véronique Scott
Veronique [dot] scott [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca