Women & Infants Hospital in Providence is introducing a new patient gown designed to make female patients more comfortable.
The "Jane" replaces the traditional "Johnny" that can leave patients feeling exposed and vulnerable.
Sharon Linder developed the female-friendly gown after her mother and both sisters battled breast cancer.
Janes look more like robes, wrapping in the front, instead of the back, with a generous overlap for complete coverage and a pocket. They come in two sizes.
They're made with a waffle-weave jersey fabric that keeps warmth in and is soft enough if rubbing against surgical sites.
Linder consulted with a variety of sources through the 24-month development process.
She held focus groups at The Breast Health Center, turned to her sisters, relied on input from a radiologist with 30 years experience, then collaborated with folks at Purity Linen, the laundry company that services Women & Infants, to test the durability of the fabric.
Janes will make their debut October 1 at the Breast Health Center for outpatient visits like infusions and patient exams.
They'll be offered exclusively at Women & Infants Hospital through the end of 2012, but Linder has already been speaking to larger cancer centers across the country about offering the gowns to their patients in the long run.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Janes will be donated to help fund programs for women who cannot afford mammograms.
In addition to being available at Women & Infants, they can also be purchased at www.getjanes.com .
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