The Button Theory

Many of us at Medelita are fans of Patagonia. Let My People Go Surfing, by Patagonia Founder, Yvon Chouinard, has served as an inspiration for some of our Medelita policies. The following excerpt is a prime example:

Let’s take a close look at a loose button and the consequences depending on who happens to discover it. Say the button falls off in your customer’s hand as she pulls the pants out of the washing machine. Your entire company, and your partners, have failed in the grossest possible way. That hard-earned customer will never again fully trust your claim to quality.

At Medelita, we not only strive to provide the best customer service possible, but we are committed to providing the finest possible quality garment. As a customer, your feedback helps fuel the new generation of Medelita garments. We don’t create a garment and then stamp ‘DONE’ on it…we are always looking for new ways to improve the quality, look, feel, and durability of our lab coats and scrubs. Your Medelita garments are worn more than any other garment in your wardrobe, so we know that it needs to withstand more wear and tear than your average piece of clothing – and we want to make sure that it is the best quality it can possibly be, for as long as possible.

Every now and then, though, a button will fall off despite how much effort we put into trying to prevent it. On those rare occasions, we will replace any and all buttons as needed. Not for six months or a year, but for the lifetime of your Medelita garment.

We offer several options for button replacement at no charge, so if you ever lose a button, contact us. Medelita will ensure that your garment is back to looking perfect, sophisticated, and professional as soon as possible.

Medelita Buttons

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Honoring a Pioneer: Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell

I hate to admit this, but I sometimes find myself taking the rights that I enjoy for granted. In this day and age, the idea that a woman would be denied something simply because of her gender is unthinkable . . . and would likely result in a handful of lawsuits and an outraged nation. Less than a century ago, equality was still being debated. As I enjoy a life full of opportunity, I feel that it’s important to be reminded of the female leaders that came before me.

One such woman is Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree from an American school. In the 1800s, the idea of a woman in the field of medicine was unheard of, but Elizabeth B. applied to almost every medical school in New York and Philadelphia, and was rejected by nearly all of them.

When her application arrived at Geneva Medical College, the administration (believing that no one would dream of saying yes) asked the students to decide whether to admit her or not. The students reportedly thought it was a practical joke and the majority endorsed her admission. When they discovered that she was serious, everyone was horrified. At first, she was even kept from classroom medical demonstrations, as they were considered inappropriate for a woman. But in 1849, Elizabeth B. graduated first in her class, becoming the first U.S. female doctor of medicine.

The Elizabeth B. Medelita Lab Coat

The Elizabeth B. Lab Coat

She went on to live an extraordinary life, writing books and lecturing in America and throughout Europe. During the Civil War, she helped to organize the Women’s Central Association of Relief, selecting and training nurses for service in the war. This venture helped to inspire the creation of the United States Sanitary Commission, and her achievements didn’t end there. Working tirelessly throughout her life, Elizabeth Blackwell opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children and the Women’s Medical College in New York, helped to organize the National Health Society in England, and founded the London School of Medicine for Women.

Elizabeth Blackwell’s efforts established a foundation for women in the field of medicine, and Medelita is proud to honor her. The 28″ length Elizabeth B. lab coat is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, and boasts performance features that make sense to women working in medicine. Similar to our original Callia lab coat in design features, the new hip-length Elizabeth B. tailored lab coat features feminine shaping and rounded lapels, a hidden inside pocket, and Medelita logo fabric covering the inside seams. We call it revolutionary. Learn more about the Elizabeth B. Medelita Lab Coat.

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How the Elizabeth B. Lab Coat got her name . . .

Originally Medelita lab coats were named by utilizing elegant, sophisticated female names.  Then one day our design team thought  . . . why not utilize prominent figures in medicine and dentistry to name our lab coats?  People that our customers truly recognized and admired, from history.  Such a meaningful idea, we thought about re-naming the Callia, Ellody, Estie, and Sophia.  But as our benchmark lab coats, the decision was made to transition to this new methodology of naming, going forward.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the obvious choice for the first Medelita women’s lab coat to carry a “true” name.  Elizabeth B. for short.  Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States. She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school on January 23, 1849, a pioneer in educating women in medicine in the United States, and was prominent in the emerging women’s rights movement.

Also the “first” of it’s kind . . . the Elizabeth B. lab coat is a consultation length and/or student length lab coat, 28″ in length measured from the back of the neck to the back center hem of the coat.  With Medelita signature rounded lapels and rounded pocket detail, as well as vertical darting both in front and in back – this coat is stunning.  Professional, sophisticated, and classic – this lab coat has been so popular that we simply cannot maintain our inventory.   Popular amongst students, NPs, dentists, vets,  international physicians and those who prefer a shorter length coat, the Elizabeth B. is following in the footsteps of it’s predecessor by fearlessly breaking the norms, and setting new ground.  No longer is a flimsy, boxy, shapeless garment your only choice when it comes to a consultation length women’s lab coat.

Take a closer look at the Elizabeth B. lab coat at http://www.medelita.com/lab-coat-elizabeth-b.html

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