Four years ago, after more than three decades of corporate management experience, Providence, Rhode Island-based Sharon Linder founded GetJanes, LLC, which manufactures high-quality wellness gowns for women. Made of a soft waffle weave knit material, “Janes” emphasize comfort, total coverage and dignity for women of all sizes. The product is a stylish option: whether for the spa, travel, mammograms, nursing mothers, or medical treatments of any kind.
Get Janes patient examination gowns were born out of necessity. Sharon's Mother and two sisters are Breast Cancer Survivors, and because of that family history, she often found herself in Breast Health Centers, Radiology Departments and Women’s Clinics being vigilant about testing and exams. During those times Sharon would sit endlessly in an ill fitting, uncomfortable and very thin patient/hospital gown. The women around Sharon were in the same situation...skinny girls were freezing and other women falling out the front of the gown, exposed and vulnerable. Supportive staff and beautifully appointed waiting rooms paled as soon as she was asked to change and given a standard issue hospital gown.
Sharon feels strongly that during these stressful times women have the right to be comfortable and more dignified. There had to be something better and she set out to develop it. During the next 18 months she networked and interviewed nurses, patients, doctors and hospital administrators. All were very generous in sharing their ideas of what a patient gown should be. Being able to survive a hospital laundry was paramount. Sharon worked with a regional hospital laundry to test different fabric samples. As a result, Janes are extremely durable.
In October of 2012 Janes were ordered by the Breast Health Center at Women and Infants Hospital. The patients loved them. From that one Breast Health Center Janes began to sell throughout the country. All very exciting.
Unfortunately, at that time Sharon was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. Following surgery, during chemotherapy and radiation her Jane was her best friend! She had not intended to become the “poster child” for Janes, but she is here to say that Janes are comforting and make a difference in how she felt and was viewed. Janes gave Sharon confidence as well a secure feeling.
Sharon's passion today is to get the word out to women everywhere that women have the right to comfort and that there are alternatives out there to the traditional much lacking patient gown.
Please know that it is okay to bring your own gown...Jane. Whether as a gift for a friend in the hospital, home recovering, going through treatment, new and nursing mothers, for travel or to take to the spa...think Janes! To get your own Jane please go to Get Janes Online Shop.