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June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Celebrating a Special Transplantaversary

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Two-year-old Addie Sylvester is celebrating her transplantaversary. It was a milestone her parents weren't always sure they'd reach. What kind of anniversary does a 2-year-old have to celebrate? If you're Addie Sylvester, you have a transplantaversary. (Yup, that's a thing.) And Addie recently celebrated hers with the Mayo Clinic transplant team and donor (also known as Mom) that made it all possible. It was a milestone the Sylvesters weren't always sure they'd reach.

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Tags: Dr Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant

June 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Reluctant Tourists Offer Their Reviews of a Medical Destination

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Downtown Rochester viewed across the Zumbro River. Those of us who call Rochester, Minnesota, home like to joke about its landmark corn-cob water tower and say we'd like to leave in the winter, but our cars won't start. But it's no secret that the city is known more as a medical destination than a place to find frozen vegetables. And it's hard to deny the city has become more citified. The Boston Globe, in an article last week titled, "Destination for reluctant but hopeful travelers," paints a pleasant picture of Rochester as a "medical oasis in the Minnesota cornfields." (Hey, we have soybean fields, too.) The article is peppered with perspective from those who come to the city for care.

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Tags: Destination Medical Center, Dr Mikel Prieto

June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

You deserve a break

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Image of feet up on a desk.What with it being a holiday week and all, we thought it would be awfully nice of us to give you a break and not publish In the Loop on Thursday, July 2. We're sure you'll be busy preparing for the holiday or putting your feet up, and we couldn't be happier to help that cause.

Barring any unforeseen Fourth of July injuries, we'll be back next week.

June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"What is the city but the people?"

William Shakespeare

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Blessing for New Space ... and Those Blessed by It

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Staff pause for a blessing of the new Surgical Suites at the Saint Marys campus. If you've watched HGTV or, you know, done some work of your own, you know there’s a lot that goes into a building project. That’s true, too, at Mayo Clinic, where teams create everything from offices for worker bees like us to the specialized spaces where patients find hope and healing. And while made-for-TV projects may be finished when the paint is dry, for some spaces at Mayo Clinic, there’s one final, important step before opening for business: a blessing.

“Blessings of new or remodeled spaces have been a tradition” at Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys campus “from the beginning,” says Sister Tierney [...]

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June 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

New Generation Gives its Take on Mayo History

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Historical image of Drs. Charlie and Will Mayo in their commencement gowns. Mayo Clinic is steeped in history. We see it all around us. We hear it in the names of our buildings. We even pose with it and post it on Instagram. It's fun to see patients and visitors grab hold of it, too. But what about the children?

Well, if "History Day" competitions are any indication, our past is not history. High school students from around the nation got their history on earlier this month when they competed in the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland. And three Mayo Clinic-themed projects made it to this year's national competition. The Mayo-based projects went national after taking top honors in Minnesota's History Day Competition held in May.  [...]

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Tags: Matt Dacy

June 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

Sir Winston Churchill

June 23rd, 2015 · 3 Comments

Putting Him Back Together ... After the Wall Fell on Him

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Steve Garrity achieved what he called his "ultimate recovery goal" when he crossed the finish line of the Ironman Australia competition, his first major triathlon since his accident. When he wasn't locked in the offices of Hearsay Social, the Palo Alto, California-based social media marketing management company he helped co-found, Steve Garrity was living the life of a fitness rock star. He'd jet around the world to compete in whatever there was to compete in. Cycling events, triathlons, even ultra-marathons. And up until the summer of 2010, Garrity's work-life balance was just that — balanced. Then, things came crashing down on him. Literally.

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Tags: Dr Alexander Shin, Dr Allen Bishop, Dr Robert Spinner, Steve Garrity

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