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May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Grace and Hope for Jianfeng — Medical Community Comes Together to Offer Help

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Shelly and Kenneth DeVault, M.D., had been thinking about Jianfeng, a five-year-old boy from China.

Jianfeng's journey and medical care were featured in a story earlier this month on Jacksonville's First Coast News.

Shelley and Kenneth DeVault, M.D., have been thinking about Jianfeng, a five-year-old boy from China with Apert syndrome, since the day he was born. Abandoned at an orphanage because of the facial and hand deformities caused by his condition, Jianfeng was placed into the care of Grace & Hope for Children, an organization that helps get orphaned children in China into foster homes throughout the country.

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Tags: Dr Kenneth DeVault, Dr Peter Murray, International Outreach

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Think Like a Medical Student — 'Strong Work' Solving Medical Mysteries

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If you find yourself stuck on a medical mystery, you may want call second-year Mayo Medical School student George Bonadurer.If you find yourself stuck on a medical mystery, you may want to skip the Google and old episodes of House, and call second-year Mayo Medical School student George Bonadurer. (Just don't tell him we gave you his name.) Bonadurer has won not one, but two, recent New York Times Well blog's "Think like a Doctor" medical-mystery challenges.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, George Bonadurer, Mayo Medical School, PathWays, Medical Mystery

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

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"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery."

Anais Nin

May 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Nurse's Legacy Lives on Through Her Example, Angel Wings

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Laura Finseth Scott, center, was honored posthumously with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses from The DAISY Foundation.

Laura, center, with her sisters, Rachel and Rebecca.

Finding your calling in life is a gift. And Laura Finseth Scott found hers early. By the time she was in high school, she'd discovered an interest in human biology, a love of learning, and a rare gift for caring for others. Those qualities were part of what made Laura "the epitome of the perfect nurse," according to Alacia Pierce, one of Laura's colleagues in the Family Birthplace at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. "Everyone on the floor wanted to be [...]

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Tags: DAISY Award, Nursing

May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A New Benchmark – Delegation from Japan's Health Ministry Visits Mayo

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Delegation from Japan's Ministry of Health visits Mayo ClinicWhen you hear a guest reciting, in so many words, your organization's primary value, you know you've done a good job communicating what you're all about. So Tom Witt, M.D., must have felt pretty good when Maki Kobayashi of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, nodded in response to one of his statements and said, knowingly, "The patient comes first." Dr. Witt was discussing how Mayo Clinic Health System works with Mayo Clinic and how decisions are made. It was just the kind of thing Ms. Kobayashi and her colleagues were hoping to learn.

The discussion took place in the board room at Mayo Clinic [...]

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Tags: Dr Robert Nesse, Dr Tom Witt, Mayo Clinic Health System

May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color."

W.S. Merwin, Separation

May 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

'Healing Words' Program Encourages Patients to Write, Reflect and Clarify

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e-Patient Dave on Mayo's "Healing Words" program.Dave deBronkart found writing was important in his healing process after a cancer diagnosis. He shared his story through a program that encourages patients to use writing as a way to make sense of what has happened to them. 

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, e-Patient Dave, Healing Words, Johanna Rian

May 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Big Idea Leads to Little Free Library — For Patients, Built by a Patient

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Dr. Tsigonis with Jim Doerre, a retired cabinet maker, who made the Little Free Library.After a successful book drive, staff at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare had a good problem: What to do with all those books for pediatric patients and their families? They knew just the guy for the job. 

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Tags: Franciscan Health Care, Gabe Berendes, Katie Tsigonis, Book Drive, Literacy Programs

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