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March 16th, 2017

Movie to Feature Doctor’s Story of Hope and the American Dream

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We here at In the Loop love a story with a happy ending. (We have a hunch you do, too.) And it’s hard to find a story with a happier ending than that of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. Dr. Q, as he’s affectionately known to his patients at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, is not only chair […]

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Tags: Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Dr Q, neurologic surgery


March 16th, 2017

Patient Afraid to Leave His Wife Alone Finds Answer in Tammy Rew

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The patient had already had a busy day. One more appointment that afternoon seemed impossible to manage. It wasn’t that he was tired after a long day, or overwhelmed by tests and medical information. His concern was simple. He was worried about his wife.

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Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Kelly Parish, Tammy Rew


March 14th, 2017

Nurses Rally to Make Wedding Hopes Come True for Patient

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Fifteen years ago, Barb Wilker decided — pretty much on a whim — to become an ordained minister. “Not because I had some big religious calling, but because I couldn’t believe you could do something like that online,” the registered nurse in Urology at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus tells us. “I never had any real […]

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Tags: Amy Olofson, Barb Wilker, nursing


March 14th, 2017

Nurses Put Nervous Toddler (and His Mom) at Ease

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Having ear tubes placed is a fairly routine childhood procedure. But as any parent knows, nothing is routine when it’s happening to your child. So when Anitha Prakasam was told her year-old son, Shrish, would need ear tubes, naturally she was nervous. “I imagined it would be miserable,” says Anitha, an IT analyst/programmer at Mayo […]

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Tags: Anitha Prakasam, nursing


March 9th, 2017

House Call Makes a Comeback With Help From Community Paramedics

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Mike DiPasquale is grateful, to say the least, for the return of the house call in his neck of the woods. He recently underwent a “rare, risky operation in which doctors performed a complete reconstruction of his hip and part of his pelvis,” the Barron News-Shield reports. The procedure left Mike confined to a wheelchair […]

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Tags: Gold Cross, Justin Bowe, Marlene Dirkes, Mayo Clinic Health System


March 7th, 2017

Care Team Honors Dying Patient’s Last Minutes of Life

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Life as a care provider on 6 Mary Brigh at the Saint Marys campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is not for the faint of heart. “Many of our patients come to us very critically ill,” says Janelle Wozniak, a registered nurse on the floor’s medical intensive care unit. To support patients who are […]

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Tags: Chris Noll, Janelle Wozniak, Jared Brugger, Todd Ness


March 7th, 2017

Falcon Visit is Good Medicine for Patient With Cancer

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A few weeks ago, Allison Hesse received an unusual request from a nurse on the oncology unit she manages at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus Rochester campus. The nurse told Hesse about one of her patients, an avid bird watcher. Like many birders, this patient kept a life list of the birds she’d seen. Not yet […]

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Tags: Allison Hesse, Peregrine Falcon Program, Tom Behrens


March 2nd, 2017

After Portraying a Dying Patient, Actor Discovers New Role

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Megan Cole has played many roles in her acting career, from Shakespearean queens to Elaine’s colleague, Peggy, on “Seinfeld.” (Talk about range.) But the role that has had the biggest impact on her career — and on her life — is that of Dr. Vivian Bearing, the terminally ill English professor at the center of the Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, Maud Mellish, Mayo Clinic Library, Mayo Clinic Proceedings


February 28th, 2017

Cancer Battle Inspires Friends to Career Serving Others

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Life changed dramatically for Hanna Hughes, who we introduced you to to a few weeks back, after she was diagnosed with cancer at age 16. That diagnosis led to Hanna spending long stretches of time at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota, where, eventually, she would have her right leg amputated. The experience had […]

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Tags: Allison Galkowski, Ben Groteboer, Hanna Hughes, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


February 28th, 2017

‘Joyce the Barista’ Pours Her Last (Official) Cup of Love

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Joyce Nelson didn’t technically work in patient care, but she might as well have. For more than a decade, she’s been a therapist, confidant and friend to countless people who stopped to get their coffee. Or just stopped by. “I took care of that little coffee bar like it was my own house,” Joyce tells […]

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Tags: Connie Clark, Cynthia Salcido, Dr Joseph Sirven, Joyce Nelson


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