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March 23rd, 2017

Grateful Patient Thanks Mayo Clinic — on LinkedIn — for Saving His Vision

By In the Loop intheloop

The networking site LinkedIn is a go-to place for members of the business community to connect. Postings and conversations are typically all business. But last month, one member — “Big” Hogan E. Copeland II from Jacksonville, Florida — took a bit of a detour to tell his 2,786 followers a very personal story.

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Tags: Dr James Bolling, Dr Michael Stewart, Dr Syril Dorairaj, Ophthalmology


March 21st, 2017

Liver Transplant Patient Helps Set New Nighttime Skydiving Record

By In the Loop intheloop

  A funny thing happened the other day as we were flipping through the January 2017 issue of Parachutist, the official magazine of the U.S. Parachute Association. (We’re behind in our reading but trying to pick up velocity.) A familiar name and face greeted us: Steve Woodford, a liver transplant patient featured in a Sharing […]

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Tags: Bile duct cancer, Breast Cancer, Hepatitis, liver transplant


March 21st, 2017

New Procedure Helps Keep Wisconsin Man Young at Heart

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In just a few years, Charles Kaeding will celebrate his 90th birthday. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to slow down. In fact, quite the opposite. The 87-year-old Augusta, Wisconsin, resident and lifelong farmer still shovels snow, picks up “heavy items,” and “enjoys helping his son on the farm,” he recently told the Eau Claire, […]

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Tags: Aortic stenosis, Dr Robert Wiechmann, Dr Vien Le, Mayo Clinic Health System, Transcatheter aortic valve replacement


March 14th, 2017

Nurses Rally to Make Wedding Hopes Come True for Patient

By In the Loop intheloop

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

Makeover is Good Medicine for Young Cancer Patient

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As a professional makeup artist, Adrian Rios is used to working in a variety of settings, from fashion shows and speaking events to photoshoots and television interviews. But one day last month, he set up shop in a rather unusual place, even for him: a waiting room outside the Proton Beam Therapy Program on Mayo […]

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Tags: Proton Beam Therapy Program, Rosie Lerma


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 2nd, 2017

Pumpkin Pie and Doing Whatever It Takes for Patients

By In the Loop intheloop

The patient arrived just before Thanksgiving. Diagnosed with end-stage cancer by her local health care providers, she’d come to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus with the hope that something — anything — could be done to change her fortunes. After exhaustive testing and examination, however, her care team at Mayo confirmed the prognosis. The heart-wrenching news […]

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Tags: Cancer, Dr John Noseworthy


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


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