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March 30, 2021

In new video, team that cared for Mayo’s first COVID-19 patient reflects on year that followed

By In the Loop

In a new video, the team that cared for Mayo's first COVID-19 patient reflects on how they've grown personally in the last year and Mayo's patient-first response to the pandemic. 


A new video created to mark the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic offers a deeper discussion with members of the "Super Six," the team that cared for the first COVID-19 patient at Mayo Clinic. The team also went on to be the first group vaccinated at Mayo Clinic in Rochester when vaccines first became available this past December.

In the video, the six reflect on how they’ve grown personally in the last year and Mayo's patient-first response to the pandemic. 

"It has been pretty profound as a year," says Casey Clements, M.D., and emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic. "Between March 11 and Dec. 20 of last year, we made 469 changes to our practice. That pace of change is break-neck speed, and it really highlights the flexibility that Mayo has had in this and how everybody has been able to really deal with these day-in and day-out changes."

Abigail Carter, a nurse in the Medical ICU, talked about the team's approach and the impact that had on their patients.

"I love being an ICU nurse because I love taking care of people, and when they come into our ICU, most days, it's the worst day of their life. It's an honor to be able to take care of somebody and see them through some of their hardest days," she says.

Watch the video:

Tags: Abigail Carter, Dr. Casey Clements, Employee Stories

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