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June 24, 2022

Chaplain Suzanne Di Giovanni-Smith on going strong at 80, keeping the faith, hope in challenging times

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Chaplain Suzanne Di Giovanni-Smith was 60 years old when she joined Mayo Clinic. Still going strong 20 years later, she shares her thoughts on hope, healing and what makes Mayo Clinic special to her. Chaplain Suzanne Di Giovanni-Smith signs her emails with the word “pace.” It’s Latin for “peace,” and it’s a desire to bring […]

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Tags: Jeanna Kozak, Mark Anderson, Patrick Hansen, Scott Pixler, Sherri Smithwick-Ward, Spiritual Care, Suzanne Di Giovanni-Smith


June 21, 2022

Dr. Cutsforth-Gregory on finding the courage to be himself at work, inspiring others to do the same

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

This column spotlights the kinds of people you think about when you think about Mayo Clinic. They’ve answered questions, serious and otherwise, so you can know them better. You see them at bedsides. Behind desks. You may spot them walking down a hall or sprinting across a lobby, making every effort to look like they’re […]

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Tags: Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, In a Word


June 8, 2022

Hospice nurse’s experience comes into play in an unexpected way

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When Jane Schleicher left for work one day back in April, her focus was on her patients. An unexpected encounter called on her to use her skills as a hospice nurse in a whole new situation. There’s the right place at the right time, and then there’s the right person at the right time. When […]

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Tags: Jane Schleicher, Mayo Clinic Hospice Program


June 7, 2022

Christine Martinez on finding faith in colleagues after a fainting spell, mistaking the Chihuly chandelier for balloons, more

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

This column spotlights the kinds of people you think about when you think about Mayo Clinic. They’ve answered questions, serious and otherwise, so you can know them better. You see them at bedsides. Behind desks. You may spot them walking down a hall or sprinting across a lobby, or talking quietly with a patient and […]

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Tags: Christine E. Martinez, In a Word


May 24, 2022

Mark Litzow, M.D., on the fragility of life, lessons in resilience from patients, more

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

This column spotlights the kinds of people you think about when you think about Mayo Clinic. They’ve answered questions, serious and otherwise, so you can know them better. You see them at bedsides. Behind desks. You may spot them walking down a hall or sprinting across a lobby, making every effort to look like they’re […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Litzow, In a Word


May 17, 2022

From sterile scissors to pristine pumps, it all starts with Central Services

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

The “Behind the Scenes” series takes you inside work areas you may otherwise never get to see. The articles highlight teams that are often unseen but perform critical work to keep Mayo running. In this installment, see how the Central Services team works around the clock to provide clean tools, instruments and equipment for patients […]

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Tags: Ashlyn Mildenstein, Chris Scherb, Linen and Central Services, Paul Gile, Peter Tellis, Sandra Jahns, Spencer Chenoweth, Terri Gray, Torey Edwards


May 17, 2022

Mayo Clinic Employee Experience: On a lifetime of fun, challenges of being mistaken for each other as identical twins

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In this episode of Mayo Clinic Employee Experience, you’ll hear from Kim Baumann, a medical administrative assistant supervisor, and Kay Bachman, a nurse study coordinator, as they discuss their experience being identical twins working at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is a unique place: the culture, the values, the people. “Mayo Clinic Employee Experience” explores the […]

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Tags: Kay Bachman, Kim Baumann, Mayo Clinic Employee Experience


May 16, 2022

Street Medicine: Medical students feel called to serve

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students moved to help people experiencing homelessness are expanding their medical school experiences and their world views by bringing street medicine to homeless populations. Learn about street medicine and what inspires these students. When Julianna Smith moved from Kingman, Arizona, to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University, she immediately […]

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Tags: Christopher Poyorena, Dr. Walter Franz III, Jeffrey Woods, Julianna Smith, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Tatsumi Yanaba, Terence Meyerhoefer, Yonghun Kim


May 12, 2022

Mayo physician’s volunteer mission helps neurosurgeons in Nepal move mountains in surgical care

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Matthew Neal, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, volunteered his time to teach surgical techniques to neurosurgeons Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, a major academic medical center in Nepal. He shares his experience and his inspiration for the trip. For Matthew Neal, M.D., volunteerism and outreach have always been close to his heart. When […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Neal, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


May 10, 2022

One step closer to dream of becoming a nurse through Career Investment Program

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Rialie Fenske, a radiologic tech at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is one step closer to her dream of becoming a nurse with help from Mayo Clinic’s Career Investment Program. She shares what the program has meant for her. Rialie Fenske started her career at Mayo Clinic as a certified nursing assistant in 2015, and went […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Career Investment Program, Rialie Fenske


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