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Piper, the Therapy Dog With Three Legs and a Nose for Healing

January 10, 2019

Piper, the Therapy Dog With Three Legs and a Nose for Healing

By In the Loop intheloop

Polly Spenle had been researching what it would take for her pup Piper to become a therapy dog when a car accident left Piper injured. But even an amputation couldn’t keep Piper from her purpose.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Polly Spenle, Therapy Dogs


Meet Luna: The Newest (Four-Legged) Member of the Mayo Team in La Crosse

December 18, 2018

Meet Luna: The Newest (Four-Legged) Member of the Mayo Team in La Crosse

By In the Loop intheloop

One of the newest members of the Rehab Services team at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Luna the facility dog, is already a big hit with her patients.

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Tags: Canine Companions for Independence, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Dashing Through the Snow: Vintage Sleigh Display Comes to Mayo Clinic

December 13, 2018

Dashing Through the Snow: Vintage Sleigh Display Comes to Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop intheloop

Years ago a one-horse open sleigh was the preferred method of transportation in winter. A new exhibit features, among other historical tidbits on frontier medicine, a story of a sleigh ride gone awry for Dr. W.W. Mayo.

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Tags: Heritage Days, Matt Dacy, Mayo Clinic Heritage Hall, Mayo Clinic in Rochester


Sleep Specialist Helps ID Clear Signs of Sleep Trouble

November 29, 2018

Sleep Specialist Helps ID Clear Signs of Sleep Trouble

By In the Loop intheloop

Most of us don’t get as much sleep as we should. But how do you know when a lack of sleep becomes a problem that needs medical intervention?

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Tags: Center for Sleep Medicine, Dr. Michael Silber, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder, Restless Legs Syndrome


Real Life Superheroes Team up in Battle of the Badges

November 20, 2018

Real Life Superheroes Team up in Battle of the Badges

By In the Loop intheloop

A friendly competition among first responders that runs through December is all for a good cause: blood donation, which is especially important this time of year.

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Tags: Gold Cross, Kate Arms, Kevin Torgerson, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Rochester Police Department


Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

November 15, 2018

Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

By In the Loop intheloop

For more than 30 years, Phyllis Helgeson has been volunteering at Mayo Clinic, going above and beyond to connect with patients and help wherever she’s needed.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, Phyllis Helgeson, Saint Marys Campus


Ringing in 97: Plummer Carillon Plays Happy Tune to Ring in Restoration

July 31, 2018

Ringing in 97: Plummer Carillon Plays Happy Tune to Ring in Restoration

By In the Loop intheloop

A birthday concert in honor of Sister Lauren Weinandt’s 97th birthday was a special coda ahead of a major restoration and refurbishing of the carillon in Rochester.

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Tags: Austin Ferguson, carillon, Dr. Robert Cima, John Murphy, Ken Ackerman, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Plummer Building, Sister Lauren Weinandt


Volunteers Create Distraction Pads to Help Keep Patients Busy and Safe

July 31, 2018

Volunteers Create Distraction Pads to Help Keep Patients Busy and Safe

By In the Loop intheloop

Since 2016, volunteers in the Mayo handicrafters group have been creating distraction pads and other items that help reduce anxiety and agitation in patients.

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Tags: Department of Neurology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Lorina Welper, Mary (Lisa) Brink, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


Surprise Graduation Party for Patient Transitioning to New Life

July 26, 2018

Surprise Graduation Party for Patient Transitioning to New Life

By In the Loop intheloop

Instead of walking the stage to receive her college degree, Alisha Valles was recovering in the hospital. But her nurses weren’t going to let the milestone pass without a proper celebration.

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Tags: Gwenyn Anderson, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Shannon Dalbey, Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic, vaginoplasty


Housekeeping Staff Provide Patients With More Than a Clean Room

July 24, 2018

Housekeeping Staff Provide Patients With More Than a Clean Room

By In the Loop intheloop

Patients often share stories about the great care they receive while they’re at Mayo Clinic, including from the staff tasked with providing a clean and safe environment.

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Tags: Corey Keene, Dana Walker, Environmental Services, Kada Dudakovic, Vicky Stenberg


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