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Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

November 15, 2018

Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

By In the Loop intheloop

Throughout the course of their marriage, Phyllis Helgeson worked hand in hand with her husband on their farm near the Minnesota-Iowa border. “I milked and fed cows, fed chickens, fed horses, put up and mended fences, drove tractors, mowed the lawn and did just about anything else you can think of,” Phyllis tells us. With […]

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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

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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

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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


Answering the Call of the Wild to Create Videos for Hospitalized Kids

July 12, 2018

Answering the Call of the Wild to Create Videos for Hospitalized Kids

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Mayo Clinic producer and director Rick Andresen says the hours he’s spent filming wolves, owls, snakes and other wildlife serve an important purpose: distracting young patients and lowering their stress.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Media Support Services, Rick Andresen


Painted Masks Change the Outlook of Young Cancer Patients

July 10, 2018

Painted Masks Change the Outlook of Young Cancer Patients

By In the Loop intheloop

Stop by the Proton Beam Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic and you might see a superhero, unicorn or mermaid, thanks to the artistic talents of staff who have begun painting masks for young patients receiving treatment.

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Tags: Child LIfe Program, Jennifer Deweese, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Therapy, Randy Mc Keeman


Honoring Military Patients With a Final Salute

July 3, 2018

Honoring Military Patients With a Final Salute

By In the Loop intheloop

A new program within palliative care at Mayo Clinic is helping to formally honor and recognize military veteran patients for their service to their country in their last days of life.

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Tags: Final Salute, Mayo Clinic Hospice Program, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Palliative Medicine


Saying Goodbye — a Virtual Dissection Table That Became a Trusted Partner in Care

January 11, 2018

Saying Goodbye — a Virtual Dissection Table That Became a Trusted Partner in Care

By In the Loop intheloop

When Mayo received a virtual dissection table for its Simulation Center in Florida years ago, IT technical specialist Conrad Dove thought it would be an innovative way to teach anatomy. He soon realized the table could do so much more.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center


Enterprising Seventh-Grader Turns Women of Mayo Clinic Book Into Board Game

December 19, 2017

Enterprising Seventh-Grader Turns Women of Mayo Clinic Book Into Board Game

By In the Loop intheloop

Samantha Pollack already knew a lot about Mayo Clinic history. After reading a book about the role women played in shaping the organization, she was inspired to make sure others learn from history as well.

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Tags: Women of Mayo Clinic


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