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January 30, 2024

After flatlining, elite athlete Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., finds new purpose at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

An accomplished athlete, Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., first came to Mayo Clinic as a patient searching for answers. After receiving a diagnosis, she came back as a student. Today, she’s a staff member working to find answers like the ones she was searching for years ago. Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., was working as a tax accountant in […]

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January 9, 2024

After son’s suicide, Mayo staff members channel grief into charity

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

On July 26, 2020, Ryan and Jennifer Hegge were days away from a graduation party and college sendoff for their oldest son, Brody, and excitedly preparing their younger sons for a new school year. The next day, that joy stopped when they lost their second-born son, Aidan, to suicide. They’ve since launched the nonprofit Aidan’s Light, which will host an event in Rochester on Jan. 9.

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January 9, 2024

Meet My Team: Rejuvenate Spa offers patients – and staff – an oasis of calm (and more)

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Whether you’re seeking a massage for aching muscles, acupuncture for persistent headaches or a manicure for dry nails, you can find it at Rejuvenate Spa. The spa offers traditional treatments in a nontraditional environment, providing a unique experience for patients (and staff) at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is a team of teams — many, many […]

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December 28, 2023

Child Life staff and their accomplices bring holiday magic to the hospital for Mayo’s youngest patients

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Child Life staff make sure the holidays are special for Mayo’s youngest patients through visits from Santa, a balloon brigade and gifts galore. But they couldn’t do it alone. Find out how Mayo staff, community members, and former patients and their families come together to make holiday magic.

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December 20, 2023

Here and There: Elf shenanigans and a poinsettia tree gone viral

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Elves on the shelves are not only entertaining pediatric patients but also a Mayo physician this holiday season. One of Mayo’s poinsettia trees in Rochester has gone viral.

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December 19, 2023

Colleagues discuss what it’s like to give back to patients through Final Roll Call, Caring Canines

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In a “Mayo Clinic Employee Experiences” conversation, Fred Regennitter, D.D.S., emeritus Mayo Clinic staff member, and Jenn Rodemeyer, a child life manager, share their experiences of giving back to patients through the volunteer programs Final Roll Call and Caring Canines. “Mayo Clinic Employee Experiences” explores the shared experiences of Mayo Clinic staff as they navigate […]

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December 8, 2023

Mayo Clinic Health System physician-turned-patient celebrates wedding a week and a half after cancer diagnosis — thanks to her care team

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Christina Wika, D.O., learned she had leukemia a week and a half before her wedding. Treatment plans took over wedding plans, until her care team suggested hosting the wedding at the hospital. They worked together to plan “a perfect evening,” according to Dr. Wika. “Mayo Clinic is my first job,” she says. “And hopefully, my […]

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December 4, 2023

Meet My Team: How Physician Recruitment and Licensure team helps bring best, brightest to Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Physician and executive recruitment coordinators help ensure that potential staff members experience the best of Mayo Clinic during the recruitment and interview process. Learn why they frequently replace their shoes, what they would look for in a new colleague, and what they’d call themselves if they were a band. Mayo Clinic is a team of […]

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December 1, 2023

Doctor and medical student serve lunch, dignity and more to homeless patient

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When a patient experiencing homelessness revealed his favorite meal, Allison Ducharme-Smith, M.D., made a point to deliver it to him for lunch one day. Medical student Christeebella (Bella) Akpala delivered, too, helping connect the patient with a place to call home. The hospital was somewhere Ben (not his real name) had been before. He didn’t […]

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November 30, 2023

Here and There: Building blessing, colorful contest, festive robots

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Learn why construction of the Andersen Building in Rochester came to a brief halt, how therapy staff across Mayo were honored through a poster coloring contest, and why you may run into some festively decked-out robots in Rochester.

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