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August 22, 2017 · Leave a Comment

It’s Official: John McKee Becomes a Mayo Volunteer

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

John McKee sold his home in Iowa and moved to Rochester to give back in the best way he knew how: as a grateful Mayo volunteer. 

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


July 27, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Welcome Desks a Welcome Sight to Patients, Visitors and Staff at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

“Why is there no train if it’s called a subway?” “Why don’t they install moving walkways, like at airports?” “How do you get to Carroll’s Corn?”

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Tags: Bonnie Maher, Brian Lesher, Carol Swanson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


May 2, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Taking the Fear out of the Hospital, With Furry Friends and Fun

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

It may look like Amy K. Olson’s job is all fun and games. Her 9-to-5 routine includes activities like playing bingo, bandaging dolls and leading crazy “crafternoons.” But for Olson, a child life specialist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, all that play has a serious purpose. “Our job in child life is to provide education […]

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Tags: Amy K. Olson, Caring Canines, Child Life Specialist, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


September 15, 2016 · Leave a Comment

After 25 Years of Care, Grateful Patient Wants to Return to Mayo as a Volunteer

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When John McKee retires next month, he and his wife, Rosemary, could make a bee line for their condo in Florida, where they’ve spent the past few winters. But Florida isn’t where the McKees long to be. Instead, they’re dreaming of moving north – 100 miles north of their home in Waverly, Iowa, to Rochester, […]

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Tags: Dr. David Holmes Jr., John McKee, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


July 28, 2016 · Leave a Comment

‘Young or Old, We All Have the Need to Touch Other People’s Lives’

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

After she retired from Rochester Public Schools, Karen Koeller started a new gig as a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic Store. Officially, she’s there to help patients find medical supplies. But perhaps more importantly, she’s there to listen. “Each week I hear stories from patients of how the doctors, nurses and staff saved their life,” […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Store, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


April 21, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Former Brain Tumor Patient and Biology Professor Has Helping Others Down to a Science

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In the summer of 2013, Anika Geibel was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor. She was just 7 1/2 years old. The diagnosis turned her life — and the lives of her family members — upside down. “We had been medically evacuated from Africa (where Anika was born and raised) and nothing seemed […]

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Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


April 12, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Books of Hope — Mayo Patient Starts Book Drive to Help Others like Her

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Every now and again, there comes a moment when something becomes so clear it compels us to act. For Madelaine Trewin, that moment of clarity came in the waiting room of Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center in Rochester shortly after she was diagnosed with amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome. “I was having a particularly rough day that day, and […]

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Tags: Becky Hynes, Book Drive, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


November 10, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Many Caring Hands Make Compassionate Work

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

The patient was scheduled for surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus the next day. Her nurse, noticing the woman seemed “very anxious” about her procedure, contacted Mayo’s Volunteer Services department and suggested a hand massage might help calm her nerves. “The woman indicated she was at a tipping point after dealing with cancer since 1984 […]

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