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Florida Double Lung Transplant Recipients ‘Pay it Forward’

Posted on August 7th, 2013 by Admin

Portrait of John McGill, Mayo Clinic patient

John McGill, Mayo Clinic patient and double-lung transplant recipient in December 2012.

When Richard Oppelt of Melbourne, Fla., became the first lung-transplant program patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida in June 2001, he never thought that 12 years later he’d be helping someone else with the same situation deal with his recovery. But that’s exactly what Oppelt did in Dec. 2012 when he heard John McGill, a friend of 20 years, needed someone to provide some caregiver support after his double-lung transplant surgery.

McGill was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that affects breathing and absorption of oxygen by the lungs, on Dec. 5, 2012. Oppelt, who knew McGill through working in the construction industry in Melbourne, became aware of McGill’s diagnosis through co-workers. Having gone through the same procedure, Oppelt felt inclined to offer his help.

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Blood Donations Help Keep Young Man Alive

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by makalajohnson

Picture of Doug Frye"I am a brain tumor survivor who spent 10 weeks at the wonderful Mayo Clinic. During this time, I had many bleeding complications. The doctors had to give me blood products on multiple occasions. Simply put, without those blood donations, I would not be alive today. Since my return home (Kansas), the Red Cross has graciously held 2 blood drives in my honor. It feels great to contribute to a cause that likely helped saved my life. The Mayo Clinic and Red Cross are both very near and dear to my heart. Honestly, I cannot say enough about the staff and facilities that Mayo Clinic has to offer. I am forever grateful." -Doug Frye

---Every six minutes, Mayo Clinic patients like Doug Frye require blood or blood products. Because blood cannot be manufactured, our patients depend on the generosity of volunteer blood donors who donate at Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center and the American Red Cross. Blood is needed to help save the lives of surgical patients, accident and trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, and patients with cancer and other diseases. One unit of blood can save up to three lives. Mayo Clinic applauds Doug's efforts to encourage others to help save lives by donating blood. Mayo Clinic invites you to donate blood to help assure that blood is available for a friend, loved one or another patient. For more information contact Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center at 507-284-4475, donateblood@mayo.edu or go to http://www.Mayoclinic.org/donate-blood-rst.---

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Empathize Like A Doctor, Design Like An Entrepreneur

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by makalajohnson

WRITTEN BY: James Oliver Senior and Adam Dole

"The health care industry is a slow-moving dinosaur, but health-related apps often fail to take into account any understanding of medicine. How can we bridge that gap?...

...At Mayo Clinic, we work on inter-disciplinary product teams that include designers, strategists, health care professionals, technology partners, and most importantly patients. Yet even with designers embedded inside Mayo Clinic, we routinely encounter wicked problems (problems that are impossible to solve because of unclear or changing requirements) when it comes to implementing solutions into clinical operation. Driving product development towards better health care outcomes requires the coordination of many aspects of the health-delivery system...."

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If you play sports, do you get regular screenings done?

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: If you play sports, do you get regular screenings done?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

Visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/moa for more information about Mayo Clinic at Mall of America or click here to respond to other questions.

What would help you to eat healthier?

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: What would help you to eat healthier?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

Visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/moa for more information about Mayo Clinic at Mall of America or click here to respond to other questions.

What kind of sports are you interested in?

Posted on July 13th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: What kind of sports are you interested in?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

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In the heat of summer, what are your biggest concerns about skin health?

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: In the heat of summer, what are your biggest concerns about skin health?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

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If something “runs in your family”, what do you do?

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: If something "runs in your family", what do you do?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

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What kinds of tools would you like to see to help you track your health/wellness?

Posted on June 28th, 2011 by makalajohnson

We need your help to find out how Mayo Clinic can best meet your health care needs at Mall of America®.

We want to hear from you: What kinds of tools would you like to see to help you track your health/wellness?

Please add your response as a comment. We appreciate your ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at the Mall!

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Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center – Donna Termont

Posted on May 26th, 2011 by makalajohnson

Donna Termont shares her experience at the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center.

Donna tells her story about hair loss due to the side effects of chemotherapy and how the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center helped her through the physical and emotional side effects of her treatments.

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