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July 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Not-so-random acts of kindness

By Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic employee, Danielle Teal, distributes flowers and shares kindness throughout the Mayo Clinic Rochester Campus. It started with a blog post. Danielle Teal, a web production specialist at Mayo Clinic, had written about her New Year's resolution to do one simple act of kindness every day of the year. A friend was so inspired by Teal's post that she decided she'd try to do the same, each week. That, in turn, "re-inspired" Teal, who wondered if they could turn this whole "random act of kindness" thing into something a little bigger.

Fast forward to a Friday in May, when Teal and a group of other random Mayo Clinic do-gooders spent their collective lunch break around Mayo's Rochester campus handing out flowers, candy, toys, hugs and smiles to anyone who'd take them.

Teal says she began assembling what she dubbed a "random act of kindness flash mob" by sending out an email to some of her "Mayo peeps." She then took to Mayo's internal social and collaboration network, Yammer, and before long, they had something of a movement. "We had people at the Mayo Clinic Florida site doing it, too," she says. Others who couldn't be there committed to random acts of kindness whenever they could. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Fighting for the Fighters at #TheDonna

By Jason Pratt

Mayo Clinic's Cindy Weiss, public affairs, (left) and Monique Damm, public affairs intern, (right) at the 26.2 with Donna.

Mayo Clinic's Cindy Weiss, public affairs, (left) and Monique Damm, public affairs intern, (right) at the 26.2 with Donna.

Words can't begin to describe my feelings on that cold February morning as I watched thousands of people run through the start line at the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.

As an intern at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Public Affairs, I had assisted with preparations for this event. But as I stood there watching the runners and walkers, I realized there was so much more to it. The energy was almost palpable. The passion and commitment of the participants, despite a half hour delay and the near freezing temperatures, was obvious. It seemed like everyone was smiling.

Working with Team Mayo Clinic, I learned the Donna event was not just about breast cancer.  While 70 percent of the proceeds received from the 26.2 with Donna events support breast cancer research, other programs at Mayo Clinic also benefit from the findings, including those aimed at lung, pancreas, thyroid and ovarian cancer.

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February 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

#TheDonna Series: 4 Divas and a Dude

By Jason Pratt

(left to right) Claudette Goode, Margaret Russell, Leel Williams, Karla Phipps and Karol Rojas approach the finish line of the 2012 26.2 with Donna race in Jacksonville, FL.

(left to right) Claudette Goode, Margaret Russell, Leel Williams, Karla Phipps and Karol Rojas approach the finish line of the 2012 26.2 with Donna race in Jacksonville, FL.
(view more photos at on our Flickr page.)

The sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is less than two days away and many of the 10,000-plus participants are anything but seasoned athletes. Take Karol Rajos, a Mayo Clinic employee, who wanted to find a way to honor her Aunt Esther, a breast cancer survivor, and her grandmother Ninita, who passed away from the disease. The annual marathon held each February seemed like a good outlet. So in 2011, Rajos ran her first half marathon.

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February 5th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

#TheDonna Series: For Mothers and Others

By Jason Pratt

After chemotherapy and radiation (from left to right) Erin Holman (neice), Kathy Kennely, Bradley Kennelly (son), Gladys Donovan

After chemotherapy and radiation (from left to right)
Erin Holman (neice), Kathy Kennely, Bradley Kennelly (son), Gladys Donovan

While one would expect members of Mayo Clinic’s department of neurology to support community events, you’d probably assume it would be related to things like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s or Lou Gerhig’s disease (also known as ALS). But breast cancer? Indeed.

It seems as if everyone knows someone who is affected by the disease and Mayo Clinic neurologists Elliot Dimberg, M.D. and Kathleen Kennelly, M.D., Ph.D. and several of their colleagues, are no exception.

While Dr. Dimberg’s practice clearly does not focus on breast cancer patients, research opportunities are important to the neurologist, who says he’s lacing up his sneakers on for a third time to participate in the 26.2 with Donna in part because of the great relationship between the organization and Mayo Clinic. He cites the marathon’s contributions to help spur bench research. “I love being a part of something that directly benefits both the clinic and the local community,” he says.

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January 29th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

#TheDonna Series: A Certified Cheerer and First Aid Captain

By Jason Pratt

Volunteer Shawn Gallup, member of Mayo Clinic’s nursing team

Volunteer Shawn Gallup, member of Mayo Clinic’s nursing team

Thousands are preparing to lace up their sneakers for the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer on Sunday, Feb. 17, and in doing so, supporting ongoing research at Mayo Clinic related to breast cancer. But it takes a lot of people to ensure the success of the marathon. Shawn Gallup, a member of Mayo Clinic’s nursing team, has pretty much done it all for the annual event. He’s been a certified cheerer, a first aid station captain, and a major part of the medical and critical care team. This year, though he’s not sure of what role he’ll have but he will be plenty busy before the event. As the new Chest Pain Coordinator on the Florida campus, he’ll be spending lots of time at the runner’s expo, Friday and Saturday at the Prime Osborne Convention Center, educating the community on cardiac disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 24th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

#TheDonna Series: Running for Aunt Donna

By Jason Pratt

Ashley's Aunt Donna

Ashley's Aunt Donna

Thousands are preparing to lace up their sneakers for the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer on Sunday, February 17, 2013, and in doing so, supporting ongoing research (PDF) at Mayo Clinic related to breast cancer.

Ashley Crofton is one of them. Although she works in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Transplant, she is committed to the Donna marathon and is preparing to run her second half marathon on Feb. 17. She participates each year for her Aunt Donna - no relation to Donna Deegan – who Crofton says is the strongest woman she ever met. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I am an Intern Improving My Heart Health

By CSMMayo

Written by Jeff Schneider, Intern with Public Affairs in Florida

Interns Jeff and Kim at WJXT

(left-right) Rob Sweeting (WJXT anchor), Kim Nahm (Mayo Clinic Public Affairs intern), Mary Baer (WJXT anchor) and Jeff Schneider (Mayo Clinic Public Affairs intern)

Working as an intern in the Public Affairs department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.,  I expected to learn about health care. Little did I realize I’d be learning so much about my own health and how to improve it.

In the past two weeks, I not only passed out flyers, worked events and assisted the staff – all things I expected – but I also helped with press releases and media advisories on topics ranging from hurricane preparedness to cancer and heart health.

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September 14th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Apple Says Mayo Clinic is Using the iPad to Deliver Better Patient Care

By Jason Pratt

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Tim Cook mentioning Mayo Clinic's app at the 9:39 mark of his keynote.

On Wednesday, in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in front of a crowd of tech-hungry journalists, bloggers, tweeters and photographers who were sharing with the world every word of the nearly two-hour keynote. Aside from the big iPhone 5 announcement, Apple highlighted ways various businesses are using their mobile products.

Talking about companies that are creating their own apps for both iPhone and iPad, Tim says "...or this one from Mayo Clinic, which helps thousands of doctors deliver better patient care" within of the first 10 minutes of Wednesday's keynote.

The app that he was referring to and the one you see on the iPad in this photo is called SynthesisMobile. Mayo physicians use this app each day on iPads and iPhones to access patients' electronic medical records (EMR), dictate clinical notes, view lab results and do many other patient-related tasks. Mayo Clinic developed this application because physicians wanted a mobile, easier and faster way to access patient information. The iPad and the SynthesisMobile app helped saved a man's life at Mayo Clinic's Health Living Center earlier this year.

Mayo Clinic Patient App

In March 2012 Mayo Clinic launched the Mayo Clinic Patient app, designed to help patients with a quick and accurate way of accessing their personal health information, online appointments, lab results and more. You can download this free app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the Apple App Store. Watch this video to learn more about this useful app.
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August 27th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Touring and Tweeting #MayoClinicFL with #ilovejax

By Jason Pratt

photoOn Thursday August 23, Dr. William C. Rupp, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, hosted a tour of the campus for approximately 30 members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Chamber’s #ilovejax campaign.

The tour highlighted Mayo’s patient care shield with a visits to patient care floors and the emergency department led by Dr. Nancy Dawson and Hilary Mathews.

[view photo gallery on Mayo Clinic's flickr]

The guests then visited Laboratory Medicine in the Stabile Building where Nancy Moody and Frank Ray showed them some of the esoteric testing done by Mayo Medical Laboratories in support for more than 65 hospitals in the Southeast. They also visited the temporary Simulation Center where they discussed the latest technology in robot simulation with Gene Richie.

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During a bus tour of the West Campus, Dr. Rupp discussed how integration and teamwork set Mayo apart and shared plans for future campus expansion.

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July 16th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

From resident to fellow…in social media.

By makalajohnson

Social media can be a scary, intimidating thing. The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media offers hands-on, rigorous training sessions to those who would like to apply social media to their work and make it a little less scary. Anyone can attend, including Mayo Clinic employees and volunteers, but also external professionals.

I attended the Social Media Residency as part of my Public Affairs internship at Mayo Clinic. In this role, I am involved in a variety of areas, but mostly internal communications. I create communication pieces about topics including employee achievements, patient stories, research, and keeping employees informed and aware of things happening at Mayo Clinic. In several of these roles, internal social media is considered, allowing me to create communication plans centered around these tools. I chose to attend the residency not only to hone my skills for my current job, but to make myself a more marketable candidate for future employment; social media matters, and more and more employers are looking for professionals well-versed in it.

I participated in the Social Media Residency at the Rochester campus on June 25 and 26. The two-day residency guided us through the use of many social media tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yammer, Pinterest, WordPress and YouTube. A social media expert presented each tool in depth, and we were then asked to discuss how we could apply each tool to our work areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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