I, like many on the Mayo team, came to the Mayo Clinic through unexpected circumstances and/or stayed much longer than I expected. I love to tell stories, so here is my Mayo Clinic journey.
While I was finishing my undergraduate degree, my parents moved to Spring Valley, Minn. â€“ 26 miles southeast of Rochester. I moved â€śhomeâ€ť the summer after I graduated from Macalester College while I began my job hunt. With my degree in chemistry and geology, I had expected to work for a mining company or paper manufacturer.
That summer, I met my soul mate in Spring Valley. His relatives and friends said to me, â€śWhy donâ€™t you apply to Mayo Clinic?â€ť Although my grandmother had received wonderful care at the Mayo Clinic, my first thought was Mayo wouldnâ€™t hire me; I knew nothing about health care. I was wrong! I accepted the first position for which I applied as a Research Technologist. I could put my chemistry degree to work! At that time I wasnâ€™t at all sure how long I would stay at Mayo Clinic.
My career at Mayo has been fulfilling and fun. I spent my first 10 years in Research; my next 15 years were in Purchasing. My last four years have been as the Assistant Dean for the Mayo School of Health Sciences.
I was fortunate to spend almost eight years at Mayo Clinic Arizona. I helped with the beginnings of the Research shield at Mayo Clinic Arizona and participated in building the first hospital that Mayo Clinic ever built â€“ all other Mayo hospitals had been acquired by Mayo rather than built by Mayo.
Like many others,Â I was thinking I may only stay for a few years, and thenÂ I look back and 30 years have passed. The opportunities to make a difference in Research, with new initiatives like building a hospital and to work with our students - who are the future of Mayo Clinic - has kept me loving my being part of the Mayo Clinic team.
Mayo has also cared for my family in ways that I will always appreciate more than words can tell; however, I will try to tell that story at another time.