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Sep 11, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

Woman Gives Kidney to Ailing Sister, Walks a 5K Two Weeks Later

Two sisters stand next to each other, Terri McMillan on the left and Tammi Cummings on the right

Terri McMillan (left), kidney transplant recipient, with her sister and kidney donor, Tammi Cummings.

When Tammi Cummings learned that her sister, Terri McMillan, needed a kidney transplant after a 40-year history of diabetes finally took its toll on her health, she never hesitated for a second about the idea of providing one of her own kidneys.

Cummings, 52, of West Melbourne, Fla., not only gave her sister a renewed lease on life by donating one of her kidneys, but she has shown that doing so wasn’t a major physical disruption in her life. In fact, just two weeks after donating her kidney, she participated in a 5K walk called the “National Kidney Foundation Footprints in the Sand Walk” at the Cocoa Beach Pier.

“My doctors told me to start walking to help speed up my recovery, so that’s exactly what I did,” says Cummings. “The short-term discomfort of donating my kidney was nothing compared to the reward of knowing that I was able to help my sister, who was suffering from kidney disease.”

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aqib responded Sep 26, 2013 · View

GOOD

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williams responded Sep 27, 2013 · View

What an amazing woman and sacrifice she gave for her sister! Ms. Cummings, you are truly a testimony to others throughout the world. Donation of a kidney is a major surgery, but it is a lifesaver for many people. Having surgery of any type is difficult. For your recovery to start walking and do a 5K in a few short weeks later is amazing. Congratulations to you and your sister!

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Sep 5, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

A lifetime of lessons in 20 short years

Ashley Jagodzinski

Ashley Jagodzinski

It hasn't been an easy path for Ashley Jagodzinski. To say the least. So you'll pardon Ashley and her mom (Mayo employee Erin Jagodzinski) if they're a touch enthusiastic about Ashley officially starting her college career this fall.

A few things conspired to stop Ashley from getting to this point. Three open-heart surgeries by age 12 (the first, at just 6 months of age). Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. A stroke. A brain hemorrhage. Seizures. And, astoundingly, and sadly, bullies who picked on Ashley for missing school when her physical difficulties took a toll.

Ashley and her family turned to Mayo Clinic often during those years. And at age 17, after suffering a stroke, seizures and a brain hemorrhage, Ashley and her family moved to Rochester to be closer to Mayo. [...]

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Aug 22, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

Young girl becomes champion for scoliosis screening

Kelsey O'Leary

Kelsey O'Leary

It's a rare teenager who puts in overtime. Kelsey O'Leary is that teen.

At age 12, Kelsey was diagnosed with scoliosis and fitted with a brace by Mayo Clinic physicians. The Rochester, Minn., girl wore the brace day and night — logging more than the recommended hours — for three years.

Kelsey, now 17, and her parents, Amaria Najem O'Leary and Patrick O'Leary, credit her perseverance with a remarkable outcome. After three years of bracing, the curvature of Kelsey's spine was improved — an unusual result for a treatment that is designed to keep spinal curvature from worsening.

"I was really surprised and happy about that," says Kelsey, a theater and arts aficionado. "I was always told that bracing doesn't cure scoliosis, but it did actually improve the curvature of my spine, which is very rare."   [...]

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Aug 14, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

The Woman Patient: Is Her Voice Heard?

Portrait of Dr. Mary I. O'Connor, chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Mary I. O'Connor, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

[Editor's Note: Following is an article by Mary I. O'Connor, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida, sharing her perspective on how gender affects the care of women today.]

Should a woman have a female doctor? As a woman and an orthopedic surgeon, I am sometimes asked that question. While some women may be more comfortable discussing intimate matters related to sexual and reproductive health with a woman physician, a general assumption is that the care provided to patients by physicians is not influenced by gender. Unfortunately, data suggests that women do not always receive the same care as men.

This is not a simple issue. There are many factors that influence the patient-physician interaction and relationship. But the factor that may be the most powerful may be one we know surprisingly little about in the health care setting: unconscious bias. Unconscious bias may be the reason women receive fewer kidney transplants and heart surgeries. It may be so powerful that it even influences the care provided to children. A 2011 study by Butani and Perez showed girls are 22 percent less likely to be placed on a kidney transplant list than boys. Because an earlier transplant equates to better health, this gender disparity likely impacts the long-term outcome of these young women.

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carolynthomas responded Oct 18, 2013 · View

Thanks Dr. O'Connor for this important - and shocking - overview of a pervasive issue in health care. I've been writing about (and living with!) the reality of gender imbalance and unconscious bias since my own "widow maker" heart attack in 2008 (and my subsequent participation in Mayo Clinic's "WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium" that same year). Even the name of my cardiac diagnosis tells you that docs don't consider this a woman's issue, right? [...]

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Aug 7, 2013 by hinadmin · View  

Florida Double Lung Transplant Recipients ‘Pay it Forward’

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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Aug 5, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

Wayzata High School Making Strides Against Cancer

Top Row from left to right: Anders Bowman, Mark Harries, Chris Wilson, Oliver Haugland, Joe Meister, Andy Kleven, Chris Olmanson, Jack McCarty, Nate Heintzman, Evan Day, Landon Lozano

This past June, the Wayzata High School Track team organized a fundraiser in support of the Mayo Clinic, and in particular to raise money for their work in cancer research. There are two fathers of runners on the team who have battled cancer and have been treated at the Mayo Clinic and the team wanted to support them and people in similar situations to them by conducting a fundraiser.

The choice of fundraiser: a potentially world-record-breaking relay-marathon. The world record for one man to run a marathon is 2:03:59, a 4:43 minute per mile average for 26.2 miles. The Wayzata team attempted to break this daunting record in relay-fashion by running 26 one-mile legs and a .2 mile leg together at the end around a track.

The team dedicated the race to the two fathers of runners on the team who have battled cancer and the team raised money from members of the community to support them. The runners ended up coming a minute and a half short of the record, but all was not lost as the community was very supportive of the cause and was very willing to donate.

The Wayzata High School Track team was able to raise $7,000 for cancer research from this event and they hope that this can help make great strides in the battle against cancer.

This post was submitted by Valerie Eggers, Development Associate, Department of Development

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Jul 21, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center

Bonnie Lenz, a patient at Mayo Clinic shares her story of the cosmetic side effects chemotherapy and radiation had on her personal appearance and the positive impact the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center and the Look Good…Feel Better program made during her treatment.

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Jul 16, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

A sign for the times

On July 10, the Florida campus unveiled a new sign viewable from a mile away. The new mark on the Davis Building prominently displays “Mayo Clinic” day and night to those traveling the busy highway to and from the coastal communities.

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A new sign is installed atop the Davis Building on the Florida campus.

And, it’s not just a standard sign with letters on a building – it’s an aluminum and screen wall 18 feet high and spanning 90 feet between two elevator penthouses. It was built in four panels anchored through the roof and tied to the structural steel. The panels were each raised and lowered into place by a helicopter.

The technology is similar to the display on top of Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona. It uses perforated film allowing LED lights to shine through it creating a white illuminated letter at night. During the day, only the blue film color is visible, displaying blue letters.

However, the sign in Florida had to meet one criteria that wasn't necessary in Arizona: it had to withstand 120-mph wind loads in case of a hurricane. It also had to be visible from a mile away. To test the legibility of the letters at that distance, full size test banner letters were temporarily mounted and checked from one of the significant distance points – the San Pablo Bridge.

The original mark on the Davis Building displayed “Mayo” for about 10 years. It was removed about two years ago while a new solution was designed.

This article was submitted by Kathy Barbour, Public Affairs communication consultant in Mayo Clinic in Florida.

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Jun 17, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

It was a beautiful day in this neighborhood.

Mr. McFeely, the beloved delivery man of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” visited Mayo Clinic on June 16.

Wearing his signature “Speedy Delivery” suit, actor David Newell, who plays Mr. McFeely, sang classic Mister Rogers’ songs with puppets “King Friday” and “Daniel Tiger” in the Gonda building atrium.

Newell was in Rochester as part of a visit arranged by KSMQ Public Television. During his visits to the Gonda building, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, Newell collected sweaters as part of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive. All collected sweaters were donated to the Rochester Salvation Army.

Here’s a video of Newell performing in the Gonda building:

This post was submitted by Lauren Rothering, a summer intern in the Mayo Clinic Department of Public Affairs in Rochester

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May 6, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

Cured - And Racing for One

In this short interview, Beth P., a two-time breast cancer survivor, talks about her battle with the dreaded disease, her experience at Mayo Clinic and her unique role with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Minnesota Affiliate.

On Sunday, May 9, Beth will volunteer for her 14th Race for the Cure event since 1996. For more information on the Race for the Cure, visit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Web site or share your own story (and read a number of others) on the Together for the Cure blog.

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Mar 10, 2010 by hinadmin · View  

Help Advance Medicine by Joining ResearchMatch

On its journey from the laboratory to the patient, research must pass through an important checkpoint: the research volunteer. However, it’s often difficult for researchers to locate enough eligible participants for a particular study — and potential volunteers have few places to look for research opportunities.

These challenges inspired the creation of ResearchMatch , a national registry that connects you with research volunteer opportunities. This first-of-its-kind registry — developed by a consortium of institutions holding Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), including Mayo Clinic — is secure, Web-based and free.

ResearchMatch is currently accepting registrations from potential research volunteers. By joining as a ResearchMatch volunteer, you are not registering to participate in any specific study — rather, you are registering your interest to be contacted about studies that may be a good fit for you. Joining takes between 5-10 minutes.

Learn more by visiting the ResearchMatch Web site .

This post was submitted by Matt Sluzinski, communications consultant in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

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Jun 18, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

Celebrating Nursing

With the economy the way it is, I wasn't sure what, if anything, would be taking place during Nurses Week to celebrate our wonderful nurses here in Jacksonville. I was happy to see that our Clinical Education Department put together a week-long series of events to celebrate. [...]

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Jun 8, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

License Plates

It’s 5:04 p.m. on a normal Tuesday afternoon. The parking lot is starting to empty and the exits on the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus are busy. I am anxious to get home after a long work day, but while waiting in line to turn right onto 56th Street, I am reminded of the pride we all take in working here.

Directly in front of me are two cars with personalized license plates that say “I SCRUB” and “HAPPYRN.” Even when hurrying home, you can see the pride our Mayo Clinic employees have for the work that they do!

Submitted by: Jacqueline Thesling, Arizona Human Resources

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May 28, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

What I Learned at Mayo Clinic Was Shocking

The first Pinot and Prevention Party

The first Pinot and Prevention Party

I am not a Mayo Clinic employee, and I've never been a Mayo Clinic patient.

But I am a heart attack survivor who last October travelled from the West Coast of Canada to Rochester to attend the annual WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium for Women With Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic - the first Canadian ever invited to attend!

I discovered that this Symposium was part world-class cardiology education (with lectures from Mayo cardiologist like Dr. Sharonne Hayes and Dr. Rekha Mankad among others) and part community activism bootcamp!

What we learned at Mayo Clinic was shocking, even to heart attack survivors:

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Apr 29, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

Coding Specialists at Mayo Clinic Florida

At first glance, you might think a Coding Specialist was an expert at announcing the codes heard frequently in the clinic and hospital corridors. "Code Red Davis 4 East." However, at Mayo Clinic, our Coding Specialists do something a bit different. These are the people who assign the appropriate codes for the various treatments patients receive upon visiting Mayo Clinic.

These men and women work diligently to determine the codes that apply to diverse procedures, while keeping current with all of the changes constantly occurring in the health care arena. It's a challenging position, and those selected as a Mayo Clinic Coding Specialist have met meticulous standards, including achieving certification from organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association, AHIMA, and passing a rigorous coding test prior to hire.

Mayo Clinic always looks for talented individuals to serve the needs of the patient. If you know anyone with an Associate's degree in a healthcare related field and an RHIA, RHIT, or CCS from AHIMA, please ask them to visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/jobs-jaxand apply for one of our openings. We're just waiting for the next Coding Specialist to step through our doors!

This post was written by Caroline Karsner who is a Recruitment Coordinator at Mayo Clinic Florida.

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Mar 5, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

Mayo Clinic Job Application Process

For six years in a row, Mayo Clinic has been voted one of Forbes “100 Best Companies to Work For” and with the economy as it is, you may be asking yourself “how do I get a position at Mayo Clinic?” As a Staffing Specialist in the Human Resources department in Arizona, I can only speak to positions at this site, but I can share some helpful hints and some insight into our application process.

If you have ever attempted to apply for a position at Mayo Clinic, then you understand what I mean when I say that the process can be a bit tedious, but I assure you that there is a method to our madness. Because Mayo Clinic is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a government contractor, we are held to certain standards and regulations as an employer and one of our main goals is to show fair and equal hiring practices. We have found that one of the best ways to track our hiring process and to show fair and equal hiring practices is through our online application system; therefore, all resumes/applications must go through the Intranet/Internet website. Resumes given directly to managers or supervisors cannot be considered as applications or place a candidate in official applicant status.

Once a position is approved it is posted either departmental only, internal to current Mayo employees only, or to the general public. If the position is public, then you will see it on Mayo Clinic's site for jobs in Arizona  or http://www.mayo-clinic-jobs.com/. The process is very easy from this point forward:

Step 1: Identify which positions you are interested in applying to. Please apply for each specific position that you are interested in, as applications are not kept in a general file and you are not able to submit a general application.

Step 2: Create a username and password. If you have created a profile in the past, please update your existing profile rather than creating a new profile. You should call the Employment Service Center (ESC) at 1-888-266-0440 if you need assistance with your username or password.

Step 3: Complete five application sections: Personal Info, Work Preference, Employment History, Education, Cert/License, and a Summary. If all five of the application sections and the summary are not complete, you will receive an “incomplete application” e-mail. Although attaching a resume is desired by most hiring managers, completion of the entire application is also necessary, including entering all previous employers into the “Employment History” section. Please be as accurate as possible on all sections particularly with dates of employment, work history and, if applicable, any criminal convictions. Helpful hint: Include work history up to the past 10 years and any relevant experience to the job you are applying to.

Step 4: Confirm you have applied to all positions of interest.

Step 5: The department’s assigned Staffing Specialist will be the first person to review your application. If you meet all of the minimum requirements listed in the job description and any additional pre-set criteria that the manager has is requiring, then your application will be forwarded on to the hiring manager. If you do not meet these qualifications, then you will receive an e-mail notification. It is very important to provide your e-mail on your application, so that you can receive any notifications (i.e. receipt of application, incomplete application, etc.).

Step 6: After the hiring manager reviews your application, he/she will determine whether they would like to schedule an interview. If so you will receive a phone call from the hiring manager or a representative; otherwise, you will receive an e-mail notification. Please be aware that turnaround times may vary depending upon volume of applicants and needs of the department. The process may take several weeks.

If you do receive an e-mail notification, please do not be discouraged. Many of our positions are high volume positions and receive a large number of applications. Please continue to apply to all positions in which you meet the minimum qualifications and are positions of interest.

Well, I hope this information has helped. Good luck on your job search!

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Feb 3, 2009 by hinadmin · View  

Florida Campus Prepares for Marathon

 

Banner welcomes breast cancer marathon runners to the Florida campus.

Banner welcomes breast cancer marathon runners to the Florida campus.

More than 7,000 runners are expected on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus Feb. 15 for the second annual 26.2 with Donna, the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. But it’s not just runners who must prepare for a race.

 

When the marathon and half-marathon kick off at 7:30 a.m. that Sunday, it will mark the end of months of preparation by members of Mayo’s marathon committee, who have been working with race organizers and Jacksonville city officials to welcome the runners. This is no simple task, since it involves road closings, accommodating potential ambulance traffic to Mayo’s hospital and getting the word to hospital patients and their families. Although Mayo normally welcomes patients and visitors, this is one time it might be best to stay away, especially from 6 to 9 a.m. Feb. 15. And if you are inconvenienced, please remember it’s all for a good cause.

 

Feb. 15 marks the second time Mayo Clinic's Florida campus hosts the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer.

Feb. 15 marks the second time Mayo Clinic's Florida campus hosts the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer.

Donna Deegan, a Jacksonville television news anchor and Mayo Clinic patient, created the event to raise money for breast cancer research and care. Deegan has survived two recurrences of breast cancer.

 

Race weekend events also include an off-campus Health & Fitness Expo and an educational program on cutting-edge breast cancer research for doctors and scientists.

More marathon info.

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