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Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center to open sports medicine facility in downtown Minneapolis
ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Feb. 4, 2014 ― Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx today announced a partnership which extends the Mayo Model of Care for patients in sports medicine to the Twin Cities. The collaboration includes: 1) the opening of a Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at 600 Hennepin, 2) designating Mayo as the preferred medical provider for the teams, and 3) utilizing the teams’ international reach to educate the public about numerous health and wellness topics.
Mayo Clinic will be a part of the redevelopment of 600 Hennepin, formerly known as “Block E,” in downtown Minneapolis, where Mayo will open a Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center facility and the Timberwolves and Lynx will open a new practice facility. Mayo and the teams will occupy the third level. 600 Hennepin will be renamed “Mayo Clinic Square.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and meet the wellness, performance and rehabilitation needs of Twin Cities residents,” says Michael Stuart, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, and team physician for USA Hockey.
Journalists: Sound bites with Mr. Flip Saunders, President of Basketball Operations, and Drs. Stuart, Laskowski and Wald are available in the downloads. B-roll of Tuesday's news conference is also available.
Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, and Provident Real Estate Ventures will announce collaboration at 600 Hennepin (Block E).
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. CT
600 Hennepin Ave.
(Valet parking available at Graves 601 Hotel)
Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
Michael Stuart, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
John T. Wald, M.D., medical director for marketing and public affairs, Mayo Clinic
Rob Moor, CEO, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
Flip Saunders, president of basketball operations, Minnesota Timberwolves
Phillip Jaffe, co-owner, 600 Hennepin, and principal & CEO, Provident Real Estate Ventures
Carl Runck, development manager, Camelot LLC
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers found that improvement of mood over the course of post-acute brain rehabilitation is associated with increased participation in day-to-day activities, independent living, and ability to work after rehabilitation is complete.
MULTIMEDIA ALERT: Video of Dr. Bergquist is available for download from the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Each year, millions of patients are diagnosed with acquired brain injuries, such as concussion, strokes and brain tumors, many of whom go on to have persistent symptoms. For these patients, brain rehabilitation is an important part of their recovery.
"People should not ignore psychological issues, such as mood swings or ability to communicate with family members," says Thomas Bergquist, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic's Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry and Psychology. "Comprehensive brain rehabilitation can address both physical and personal problems to help improve outcomes for patients, including improved physical function, the ability to live independently and maintain a job."
Dr. Bergquist recommends a holistic approach to brain injury rehabilitation. Focusing solely on physical function, for example, represents, "medical myopia and care givers might miss the biggest problem," he says.
Notes that exercise remains the 'silver bullet' to maintain muscle mass in the aging
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The progressive loss of skeletal muscle during aging, known as sarcopenia, underlies limitations in physical function and mobility, which in turn lead to falls, loss of independence, institutionalization and even death. Mayo Clinic researcher Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic's Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, presented an update on promising strategies and therapies to restore skeletal muscle health in the face of aging and disease during a symposium at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference.
MULTIMEDIA ALERT: Video of Dr. LeBrasseur is available for download from the Mayo Clinic News Network.
What is the significance of muscle for overall health?
Dr. LeBrasseur: "We achieve peak muscle mass by our early 40s, and have a progressive deterioration from that point on, resulting in as much as a 50 percent loss by the time we are in our 80s or 90s. Most of us will lose approximately 30 percent over our lifetime. Muscle is a fundamental organ as we age, helping to maintain physical function, including the ability to walk, climb stairs, get out of a chair, or lift objects. These are things that determine our autonomy and independence as we age.
"Muscle is also critically important for metabolism in the context oftype 2 diabetes, because it is the primary site where we store sugars and a primary determinant of our metabolic rate. It is also able to improve our resiliency to various stressors as we age, both physical and psychological, and as a result, fends off frailty. Interestingly, we and others are increasingly looking at muscle as an endocrine organ, and examining how it interacts with other organs, such as the brain. Therefore, by maintaining muscle health as we age, we can have a better overall quality of life."
What types of therapies are available to mitigate muscle loss?
Dr. LeBrasseur: "We are looking at promising therapies, including inhibiting the protein myostatin for those who require therapeutic intervention. Muscles naturally produce myostatin and its role is to prevent the growth of and cause the degradation of muscle. By administering a myostatin blocker, we and other researchers have demonstrated robust increases in muscle mass in mice and other animals. Our goal is to find ways to combine pharmacological and behavioral strategies to enhance muscle health to improve musculoskeletal function and metabolism, and reduce frailty as people age."
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Oct 1, 2013 — Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center will host Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussion on Oct. 8–9, 2013. The summit will bring together top scientists, trainers, coaches, officials, retired professional players and manufacturers from across the United States, Canada and Europe to discuss concussion-related issues, including the science of concussion, impact on youth athletes and hockey community response. While the summit will focus on ice hockey, concussion-related topics will apply to all sports.
"This is an opportunity for experts across the hockey world to come together to make the sport safer for our athletes," says Michael Stuart, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "Hockey players at all levels are bigger, stronger and faster. Therefore, we must improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent traumatic brain injury."
The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is facilitating this conference with support from the Brian Mark Family Foundation,Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Hockey Equipment Certification Council, International Ice Hockey Federation and USA Hockey.
The summit is intended to build on the first Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion held in 2010. Prioritized action items from that summit helped foster mandatory concussion education for all USA Hockey coaches, improved teaching of body contact at younger ages, and rule changes, such as penalties for all hits to the head, a delay in body checking until the bantam level and the elimination of dangerous acts, such as checking from behind. As a result of these rule changes, Minnesota Hockey/Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center data showed a marked reduction in checking from behind penalties. At the conclusion of this year's summit, participants will again develop an updated action plan that will be shared with the hockey community.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sept. 27, 2013 — Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, each state will have an online Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace), sometimes referred to as the "exchange," which allows individuals, families and small businesses to compare and purchase insurance plans offered in their area. Marketplace enrollment can be done online, by phone (1-800-318-2596 or TTY 855-889-4325) or with in-person assistance with a trained, Marketplace-certified assister. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1, 2013, for health plans startingJan. 1, 2014.
Patients may wish to visit the Marketplace to review options if:
APPLETON, Wis. — Sept. 17, 2013 — ThedaCare today announced it is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, giving ThedaCare specialist physicians direct access to Mayo Clinic experts and clinical resources, including eConsults and AskMayoExpert. These tools, among others, will enhance the support available to manage complex patient care. ThedaCare is the first member located in the state of Wisconsin.
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Bill Fletcher, M.D., ThedaCare cardiologist and physician champion for the collaboration, sees many benefits to membership in the network.
BISMARCK, N.D. — October 8, 2012. Mayo Clinic and St. Alexius Medical Center today announced that the Bismarck-based organization is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Alexius is the first medical center in western North Dakota to have passed Mayo's rigorous review process and been selected as a member of the year-old network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients.
St. Alexius' physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. St. Alexius physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, will help St. Alexius provide the best care for its patients as well as improve its systems and the health of the community.
"Mayo Clinic and St. Alexius are committed to improve the delivery of health care through high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based medical care and treatment," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. "Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo's culture, and through the Mayo Clinic Care Network we can work in new ways with community care organizations to enhance the lives of patients."
"Today, our membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network will serve to further enhance the level of clinical expertise that our physicians and their patients have access to," says Gary P. Miller, president and CEO, St. Alexius Medical Center. "We are proud to be recognized for our long heritage of healing and quality and to be accepted as a member of the growing Mayo Clinic Care Network."
"This is a great day for our providers, but more importantly for health care consumers in our region," says Shiraz Hyder, M.D., vice president of medical affairs, St. Alexius Medical Center. "Now our providers will be able to tap into the expert resources available at Mayo Clinic, which means even the more complex patients have the opportunity to be treated here at home in consultation with Mayo's experts."
Founded in 1885, St. Alexius Medical Center serves the residents of central and western North Dakota, northern South Dakota and eastern Montana. The main campus in Bismarck consists of a 306-bed, full-service, acute care medical center that offers a full line of inpatient and outpatient medical services. In North Dakota, St. Alexius owns and operates hospitals and clinics in Garrison and Turtle Lake, a primary care clinic in Mandan, and specialty and primary care clinics in Minot. In addition, St. Alexius manages the hospital and clinics owned by Mobridge Regional Hospital in Mobridge, S.D.
EVANSTON, Ill. — September 19, 2012. NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Mayo Clinic today announced NorthShore as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This unique collaboration, the only one of its kind in the Chicago region, will provide NorthShore patients with access to medical resources and experts from both systems working together on their behalf. The agreement formalizes a long-standing relationship between the two institutions and promotes the collaborative efforts of physicians dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions, including neurological, cancer and cardiovascular cases.
"The future of health care will be enhanced via the collaboration of strong partners finding new ways to share expertise to deliver the best outcomes for patients," says Mark Neaman, president and CEO of NorthShore. "NorthShore is proud to have some of the best and brightest physicians who will combine forces with their Mayo Clinic colleagues to offer patients an unrivaled team of specialists dedicated to their care."
"Health care in America is at a crossroads," says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. "Providers are seeking meaningful relationships that allow them to best address their patients' needs while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care. This collaboration is about advancing long-standing relationships with organizations like NorthShore, to share a commitment to improving care and value for our patients."
As part of the agreement, patients at NorthShore's Neurological Institute, Kellogg Cancer Center and Cardiovascular Center will benefit from exceptional care as leading specialists consult with Mayo Clinic experts on complex diagnosis and treatment plans. The clinical collaboration also will allow NorthShore physicians to facilitate patient visits to Mayo Clinic when necessary and offer follow-up care and expertise close to home for those patients who refer themselves to Mayo Clinic.
"When faced with a complex and difficult diagnosis, every patient wants and deserves a second opinion," says Joseph Golbus, M.D., president of the NorthShore Medical Group. "Patients travel from all over the world to consult with Mayo Clinic physicians. Thanks to this new collaboration, our patients will have seamless access to a network of experts from both institutions, without having to travel from home."
"We selected NorthShore because we share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care to our patients," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network. "The Mayo Clinic Care Network is about providing access to the finest medical knowledge available, close to home. Through this collaboration, patients in the Chicago area will not only have access to top providers at NorthShore but also to the leading specialists at Mayo Clinic."
ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 28, 2012. Numerous studies have shown the powerful effect that exercise can have on cancer care and recovery. For patients who have gone through breast or colon cancer treatment, regular exercise has been found to reduce recurrence of the disease by up to 50 percent. But many cancer patients are reluctant to exercise, and few discuss it with their oncologists, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
MULTIMEDIA ALERT: Video of Andrea Cheville, M.D., available on the Mayo Clinic News Network.
"As doctors, we often tell patients that exercise is important, but to this point, nobody had studied what patients know about exercise, how they feel about it and what tends to get in the way," says lead author Andrea Cheville, M.D., of Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The study is part of a series of investigations looking at exercise habits among cancer patients. Researchers found that patients who exercised regularly before their diagnosis were more likely to exercise than those who had not. Many patients considered daily activities, such as gardening, sufficient exercise. "There was a real sense of 'What I do every day, that's my exercise,'" says Dr. Cheville, noting that most patients didn't realize daily activities tend to require minimal effort. "Most were not aware that inactivity can contribute to weakening of the body and greater vulnerability to problems, including symptoms of cancer." In addition, researchers found that patients took exercise advice most seriously when it came directly from their oncologists, but none of those studied had discussed it with them. "Generally, patients are not being given concrete advice about exercise to help them maintain functionality and to improve their outcomes," Dr. Cheville says. Exercise can improve patients' mobility, enable them to enjoy activities and keep them from becoming isolated in their homes. It can contribute to overall feelings of strength and physical safety, ease cancer-related fatigue and improve sleep. The researchers plan to investigate how to make the message about exercise meaningful to patients to optimize symptom relief and enhance recovery.