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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Mon, Mar 16 3:54pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Finds Direct Evidence of Gadolinium Deposition in Brain Tissues Following Contrast-Enhanced MRI Exams

Side view of MRI brain scanRochester, Minn. - Mayo Clinic research finds direct evidence of gadolinium deposition in neuronal tissues following intravenous administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MRI exams. The findings were recently published online in the journal Radiology.

In this study, Mayo Clinic identified patients who donated their body to medical research and had undergone multiple gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI exams during their lifetime. Brain tissue samples from these patients were then compared to donors who had never received a gadolinium contrast agent. The patients exposed to the gadolinium contrast had measurable quantities of gadolinium deposited in their brain tissue, whereas those never exposed to gadolinium had none. Researchers were able to directly measure gadolinium concentrations and visualize patterns of deposition in brain tissues. "Given that these agents are administered millions of times every year, this is an important discovery,"  says study author, Laurence Eckel, M.D., radiologist, Mayo Clinic.

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Fri, Mar 13 10:20am · View  

Media Advisory: Mayo Clinic to testify about Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and MN Telemedicine Act

WHAT: Mayo Clinic will testify to the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee regarding the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Minnesota Telemedicine Act. Each year, Mayo Clinic physicians see people from all 50 states. Advances in technology are helping patients who may be faced with long-distance travel and logistical hurdles connect with Mayo Clinic’s specialized health care providers easier and faster. However, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules presents a costly and time-consuming barrier to telehealth care delivery.telemedicine, telestroke in Arizona with patient in hospital bed

WHO: Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director of Center for Connected Care, Mayo Clinic

WHERE: 10 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155

WHEN: Friday, Mar. 13th at 10 a.m. CT

NOTE: House television webcast and mobile streaming schedule

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Fri, Oct 24 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester Receives 2014 Quality Leadership Award

Mayo Clinic is recognized among University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Award winners for 2014. Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester ranked second in the UHC Quality and Accountability Study — up from 2013’s fourth-place ranking. Quality leadership award logo-UHCThe award is given to the top performing academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care, as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study.

“Receiving a five-star rating and being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of our hospital-based staff,” states Amy Williams, M.D., Nephrology, and medical director of Clinical Operations, Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester. “Their dedication, expertise, teamwork and continual efforts to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our patients are what set Mayo Clinic apart as a leader.”

UHC, an alliance of approximately 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers, conducts the Quality and Accountability Study. This comprehensive analysis and ranking assesses organizational performance of its members across high-priority dimensions of care, including mortality, safety, equity, patient-centeredness, effectiveness and efficiency.

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Tue, Jul 15 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic Earns No. 1 Rank on U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll

U.S. News Best Hospital Rank bannerROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic has achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top hospitals. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking  number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes.

“We have a deep commitment to delivering high-value health care that best meets patients' needs. We owe our success to truly dedicated staff that provide a seamless patient experience and the care that each individual needs,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Noseworthy are available in the downloads.   [...]

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Fri, Jul 11 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic to Open New Primary Care Clinic in Southeast Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic will expand primary care services in south Rochester. Mayo Clinic will lease clinical space currently under construction at 4544 Canal Place Southeast within the Shoppes on Maine development. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Patients will be seen at the new site in early 2015.

South clinic sketch“The south Rochester location is an investment in our patients’ health and well-being, and will provide greater access to Mayo Clinic care within the community,” says David Agerter, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Employee and Community Health. “It's also in response to feedback from our employees and patients who have requested Mayo Clinic primary care services in this part of the city. This is part of a broader effort to make more Mayo Clinic services, both face-to-face and non-visit care, accessible and convenient to the community.” [...]

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Thu, Jul 10 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic Calls for Standardization of Safe Imaging Protocols for Children

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The benefits of medical imaging far outweigh the risks when children receive The Right Exam, ordered The Right Way, with The Right Radiation Dose. However, overuse and misuse of imaging change the benefit-risk ratio and Mayo Clinic is leading a collaborative effort to ensure a national protocol is put into action. The commentary, published online in the Journal of Patient Safety, calls for the American College of Radiology, the Joint Commission, the Intersociety Accreditation Commission, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to require three safety practices for accreditation of all American hospitals and advanced diagnostic imaging facilities. “No hospital or medical imaging facility in the country should be granted the privilege of imaging children unless it first meets fundamental safe practice performance measures,” says Stephen Swensen, M.D., lead author and radiologist, Mayo Clinic.

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Fri, May 2 2014 · View  

Mayo hospitals receive 'A' grade for patient safety

A grade patient safety LeapfrogMayo Clinic hospitals in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minn., scored high marks for safety — earning an "A" for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Mayo Clinic hospitals that received an "A" grade are:

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Arizona
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Florida
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minn.

Mayo Clinic is one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to have earned an “A” in all five of the past releases of scores from Leapfrog.

Updated and published twice a year, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

Leapfrog is one of many ranking groups that recognize Mayo Clinic as a top choice for patients.

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Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman) posted · Tue, Apr 15 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic Launches National Mobile Exhibit Tour to Honor 150 Years, Look to the Future

ROCHESTER, Minn. — To honor 150 years of serving humanity, Mayo Clinic is taking its story to the public in a free exhibit destined for stops in more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada from April through October 2014. This high-impact, 1,000-square-foot exhibition on wheels will bring to life Mayo Clinic’s values and our vision for the future of health care

Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Mobile Exhibit

“Throughout our history, people have turned to Mayo Clinic for hope and healing. By experiencing this exhibit you will share the enduring values and exciting vision of Mayo Clinic in service to humanity,” says Kerry Olsen, M.D., Chair, Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee.

What’s inside?
A visit to the exhibit will allow visitors to see the human body as never seen before and discover how we use innovation, research and technology to meet the unique needs of individual patients. [...]

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