Rebecca Eisenman (@rebeccaeisenman)
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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. The 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.
ROCHESTER, 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. [...]
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.
“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.” [...]
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.
Sound bites with Dr. Swensen are available in downloads. [...]
Mayo 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 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.
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.
“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.
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. [...]
ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 23, 2012. The public is invited to enjoy three Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in September. Performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 to 1 p.m.
The schedule is:
Sept. 3: Labor Day, no concert.
Sept. 10: Maritza will perform a Balkan and klezmer concert in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. NW. Band leader and accordionist Pine Wilson developed a love of Balkan music through 20 years of exposure to Eastern European folk dance. She then traveled to Bulgaria and Greece and studied with an Albanian accordionist. Wilson also plays tupan and doumbek. Other band members include Ann Streufert on violin, viola, flute and percussion; Elizabeth Finanger, on mandolin, guitar and percussion; Erik Berg on percussion; and Hannah Breckbill on double bass.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 20, 2012. The public is invited to enjoy four Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in July. The outdoor performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rochester Peace Plaza, corner of First Street SW and First Avenue SW. In case of poor weather, the concerts will move to Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Charlton Building, 10 Third Avenue NW.
The schedule is:
July 9: The Tex Pistols Band will perform country rock. The band formed in 1986 and toured extensively in the Midwest before disbanding in 1990, then reforming in 2007. Their eclectic music is reminiscent of Neil Young, Steve Earle and Steve Winwood, with a little mix of some Eagles and the Beatles. Their latest album is "Hold On," released in 2011. Band members include Brian Peters on electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and dobro; Dik Shopteau on bass and vocals; Scott "Scooter" Nelson on vocals, drums and percussion; and Boyd Lee on vocals and acoustic guitar. These unique musicians have collectively shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Clint Black, Average White Band, Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Milsap.
July 16: The George Maurer Trio will perform jazz. Maurer, one of Minnesota's premier jazz pianists, has been performing solo since 1986. He's also played with Eric Clapton, the Chiffons, Fabian and Buddy Holly's original band, The Crickets. Maurer is an accomplished producer and composer whose repertoire also includes ballet, pop rock concerts and gospel choir productions. His latest solo release is "Songs from the Wayward Journey." Maurer's jazz trio features Muggsy Lauer on guitar and vocals and Jeff Engholm on bass. Their most recent recording is "Groovits," released in 2004.
July 23: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Trent Romens will perform blues. Since age 11, Romens has been playing and learning from the music of artists such as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan,
the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Early in his teens, he was jamming with the best of the Twin Cities blues players. At 19, he headlined his own band. His 2011 debut solo album, "Aware," was on the Grammy Entry List for Best Blues Album.
July 30: Davina and The Vagabonds will perform blues, jazz and soul. Davina Sowers, a Florida native, plays an average of 300 shows a year. She was raised in a musical family and has been performing since age 5. Sowers has shared the stage with Little Feat, Buddy Guy and the Original Blues Brothers Band. The Star Tribune describes her voice as part Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, with a little mix of Amy Winehouse. Band members include Michael Carvale on the upright bass, Alec Tackmann on drums, Dan Eikmeier on trumpet and Ben Link on trombone.