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    Mayo Clinic recognized for outstanding video in telling patient stories

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic News Network has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. During the Upper Midwest Emmys ceremony on Nov. 14, Kevin Sullivan, a Mayo Clinic videographer and video editor, was awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy in the category of Photographer – Program (Non-News). He also was nominated for the category of Editor – Program (Non-news). Sullivan's entries provided examples of his video editing and videography work from two reports: "Swimmer still setting records despite heart disease" and "This is the hope."

These video reports were published on the Mayo Clinic News Network, an online platform that delivers daily credible, informative and easy-to-understand medical and research multimedia content to journalists and consumers worldwide.

"We are proud of Kevin for being recognized for excellence in telling these important Mayo Clinic stories that illustrate how we are connecting with and curing our patients, and transforming medicine," says Halena Gazelka, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs. "Congratulations to our producers, videographers and care teams for exemplifying the Mayo model of teamwork. And most importantly, we thank our patients for sharing their stories."  

The first Mayo Clinic News Network story, "This is the hope," also was recognized for excellence by being nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy. The report, written by Jeff Olsen and produced by Susan Barber Lindquist with videography and editing by Sullivan, features Chris Barr, a patient who was paralyzed from the neck down after a life-changing surfing accident. Barr enrolled in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic to treat paralysis from spinal cord injuries. Mohamad Bydon, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, explains the stem cell trial program that eventually led to Barr walking again and the hope that this science may provide to patients who are paralyzed. 

The second Mayo Clinic News Network story "Swimmer still setting records despite heart disease," also was recognized for excellence by being nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy. The video report, which was written by Jason Howland with videography and editing by Sullivan, chronicles a competitive swimmer with heart disease whose journey from the pool to the hospital eventually led to double-bypass surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Trip Hedrick of Ames, Iowa, a 65-year-old former collegiate and high school swim coach who set a number of national and world records competing in U.S. Masters Swimming, had his first heart attack 20 years ago and was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Working closely with doctors and surgeons, including Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and John Stulak, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon, Hedrick would have successful open-heart surgery in 2018. He has since returned to the water and hopes to set a new world record in the pool.  

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