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    Upper Midwest Emmys recognize Mayo Clinic for storytelling excellence

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. During the Upper Midwest Emmys ceremony on Oct. 15, a Mayo Clinic News Network report titled “A Father’s Gift to His Son” was awarded the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for Health/Medical – Short or Long Form Content category.

The video report, which was field produced by DeeDee Stiepan and written by Jason Howland with videography and editing by both Howland and Kevin Sullivan, chronicles a man from La Crosse, Wisconsin, who donated his kidney to his young son less than two months before Father’s Day at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, making for a very a special holiday celebration. The complex surgery was performed by Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

This report was published on the Mayo Clinic News Network, an online platform which delivers credible, easy-to-understand medical and research multimedia content to journalists and consumers all over the world, every day.

"We are proud to be recognized for excellence in telling these important Mayo Clinic stories as we share our knowledge, connect with patients and transform health care," says Halena Gazelka, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Communications. "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."

A Mayo Clinic News Network story titled “Every Day is a Gift and Never Give Up” also was recognized for excellence by being nominated for an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy. The video report, recorded and edited by Sullivan, and field produced by Deb Balzer, features Genaida Benson, a Mayo Clinic nurse in Radiology who believes music can provide hope and healing. In her free time, the accomplished pianist performs for patients and staff as they await medical appointments and pass through the Gonda Building in Rochester. She was inspired to give back and become a nurse after her father received care for a cancer diagnosis at Mayo Clinic. He is now cancer-free.

Another Mayo Clinic News Network report, “With a Little Help from His Friends,” received a nomination for excellence. The video, which was written by Stiepan, along with videography and editing by Sullivan, chronicles 3-year-old Rhett Flaten, who became the 5,000th patient to receive proton beam therapy since the Rochester Proton Beam Therapy Program began in 2015.

Sullivan also received a nomination for outstanding photography, recognized for a compilation of videos published on the Mayo Clinic News Network: “Every Day is a Gift and Never Give up,” “With a Little Help from His Friends” and “Lost Mayo Letter.


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