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4 days ago · Mayo Clinic remembers Cokie Roberts, Mayo trustee

Cokie Roberts dressed in a commencement gown

Pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the age of 75. Cokie joined the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees in 2016. Here is a statement from Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

“We are deeply saddened
by the news of the passing earlier today of our dear friend and Mayo Clinic
Board of Trustees member, Cokie Roberts. We are grateful we had the honor and pleasure
of working with Cokie. She exemplified integrity and compassion.

One of America’s pioneering female journalists, Cokie had a passion for history and deep admiration for the Sisters of Saint Francis. During her keynote speech at joint commencement of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in May, 2018, she said, ‘Oh yes, I know all about the marvelous Mayo brothers and their remarkable father … but if it hadn’t been for a pushy nun who wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer, Saint Marys Hospital would never have been built, and what became known as Mayo Clinic might not have ever existed.’

Many things will be written
and recalled in the coming days about Cokie’s remarkable career and amazing
life, but most importantly, great leaders leave their mark on humanity. We are
all better for having known Cokie.”

Tue, Jul 30 8:48am · Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranking Mayo Clinic as number one hospital

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo
Clinic in Rochester

again has been ranked the nation’s best hospital in U.S. News & World
Report’s 2019–2020 “Best Hospitals” rankings.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester
has been at or near the top of U.S. hospitals throughout the history of U.S.
News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings. In addition to
its No. 1 overall ranking, Mayo Clinic in Rochester has more No. 1 rankings in
medical specialty areas than any other U.S. medical center.

The 30th annual
“Best Hospitals” rankings were published on the U.S.
News & World Report website

on Tuesday, July 30.

Other highlights from
the “Best Hospitals” rankings include:

  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona is ranked and tied for 18th on the “Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” of top 20 hospitals in the nation.
  • Mayo Clinic in Florida, is No. 1 in Jacksonville, Florida, and No. 3 in Florida.
  • Mayo Clinic is the No. 1 hospital in Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, and in Minnesota.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, ranks nationally as “high-performing” in Gastroenterology and Gastroenterolgic Surgery, and ranks No. 4 among all Wisconsin hospitals.
  • The hospital at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is recognized in Northwest Wisconsin as a “Best Regional Hospital,” which means that it offers a full range of services rather than specialty care.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is recognized as a “Best Regional Hospital” in Southwest Wisconsin.

“Being recognized as the No. 1 health care provider in the nation is a tribute to the incredible work of our staff because it recognizes both our medical expertise as well as our commitment to compassionate, individualized care,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “Each day, we strive to bring hope and healing to our patients.”

The U.S. News &
World Report “Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” rankings feature the 20
U.S. hospitals with the highest overall scores in 16 medical and surgical
specialties, and nine common procedures and conditions. Hospitals are measured
on factors that include survival, experience, nurse staffing, patient services
and reputation with other specialists.

Mayo Clinic is
ranked No. 1 in five specialty areas:

  • Diabetes
    and Endocrinology
  • Ear,
    Nose and Throat
  • Gastroenterology
    and Gastroenterologic Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Urology

Mayo Clinic in Rochester
is ranked No. 2 in six specialty areas: Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Geriatrics,
Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology and Lung Surgery.
The hospital ranks No. 3 in Cancer.

Mayo Clinic, which
began as a single physician medical practice on the Minnesota prairie in 1864
and for decades has been a global destination for hope and healing,
consistently rates among the top U.S. medical centers in independent rankings. More
than 65,000 Mayo Clinic staff members work to deliver the highest standards of
care and transform scientific discoveries into critical advances for patients. And
more than 1.2 million people from all 50 states and more than 130 countries
come to Mayo Clinic each year for expert, compassionate care.

“This ranking is an honor, and reflects the dedication of our staff and the quality of care at Mayo Clinic,” says Henry Ting, M.D., chief value officer, Mayo Clinic. “When people come to Mayo Clinic, they receive what Mayo has long been known for: highly integrated, expert, compassionate care for the most serious and complex conditions.”

consistency of being top ranked nationwide more often than any other hospital
is truly a reflection of the thousands of staff who share the same vision of
providing the best care for our patients,” says Dr. Farrugia.

U.S. News &
World Report analyzed data collected from nearly 5,000 medical centers and
survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians to compile its annual
“Best Hospitals” rankings.


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Tue, Jun 18 10:00am · Mayo once again ranked among 'Best Children's Hospitals' by U.S. News & World Report

pediatric patient consultation

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has again been ranked as one of the top-performing children’s hospitals in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019–2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

Rankings of 191 of the nation’s pediatric centers identify the top 50 in each of 10 specialties. Only 84 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one pediatric specialty in 2019. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center ranked as a top performing children’s hospital in 6 of 10 pediatric specialties. Ranking in specialties demonstrates broad-based excellence and the effectiveness of the team-based approach that is the hallmark of the Mayo Clinic Model of Care.

Clinic’s rankings by pediatric specialty are:

  • Cardiology
    and Heart Surgery (No. 30)
  • Diabetes
    and Endocrinology (No. 15)
  • Neurology
    and Neurosurgery (No. 32)
  • Orthopedics
    (No. 24)
  • Pediatric
    Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 44)
  • Urology
    (No. 36)

“Our ranking among the top children’s hospitals reinforces our commitment to delivering quality care to children and their families not only through cutting-edge interventions, such as the Fetal Care Center, proton beam therapy for childhood cancer, and stem cell treatment in clinical trials for children with heart disease, but also through the integrated, multispecialty team approach for children with health problems of all kinds,” says Randall Flick, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “We are very proud of this ranking and credit our staff who continue to strive for excellence and improve patient care for the millions of patients we treat each year from around the world.”

Clinic, which includes Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, is the medical center
most recognized as a top choice for patients and families by U.S. News & World Report and many
other ranking organizations.

a privilege to be able to assemble teams of specialists of all types at the
bedside of any child from before they are born, throughout childhood,
adolescence and seamlessly transition into adult care,” Dr. Flick adds.


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Tue, Jun 4 9:30am · Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation's $32 million gift advances Mayo Clinic research

Biomedical researcher in laboratory

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A generous $32 million gift from the New York-based Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation will enable Mayo Clinic to expand its research mission with the construction of a four-story, 64,000-square-foot research building in Rochester.

Planning for the Anna-Maria
and Stephen Kellen Building is underway, with groundbreaking expected in 2020
and occupancy in 2022. The building will be located just north of Mayo Clinic’s
Opus Building, which is on the corner of Fourth Street Southwest and Fourth
Avenue Southwest in Rochester.

“We cannot
overstate our gratitude to the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation,”
says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s president and
CEO. “Research is critical to infusing new knowledge into patient care. It
paves the way to solve serious or complex medical challenges
for our patients at Mayo as well as patients around the world. This
remarkable gift will allow us to meet a critical need for research space on our
Rochester campus.”

The gift was
directed to Mayo Clinic by Michael M. Kellen, foundation president, and Marina
Kellen French, vice president. Their parents, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen,
now deceased, received care at Mayo Clinic for decades, and that trust and care
have continued into the next three generations. Stephen M. Kellen was president
and CEO of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc., an international investment firm
based in New York, now known as First Eagle Investment Management LLC.

“Our family’s
history with Mayo Clinic spans more than four decades, and the physicians and
staff at Mayo have become like family to us,” says Marina Kellen French. “We are thrilled to be able to
support Mayo and be part of advancing medical research that will help patients
for decades to come.”

The Anna-Maria and
Stephen Kellen Foundation has been a significant contributor to Mayo Clinic over
many years, funding various initiatives and projects in support of Mayo Clinic’s
highest priorities. The foundation also has supported the Dr. Richard F.
Emslander Professorship at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
and Science
recognition of the care that Richard Emslander, M.D., provided to the family
over many years.

research has always been a strong interest of our family,” says Michael M.
Kellen. “We are pleased that this gift will address a high-priority need
at Mayo while honoring our parents’ legacy in a visible and meaningful

The Anna-Maria and
Stephen Kellen Building will add to the Discovery Square subdistrict in
downtown Rochester. Discovery Square is the research, innovation and
development hub of the $5.6 billion Destination Medical Center initiative.

Decisions regarding
specific use and occupancy of the new building will be made as part of the
planning process this year.


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    Nellis or Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Wed, May 29 10:00am · Statement from Mayo Clinic regarding stabbing

aerial view above the Saint Marys Hospital Campus

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This morning, a Morrison Healthcare employee, Mayo Clinic’s food service vendor, was stabbed in the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus employee cafeteria by another food service employee and has been taken to Saint Marys emergency department for treatment. The two employees are believed to have a relationship and this is considered to be an isolated event.

The alleged
perpetrator is in the custody of the Rochester Police Department and has been
removed from Mayo Clinic properties.

No other employees or patients are in danger. 

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Tue, Apr 23 11:00am · Majority of U.S. states restrict decision making for incapacitated pregnant women, report shows

a pregnant women being examined at a doctor appointment with a stethoscope

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Half of all U.S. states have laws on the books that invalidate a pregnant woman’s advance directive if she becomes incapacitated, and a majority of states don’t disclose these restrictions in advance directive forms, according to a study by physicians and bioethicists at Mayo Clinic and other institutions.

The report, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed statutes in effect as of February in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All states have laws regarding decision-making for individuals who can’t make their own medical decisions, but the content of statutes and advance directive documents for “decisionally incapacitated” pregnant women nationwide varies widely.

An advance directive is a legal document completed by a patient that appoints a surrogate to make health care decisions if a person becomes incapacitated and unable to participate, and it indicates what the person’s health care preferences would be.

states have laws that identify pregnancy as a condition that affects decisions
for incapacitated pregnant women. Eight of those states ask for a woman’s
pregnancy-specific care preferences, to make them explicit. The remaining 30
states restrict a woman’s or her surrogate’s choice about withholding or
withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, with 25 invalidating a woman’s advance
directive during pregnancy.

“Advance directives were designed by lawmakers to safeguard patient autonomy and control over medical circumstances that are difficult to anticipate but that may lead to life-and-death decisions,” says Erin DeMartino, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minn. “It would come as a great surprise to many people that there’s a medical condition in which women’s control of their own health destiny is taken away by the state.”

fact is not well-communicated in official state advance directive documents,
which the patient fills out in good faith,” says Dr. DeMartino, the lead author
of the paper. Also participating in the study were physicians and ethicists
from Mayo Clinic Health System, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of
Medicine, the University of Chicago, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in
Boston, Georgetown University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Twelve of
the 30 states forbidding withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies from pregnant
women mandate that these therapies continue until the woman’s fetus can be
safely delivered, irrespective of its gestational age at the time of illness or
injury. They are Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

and health law in the U.S. prioritize patient self-determination and freedom
from unwanted medical treatment,” the report says. “This analysis
suggests that a majority of U.S. states restrict the health care options available
to decisionally incapacitated women during pregnancy, and do not disclose these
restrictions in advance directive forms.”

Map of states with restrictions on choices for life-sustaining therapies in pregnant women

The new
study makes clear how individuals need more information and states should be
more transparent in informing citizens of how pregnancy affects medical decision-making,
Dr. DeMartino says. “Advance directive forms should clearly state whether
there are any conditions under which they would not be followed,” she
says. “It’s of fundamental importance that women understand what they’re
signing, and that we are aware of how these types of health care decisions are
being influenced by state law.”

funding organizations contributed to the design and conduct of the study or
were involved in preparing or reviewing the manuscript.


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Tue, Apr 16 1:00pm · From picky eaters to poor sleepers, Mayo Clinic book offers tips for raising a healthy child

a group of children laughing, smiling and playing outside in a park

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Raising
a child in the 21st century is a life-changing adventure with many unknowns but
also plenty of rewards. A new Mayo Clinic book, Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a
Healthy Child
, helps
parents navigate many of the twists and turns of parenting by offering a
trusted guide to raising children during the preschool and elementary school

cover of Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child book

The book draws from the collective wisdom of Mayo Clinic pediatric experts, addressing key questions and concerns that many parents have. “Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to provide children with balanced, healthy life choices and to build a strong foundation that allows children to weather life’s ups and downs,” says Angela Mattke, M.D., a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and the book’s editor. 

It’s no secret that parenting is rarely a straightforward path and can be challenging at times. This book offers encouragement and advice from leading child health care experts to help your family find success.

In Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child, Mayo Clinic experts explain what it takes to prepare a child for a rich and meaningful adult life. Throughout the book, parents will find answers to family dilemmas such as feeding a picky eater, resolving sleep problems, addressing bullying, and treating common illnesses and injuries. The book also provides guidance and insight on more complex health care issues, including mental health concerns.

To make the
information easy to use, the book is organized in six sections: Growth and Development,
Health and Safety, Emotional Well-Being, Illness and Concerns, Special Circumstances
and Issues in Raising a Child, and Tips and Suggestions to Ensure a Happy, Healthy
Family Unit.

The book is available online and in retail outlets nationwide. Mayo
Clinic’s proceeds from the book will support medical education and research at
Mayo Clinic.


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Mon, Apr 15 11:19am · Mayo facilities recognized for sustainability efforts

Practice Greenhealth Emerald Award 2019

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A national organization focused on reducing health care’s impact on the environment has recognized Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin, for their environmental sustainability efforts.

Practice Greenhealth, which represents health care organizations committed to continuous improvement in sustainability practices and programs, recently awarded institutions for their outstanding performance and leadership in sustainability. The awards recognize work that includes efforts to reduce and recycle waste, and environmental leadership at the local and national levels.

Mayo Clinic
recently established an Office of Sustainability to oversee strategic sustainability
. As
part of these sustainability efforts, Mayo Clinic included energy efficiency
targets in contracts for project design and construction of the three-story expansion of the
Generose Building

on the Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. These efforts will
help Mayo reach its goal of reducing energy consumption on the Rochester campus
by 30 percent by 2025. In addition, Mayo Clinic has focused on working with
local communities on sustainability initiatives, conserving water, reducing
medical and hazardous waste, and inviting colleagues to take part in
sustainability efforts at home and at work.

The 2019 awards that recognize Mayo Clinic efforts are:

  • Practice Greenhealth Emerald
    Mayo Clinic’s
    Rochester campus, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in
    La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, received
    the Practice Greenhealth Emerald Award. This award recognizes organizations
    that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in areas such as energy
    conservation, reducing and recycling waste, and sustainable sourcing. Award
    winners also show leadership locally and in the health care sector.

  • Practice Greenhealth Partner for
    Change Award
    Mayo Clinic’s
    Arizona and Florida campuses received the Partner for Change award, which
    recognizes organizations that continuously improve and expand on programs to
    eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and other

  • Practice Greenhealth Greening the
    OR Recognition Award

    Mayo Clinic’s Florida and Rochester campuses, as well as Mayo Clinic Health
    System in Eau Claire, received the Greening the OR Recognition Award for
    reducing the environmental impact of their surgical suites, which are large
    contributors to a facility’s total environmental footprint.

“We are proud
of this recognition, as it reflects the combined efforts — small to large —
that our staff collectively put forth each day to live and practice our value
of Stewardship,” says Henry Tazelaar, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Green
Committee and medical director for the Office of Sustainability. “With our
newly established Office of Sustainability, we are poised to make even more
progress across our campuses in the coming years.”

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