Level I trauma centers provide critical care
Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital and Mary Eugenia Litta Children's Hospital have once again been verified as Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the highest designation attainable, by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). As Level I Trauma Centers, Saint Marys and Eugenia Litta Children's Hospital provide definitive care for seriously injured patients from regional hospitals throughout southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa. In 2010, Eugenia Litta Children's Hospital Trauma Program was one of only two Pediatric Level I Trauma Programs in Minnesota.This Level I verification acknowledges Mayo's extensive teamwork among multidisciplinary specialists, as well as its breadth of trauma-related services.
ABC Breast Health Summit teaches women about prevention, detection, treatment
As part of its Health Disparities Initiative, Mayo Clinic co-hosted the 4th Annual ABC Breast Health Summit in Florida in October 2010. The event, co-sponsored by the Women of Color Cultural Foundation and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, focused on educating women about prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. It featured keynote speeches by Mayo physicians from Florida and Arizona, as well as a panel of experts from Mayo Clinic in Florida's Breast Clinic.
Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer promotes awareness and outreach
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Community Affairs Office in Arizona partnered with community-based organizations to create the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC) in 2009. In 2010, CBBC added a breast cancer survivors' group for African-Americans who are diagnosed, undergoing and/or post-breast cancer treatment. The CBBC was developed to bring education and awareness, to provide access to treatment, and to better understand health care disparities among African-American breast cancer patients.
Minnesota schools are safer with AEDs
Thanks to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minn., each of the city's school buildings has automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and faculty and staff who are trained as first responders to victims of cardiac arrest. The medical center donated the AEDs in January 2010, and Michael Ulrich, M.D., family practice, trained school staff in CPR and AED use.
Mayo program helps new Americans navigate health care, find careers
In 2010 Mayo Clinic supported the Community Health Care Worker program through the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, in Rochester, Minn., an organization that helps newly immigrated citizens with health education and access. This program encourages promising graduates to pursue more advanced careers in health care to increase diversity and enhance cultural understanding within our local health care professional workforce.
Florida employees walk and volunteer to help those at risk
More than 800 Mayo Clinic employees and family members joined Team Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for the American Heart Association's 2010 Heart Walk. Through sponsorships and fundraising, Mayo Clinic's Florida Campus donated more than $54,000 to support heart-related research, education, and health advocacy for reaching populations at risk for heart disease.
Mayo Clinic operates Blood Donor Center in Florida to aid local hospitals
In partnership with Blood Alliance of Northeast Florida, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus provides a Blood Donor Center for the local community. The Blood Alliance staffs and operates the center, which collects blood and blood products for several local hospitals.
Mayo Arizona provides free knee-to-foot exams and shoes to homeless
Mayo Clinic physicians provided free knee-to-foot examinations to men living at the East Valley Men's Center, a transitional homeless shelter in Mesa, Ariz. Mayo also partnered with national shoe distributors to provide the men with new boots, shoes and socks. Mayo volunteers return to the center every three months to supply and serve the men at the center full-course meals.
Mayo Clinic Health System efforts encourage bicycle safety
Mayo Clinic Health System facilities in Cannon Falls, Minn. and Mankato, Minn., collaborate with local community organizations to promote bicycle safety and provide residents with free or reduced-priced bicycle helmets.
Mayo Clinic Health System provides free blood pressure checks
Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Minn., provides free blood pressure checks and heart health information at the Cannon Falls Street Fair that occurs monthly from May through September.