February 22, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



February 22, 2013

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Mayo's expansion may create jobs, but how many?
by Annie Baxter

At noon, the Mayo Clinic is a bustling place. Throngs of patients mill about in the Landow Atrium, where some enjoy musical performances by fellow patients… "We're chronically short of space at the Mayo Clinic, and there are pressures to add continually," Narr said. "Everyone wants more people. It's just kind of a part of our system. And we're trying to grow the parts of the practice where we have the biggest opportunities."

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Additional Coverage:

St. Cloud Times, State wants job insight from Mayo Clinic

Post Bulletin, Failure to pass DMC proposal might limit Mayo Clinic growth

MPR, The Mayo Clinic's expansion plan

Twin Cities Daily Planet, OPINION: Part 1: Minnesota's past can inform Mayo investment

Twin Cities Daily Planet, OPINION: Part 2--Mayo investment proposal comes at a moment of maximized potential success

Context: On Jan. 30, Mayo Clinic announced Destination Medical Center (DMC), a $5 billion economic development initiative to secure Minnesota’s status as a global medical destination center now and in the future. The goal of DMC is to ensure that Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are destinations for medical care in the coming decades. This initiative is the culmination of a three-year study by Mayo Clinic to chart its future business strategy in an increasingly complex, competitive and global business environment.

Previous Coverage from Feb. 15 Weekly Highlights

Previous Coverage from Feb. 8 Weekly Highlights

Previous Coverage from Feb. 1 Weekly Highlights

News Release: Destination Medical Center Bill Introduced in Minnesota House, Senate

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Invest More than $3 Billion to Position Minn. as World Destination for Health Care

Destination Medical Center Website

DMC Media Kit

Frequently Asked Questions About DMC

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Bryan Anderson

Florida Times-Union
Mayo surgeon takes part in study that finds device can help with reflux disease
by Charlie Patton

Wednesday afternoon, the results of the trial were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which is co-authored by Smith, reports that of 100 people who received the device, 92 had their symptoms eased and 87 were able to discontinue acid-suppressing drugs. “I’m delighted with the results,” Smith said. “We haven’t had a new tool like this in 20 years.”

Additional Coverage: WJXT, WebIndia123, Sify

Circulation: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: A bracelet-like device with magnetic beads can control the chronic digestive disorder gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to a study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

News Release: Bracelet-Like Device Controls Chronic Acid Reflux, Study Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

First Coast News
Miracle transplant saves Fleming Island woman's life

A Fleming Island woman receives a miracle transplant at the Mayo Clinic when she found a lung match from a donor down the hallway…"It became obvious that if a solution wasn't found relatively fast, she was not going to survive," said Dr. Cesar Keller, Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.

Context: Mayo Clinic, with transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world. Mayo Clinic has pre-eminent adult and pediatric transplant programs, offering cardiac, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplant services. Since performing the first clinical transplant in 1963, Mayo's efforts to continually improve and expand organ transplantation have placed Mayo at the leading edge of clinical and basic transplant research worldwide. Research activities in the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic have contributed significantly to the current successful outcomes of organ transplantation.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Post Bulletin
Chief technology officer named at Minnesota Partnership
by Jeff Hansel

The Minnesota Partnership has tapped a former Medtronic VP to lead the state-funded Mayo Clinic-University of Minnesota collaboration's Decade of Discovery to prevent, optimally treat and "ultimately cure" Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Prior to be named chief technology officer for the Decade of Discovery, Maura Donovan was vice president for Therapy Research and Development for Medtronic Corporate Ventures and New Therapies.

Additional Coverage: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Context: Maura Donovan, Ph.D., has been named Chief Technology Officer for the Decade of Discovery (the Decade), the collaboration created and led by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, dedicated to preventing, optimally treating and ultimately curing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In her role, Dr. Donovan will help advance the Decade through her extensive background in science and the medical technology industry. She will implement the initiative’s strategic plan, as well as establish a scientific advisory board and develop corporate partnerships for tracked research. Dr. Donovan will work closely with program directors and project teams to create milestones for their work and provide guidance on scientific and corporate alliances.

News Release: Maura Donovan named Chief Technology Officer for Minnesota Partnership’s Decade of Discovery

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
Mayo Clinic to build $28M medical center
by Katharine Grayson

The Mayo Clinic will expand its presence in Cannon Falls, Minn., with the construction of a $28 million medical center, the health provider announced Wednesday. The new 90,000-square-foot center will be about three times larger than Mayo's existing Cannon Falls hospital, and will make room for additional emergency medical services.

Circulation: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

Context: Mayo Clinic Health System will break ground on a new medical center on the south side of Cannon Falls this spring. The final approval for the project came last week after years of planning and extensive support from the local community. "This is a very exciting time for our community," says Tom Witt, M.D.,CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. "This new facility will benefit the community, the region, and more importantly, our patients. It will help us deliver the care our community expects and deserves and enable greater collaboration between care delivered in Rochester, Red Wing, Lake City and other communities."

Additional Coverage:

Pioneer Press, Mayo Clinic to expand Cannon Falls hospital

Post Bulletin, Interchange, hospital will make Cannon Falls look 'completely different'

Cannon Falls Beacon, New hospital facility will attract patients and families

News Release: Mayo Clinic Health System bringing new medical center to Cannon Falls

Public Affairs Contacts: Kristy Jacobson, Joe O'Keefe

Medical Marijuana: Voodoo or Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?
by Barbara Bronson Gray

Dr. J. Michael Bostwick wrote the "pro" argument for offering Marilyn marijuana. Bostwick, a professor in the department of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minn., said he told the editors at the New England Journal of Medicine that he could have made the case for either side. He had a family member with substance-abuse issues involving marijuana. "I kept hearing marijuana is harmless and doesn't cause any problems, and yet I was seeing addiction," he said.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day.

Additional Coverage:

U.S. News & World Report, Medical Marijuana: Voodoo or Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?

Context: Mayo Clinic psychiatrist J. Michael Bostwick, M.D. advocates prescribing medicinal marijuana in an editorial titled “Recommend the Use of Medical Marijuana” in the Feb. 20, 2013 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most respected and well-read medical journals in the world. Dr. Bostwick previously published an article Feb. 2, 2012 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings calling for the federal government to reclassify marijuana from a schedule I drug (high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use and no accepted safety for use in medically supervised treatment) to a schedule II drug (high potential for abuse and addition, but also recognized for use in medical treatment in the United States – examples include cocaine, opium, morphine and oxycodone). This move would allow U.S. researchers to explore marijuana’s potential medicinal benefits and risks, which they’ve been unable to do since the U.S. Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law in 1970. Before the CSA, restrictions on marijuana began as early as the late 1930s. This move would allow U.S. researchers to explore marijuana’s potential medicinal benefits and risks, which they’ve been unable to do since the U.S. Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law in 1970. Before the CSA, restrictions on marijuana began as early as the late 1930s.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Grand Forks Herald
IN THE SPIRIT: Learning lessons written on wall of Mayo Clinic
by Naomi Dunavan

As I lingered, I watched people going up and down the long corridor until my eyes spotted a large framed message on the wall behind the woman who would sell me my pass. I found the words I read to be quite profound. They are as follows: “You are what people see when they arrive here. You are who they look to when they’re frightened and confused.  You are the voices they hear as they wait to see the physician, trying to forget their problems. 

Circulation: The Grand Forks Herald is a daily newspaper published in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It is the primary daily paper for northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Its average daily circulation is 34,763 on Sundays and 31,524 on weekdays. It has the second largest circulation in the state of North Dakota.

Context: Naomi's husband, Jim, recently had heart bypass surgery at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular care center is one of the largest in the United States, with nine cardiovascular surgeons on staff. Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons perform more than 2,700 cardiovascular surgeries each year using state-of-the-art technology, including minimally invasive techniques.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Traci Klein

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