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January 30, 2012

Lab complex leased by Mayo is up for foreclosure

By Mystery User

One of the largest complex occupied by Mayo Clinic Rochester faces foreclosure next week with an outstanding debt of almost $28 million. The Superior Drive Support Center, which is leased by Mayo Clinic and houses the Mayo Medical Laboratories testing operation, is scheduled for a foreclosure sale by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office at 10 […]

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Tags: foreclosure, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Superior Drive Support Center


January 27, 2012

Tough talk for Minnesota’s medical community

By Mystery User

Ezekiel Emanuel, the fiery former presidential health care adviser, threw down a challenge to Minnesota’s medical technology industry as he championed the 2010 health reform law during a Wednesday speech at the University of Minnesota. “I know I’m in the land of medical devices,’’ Ezekiel said with a little grin. “But you guys can do […]

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Tags: 2010 health reform law, Ezekiel Emanuel, Steven Pearson, University of Minnesota


January 25, 2012

Lawsuit filed in Florida helicopter crash that killed heart transplant team

By Mystery User

A helicopter that crashed during a flight to pick up a heart for transplant, killing all three people on board, should never have taken off because weather conditions and visibility were too poor, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a victim. The Dec. 26 crash in northeast Florida killed Dr. […]

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Tags: David Hines, Dr. Luis Bonilla, E. Hoke Smith, helicopter crash, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville


January 24, 2012

Family sues company whose helicopter crash killed Mayo Clinic transplant mission team

By Mystery User

David Hines left a phone message for his daughters Christmas Eve. It was the last time Christine Hines and Crystal Griner would hear their 57-year-old father before he and two others were killed in the Dec. 26 crash of a helicopter transplant mission headed to Gainesville for Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic. “Hey, sweetheart, it’s your dad. […]

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Tags: David Hines, helicopter crash, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville


January 23, 2012

Hospital CEO says 1 error is too many by Tim Engstrom,

By Mystery User

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea reported a single “adverse health event” in 2011, according to a report released Thursday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health. Specifically, a doctor at the local medical center left an object in a patient. However, the report says it did not cause death or serious injury. Dr. […]

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January 23, 2012

2012 report on patient harm — and protection

By Mystery User

 Hospitals in southeastern Minnesota reported six instances of serious patient harm in the state’s 2012 Adverse Health Events assessment. Seven were reported the previous year by Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys and Rochester Methodist hospitals alone… Mayo Clinic results mirror statewide ones in that “overall level of harm seems to have decreased, and the number of […]

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January 23, 2012

Wrong surgery cases hit a high

By Mystery User

Minnesota hospitals reported 26 incidents last year in which doctors performed the wrong procedures on patients — including 10 cases involving the wrong replacement joints, breast implants or cataract lenses…’Looking harder’ for mistakes The Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital in Rochester reported 12 incidents, including four wrong procedures out of 145,589 performed last year. The University […]

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January 20, 2012

Feathered invaders in my neighborhood

By Mystery User

According to a story in today’s P-B, City officials seem pleased with the noise-laser-dive-bombing-raptor program they’re paying for to keep crows away from downtown. Anecdotally, at least, there seem to be a lot fewer crows downtown these days. But at what cost to Rochester neighborhoods? I’m all for the bird dispersal program. It was worth […]

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January 19, 2012

Why is Mayo Clinic ‘exhibit A’ of what’s wrong with American healthcare?

By Mystery User

 Mayo Clinic‘s decision to build two costly proton beam cancer treatment centers is contributing to America’s medical arms race and is “exhibit A” of “what is wrong with American healthcare today,” according to a New York Times editorial by two prominent healthcare thought leaders. The problem with proton therapy is simple, according to the editorial: […]

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January 19, 2012

Helicopter Crash Kills 3, Puts Transplant on Hold

By Mystery User

A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available. The helicopter departed from a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Monday around 5:45 a.m. carrying a surgeon and a […]

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