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Wed, Mar 11 11:10am · Insomnia and Cancer in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

No change and sometimes worse, rather than better. Not many efforts seem to help; I use my lunch break to close my eyes, so I can get through the day! Thanks for asking…

Mon, Feb 3 7:43am · Insomnia and Cancer in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I don't read or watch TV in bed, I have blackout curtains and even cover my clock radio to block the light, I turn the thermostat to 66 degrees, don't use electronics and don't drink. I have also experimented with different bedtime routines, but nothing has helped. Sleep medications just make me feel hungover the next day, no matter what the med or dosage they have tried over the years. AND I have several female coworkers (ages 50-60) that also have sleep difficulty and have been unable to resolve their issues through doctor visits, medications, sleep studies, etc. So, I guess we'll just keep looking for answers and hope for sleep.

Fri, Jan 31 7:36am · Insomnia and Cancer in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

Good luck to all my fellow insomniacs! I've dealt with this condition since 2003 and have tried everything (sleep studies, aromatherapy, acupuncture, medications, etc.) – if you have any ideas, please send them my way.

Nov 4, 2019 · “When in Rochester, MN” Mobile Application Now Active in Volunteer Programs


Three Rochester organizations have discovered a great way to improve visitor and community member needs, in and around the city of Rochester, using a mobile application (app) called “When in Rochester, MN.”

This mobile app helps with navigation around the community and provides a calendar of local events, city maps, lists of stores & restaurants and much more! Mayo Clinic patients spending time in Rochester can find parking, concierege services and discover what types of transportation they can utilize during their stay.

This collaboration between Experience Rochester, Destination Medical Center (DMC) and Mayo Clinic has resulted in improving the “Rochester” experience for everyone!

Patients spend a portion of their day in appointments, but a larger part of their time is used trying to find places to go, things to do and in discovering a new restaurant to try, so this application will be a wonderful addition to the information already provided by the knowledgeable Mayo Clinic volunteers.

A “surprise me” button is also included on the app, in order to reveal facts about the city or sites that can’t be missed!

The app is now available to download on Apple and Android devices. More information is available online.


Oct 12, 2019 · Mayo Clinic Military Medicine Day in Volunteer Programs


Since many of our program’s volunteers are veterans, we wanted to share information about an upcoming military event at Mayo Clinic. The Center of Military Medicine will be hosting a free daylong event on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Phillips Hall to showcase Mayo Clinic’s military legacy in practice, research and education. Volunteers are welcome to attend.

Mayo Clinic employs close to 1,500 military members and veterans of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces. The program content will illustrate the contributions Mayo Clinic has made relevant to military medicine. The event will highlight Mayo Clinic’s work in aerospace medicine, research, technology, and our partnership in using simulation tools and other means to educate military service members.

Highlights include:

  • Matthew D. Dacy, Director of Heritage Hall will share Mayo Clinic’s legacy of Military Medicine, dating back to World War I (1864).
  • Walter B. Franz, III, M.D., MERG Veterans, Co-Chair, Family Medicine physician, will talk on innovative techniques to stop bleeding.
  • Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will discuss techniques to improve fall prevention for patients with lower extremity trauma.
  • Christopher (Kit) Dominguez, P.A., MAJ (retired)  Army Special Operations will share information on military working dogs and how they are re-purposed through the VA and charity organizations. He will also be bringing his re-purposed military dog (Zoey) for the presentation.

This is a free internal event for Mayo Clinic employees and volunteers. You may register online which helps gauge attendance; however, registration is not required. The agenda for this event is also accessible online.


Sep 29, 2019 · "Art in 10 Minutes" Helps Young Patients through Long Days in Volunteer Programs

Art in 10 Minutes

Photo of Jackie Butler, Art in 10 Minutes volunteer, with pediatric patient.

Mayo Clinic volunteers brighten the days for pediatric patients on Mayo 16 in a variety of ways. The most recent service offering is the result of a new collaborative effort between Child Life and Mayo Clinic Volunteer Programs. The summer “Art in 10 Minutes” pilot program has now been declared a success (and a much-needed distraction for pediatric patients on Mayo 16). The offering was modeled after a similar service being facilitated by a Mayo Clinic volunteer at the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center.

With the pilot phase ending, Art in 10 Minutes has begun full force, as of August 1, with a goal to “give young patients a chance to be kids while waiting for their appointments,” declared Ms. Marne Hoyer, Child Life Specialist. “It gives them a chance to be creative and expressive, as well as encourages interaction with each other in the lobby setting.” Coping with stress in a healthcare setting can be trying, so programs (like this) are definitely an opportunity to make the patient experience better with reduced stress. We are grateful for the generous support of Methodist Campus Volunteers to continue this service.

The activities also support the patients’ typical growth and development needs by doing normal things while they wait for their appointments. Craft projects are as patient and family friendly, as possible. They encourage creativity for all ages with projects including:

  • Emoji face masks (made from paper plates)
  • Tissue paper stained glass creations
  • Duct tape art (for older pediatric patients)
  • Or creations of their own making (using existing art materials)

During the pilot, four volunteers served shifts in the morning or afternoon. The goal is to have volunteers present in the lobby at least one time per day, Monday through Thursday, during busy appointment times (though making sure not to impede the workflow of staff or patients). Volunteers interested in joining the ‘fun’ can contact Becky Hynes.

This new service complements two existing volunteer services on Mayo 16. Pediatric book cart volunteers interact with children in the lobby area and activity bag volunteers visit patients who are waiting in exam rooms for their healthcare providers. Now we have another great chance to help children de-stress during these difficult days!

“We couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers,” Marne continued. “They jumped right in, gave us their feedback and used their passion to make this pilot succeed. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.”


Aug 18, 2019 · Mayo Clinic Handicraft Volunteers Provide Smiles and Comfort to Those in Need in Volunteer Programs


There is nothing more important than the patients, visitors, and guests who come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The handicraft volunteers from Methodist and Saint Marys campuses do their best to put a smile on the face of a child or adult, whenever possible.

Each week, volunteers spend time creating unique handicrafts that will touch the life of a child or adult. These handmade items include items such as stuffed animals, chemotherapy caps, pillowcases, beads of courage bags, distraction aprons or lap pads, infant caps, pediatric teaching doll gowns, walker caddies, prayer shawls, booties, hand or toe cozies, jewelry, various bereavement items, or baby blankets. These items are distributed to various departments throughout the Rochester campus. In 2018, the volunteers created 5,299 stuffed animals, 1,533 newborn caps, 1,393 pieces of jewelry, and 325 baby blankets, which are included in the total of 17,438 items that are created with love and provide comfort to patients.

The Methodist Campus special projects handicraft group volunteers all agree that this is a great way to connect socially for them. They enjoy meeting, talking, and working on their projects together. Occasionally they receive a word of thanks from someone who has received a stuffed animal whether current or years ago. This is very heartwarming.

Saint Marys and Methodist handicraft opportunities are for volunteers of all ages (14 and up). Both campuses offer opportunities to work from home. Methodist Campus has on-site special projects handicraft volunteers, as well. If interested in exploring these opportunities further, please contact rstvolunteermanagers@mayo.edu.


Aug 10, 2019 · Mayo Clinic Valet Parking Available for Patients and Patient Visitors in Rochester in Volunteer Programs

Valet Services

As a volunteer, you may encounter someone who has questions regarding valet parking. Are you familiar with Valet Services at Mayo Clinic? This is information that you can share with patients and visitors at Mayo Clinic.

Valet Services at Saint Marys Campus

  • Locations include: Mary Brigh Building and Emergency Department (west entrances)
  • Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and holidays (no weekends)


Valet Services at Downtown Campus

  • Locations include: Charlton Building and Gonda Building
  • Hours at Charlton Building (west entrance): 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and holidays (no weekends) – Charlton
  • Hours at Gonda Building (west entrance): 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and holidays (no weekends)

There is special needs parking available after hours (or where valet services are not applicable) for people with special needs that prevent them from parking their own vehicle.

Valet parking prices:

  • $8 for the first hour
  • $1 for each additional hour
  • $18 maximum

Note: Multiple-day valet passes (used for all Mayo Clinic patient-visitor parking ramps) are also available for purchase and have no expiration date.

  • One-use pass is $6 (only Mayo departments can preorder this)
  • Five-use pass is $25
  • Ten-use pass is $40

These passes can be purchased at the valet parking desks.

Mayo Clinic valet staff does not accept tips.