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6 days ago · 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.


Sat, Aug 10 8:07pm · 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.

Fri, Aug 9 12:27pm · Upcoming Event - Happy Birthday, Dan Abraham! in Volunteer Programs


Volunteers are invited to attend the festivities at Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC) to celebrate Dan Abraham’s birthday.

  • When: Thursday, August 15th
  • Where: Downtown DAHLC
  • Who: All Mayo Clinic employees, retirees, students, volunteers, and their spouses. Bring a friend! All members and eligible members are welcome to bring one guest over the age of 16 to explore with you. Just stop at the DAHLC front desk upon arrival.

Visit the lobby level birthday table from 7:00 am to 5 pm for:

  • Games
  • Giveaways
  • Selfies and Photos
  • Wish Mr. Abraham a Happy Birthday
  • Everyone is invited to join the Happy Birthday Choir! Meet outside the DAHLC front doors at noon to sing Mr. Abraham happy birthday.

Festivities also include tours of the Healthy Living Program (HLP)!

The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, on the upper floors of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, is providing free tours throughout the day. In addition, the Healthy Living Program is offering four free classes during the day, followed by a healthy snack and brief tour. The free classes are:

  • 9:00-9:45 am – Everyday Joy
  • 12:00-12:45 pm – The Power of Play
  • 2:00-2:45 pm – Relaxation Techniques
  • 4:00-4:45 pm – Natural Movement

If you are interested in checking out the Healthy Living Program and enjoying any of these classes, check in at the 6th floor desk! The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is open to everyone – patients, caregivers, visitors, and the community. Spread the word!

Mon, Jul 22 8:20am · Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (MCMSC) in Volunteer Programs

SIM Center

Mayo Clinic had a “vision to lead in the application of new technologies designed to facilitate learning without associated patient risk and research in simulation-based education” and, hence, the Sim Center was created.

With a collaboration of Mayo team educators working to create this facility, a 10,000-square-foot space was opened on October 1, 2005, in the Stabile Building with another 1,500 square feet in the Guggenheim Building (aka Sim West) in Rochester.

The purpose of the space was to allow for training and education of the students and staff of Mayo Clinic.  The Sim Center does not charge Mayo Clinic learners for their training, although there is a charge for when there are courses that include learners external to Mayo Clinic.

While the Sim Center is available for any Mayo Clinic department, frequent users include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Critical care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Medical Students
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nurse Anesthetist students
  • Department of Nursing
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Quality office
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Vascular surgery

Hands-on training/practice is used to diagnose conditions and decide on the right treatment. They also practice communication and teamwork. Training may include using life-like, programmable mannequins (aka manikin) or even trained medical actors.

The center offers experiential learning using three modes of simulation:

  • Standardized patients – actors who play the role of medical patients
    • Moulage (casting/moulding/make-up) is used to create life-like cuts, wounds, bruises, etc.
  • Task trainers – virtual reality “video games”
  • High-tech mannequins – surrogate patients of a robotic nature

Nursing education specialists (NESs) and course directors work to develop education through a needs assessment. The objectives, target audience, resources needed, and any supporting documents are used to develop just the right type of education required.

Access to the building is only available to participants and staff involved in the courses.

Sim Centers were also opened in February of 2010 in Arizona and in February of 2013 in Florida.

If you wish to take a virtual tour of the Rochester SIM Center, please click on the following link: