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What is a hospitalist?

A hospital stay can cause feelings of worry and stress. Hospitalists care only for hospitalized patients, providing consistency and communication with their primary care provider.

Anne Liwonjo MD By Anne Liwonjo September 9, 2022

5 tips for wading through hospital quality rankings, ratings

You may think of yourself as a savvy consumer, but do you know which national quality rankings to trust when comparing health care providers? Mayo Clinic quality experts offer 5 tips.

January 18, 2022

The role of a certified nurse-midwife: Embracing nine months and beyond

Certified nurse-midwives care for women during pregnancy and beyond. One certified nurse-midwife describes the special connection she forms with an expectant mother welcoming a new baby to the family.

Gina Lee CNM By Gina Lee December 13, 2021

Masks play critical role in preventing COVID-19 spread, infection

Mayo Clinic researchers confirms the critical role of masks and physical distance in helping stop the spread of COVID-19.

November 25, 2020

Finding new purpose as a hospice volunteer

My heart was touched after reaping the benefits of the hospice program when my husband was dying from cancer 14 years ago. I never forgot what a volunteer being there for us meant to my family and me. I knew that someday I wanted to be involved in the program.

September 12, 2017

Volunteering: Giving back to the community

My name is Nancy Nix. I am a 70-year-old retired grandmother of 10 grandchildren. I decided to give back by becoming a volunteer in 2014 after my husband of 32 years needed surgery and received such great care.

May 1, 2017

Paws Force: Offering a helping paw to patients in need

My dog, Bernie, and I volunteer together on the Paws Force team using animal-assisted therapy for patients in need of comfort or a smile

April 17, 2017

The future of health care starts today

Although many factors have played a role in defining the current state of health care, we need to begin focusing on a deeper, more fundamental view of health care.

January 24, 2017

Pet dog brightens days of hospice patients

Cindi Thurston, hospice volunteer, is part of the pet therapy team at Mayo Clinic Health System. She and her partner, Watson, travel to homes and nursing facilities in the Chippewa Valley visiting with hospice patients. Read her story...

September 9, 2016

One family, three generations of medical care

For one family in northwestern Wisconsin, care for the patient goes back three generations. The story comes full circle, as it starts and continues at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

December 24, 2014

Operating Room 10 and Dr. Charles William Mayo

Retired nurse Elaine Stewart recalls Operation Room 10 and Dr. "Chuck".

December 12, 2014

Preparing for the future

As graduation approaches, talk with your kids about their hopes and dreams, and remind them of their responsibility when it comes to alcohol.

May 2, 2014