Community Update, July 2019
Summer has officially arrived, meaning lots of outdoor fun – camping, fishing, boating, you name it. As usual, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is fully onboard with summer fun, recreation and wellness, including sponsoring a couple of programs to encourage families to get outside, be active and eat well. Internally, we’re also working hard on some improvements and construction projects that we’ll be excited to unveil very soon.
Below is a snapshot of what’s been taking place at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
- We launched a new program this summer, called “Slim Your Screen Time,” which encourages families to put down their devices and get outdoors. The virtual challenge asks families to complete 30 or more activities from a list of over 100. Families can track their progress on a game board. By registering at mayoclinichealthsystem.org/screentime, you’ll receive emails along the way to stay motivated.
- As proud sponsors of the Power of Produce program, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is encouraging people to visit the Fairmont Farmers’ Market all summer. Power of Produce encourages youth to eat healthy foods. Those ages 4 to 12 can check in at the Rural Advantage booth at the Farmers’ Market to receive tokens to use to purchase fresh produce from any of the market vendors. Farmers’ markets are held in the Five Lakes Centre parking lot every Saturday morning through October and, beginning July 9, every Tuesday evening through September.
Growth and Services
- Mayo Clinic Health System has a new patient self-scheduling tool, called ticket scheduling, being piloted in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine for certain lab tests. The goal is to create additional electronic scheduling options for our patients. Ask patient appointment scheduling specialists for more information.
- Mayo Clinic Health System’s southwest region also has a new patient self-scheduling tool that is being piloted in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Nephrology. Fast Pass is a new digital scheduling option that aims to increase scheduling convenience for patients. The program gives patients the opportunity to receive notifications by email and text of appointments that are available earlier than their currently scheduled appointment times. They then have the option to go online and claim the earlier slot.
- The Stroke Program has been designated once again as being Acute Stroke Ready by the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Designation Review Committee with the State of Minnesota. The committee did a thorough review, and the designation is good for three years.
- Construction has wrapped up on the new road around the medical center campus. Thanks to all of our visitors for your patience while the work was being completed. Construction is in the works to upgrade our MRI, as well as a minor remodel of the space. The project will be finished in the fall. Also, the Lutz Cancer Center construction project is progressing nicely with an open date scheduled for mid-August. Finally, we are excited to announce an additional construction project on the horizon. We will be relocating Cardiac Rehab services to a vacant area of Lutz Wing, adjacent to the Cancer Center, as well as the existing rehabilitation services area (physical therapy/occupational therapy/speech therapy). This project, to be completed in early fall, allows us to improve upon the patient experience in Cardiac Rehab, expand the space and add equipment.
- Marie Morris, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
- Amy Long, administrator, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
If you have any comments or questions, Email or call Amy Long at 507-238-5070.