Barbara Porter moved to Rochester 22 years ago, vowing to make it her home. She’s been active in the community ever since. Listen to her thoughts on opportunities to make Rochester even better by getting involved in the Destination Medical Center.
Roger White, M.D., a Mayo Clinic expert in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest intervention, tells NBC Nightly News (Oct. 22, 2013) about the pioneering program that put defibrillators in every police car in Rochester, Minn. The program is saving lives because first responders no longer have to wait for the paramedics to begin life-saving care. “Whoever gets there fast enough is the one who saves the patient,” says Dr. White.
Wondering what’s going on in Rochester today? The weather for tomorrow? Directions to lunch or a medical appointment?
A trio of new “self-service” kiosks offer visitors assistance for both inside Mayo Clinic and around town. While the kiosks are for everyone, they were created in part to cater to those who don’t live and breathe by smartphone. (And there are a lot of us!)
Find kiosks in the Charlton Building Lobby and near the information desks on the street and subway levels of the Gonda Building. They offer:
- Activities and current event listings
- Dining and lodging options
- Mayo Clinic and city tours information
- Culture, history and entertainment options
- A “Things to do Today” calendar
- Lecture, library and research information
- Weather forecasts
- Arrival and departure times for the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rochester International Airports
- Bus/public transportation schedules
- Directions, directions, directions
Try out a kiosk and tell DMC blog readers how it worked.
Rochester ranks No. 6 on the “Top 100 Places to Live,” released Oct. 16, 2013, by the website Livability.com.
The Livability team looked at data from 1,700 cities, with populations from 25,000 to 350,000. They factored in local amenities, diversity, the economy, education opportunities, housing, health care and community infrastructure. According to Livability, here’s what put Rochester at the top of the list:
- Mayo Clinic, health care provider and a top employer
- University of Minnesota Rochester and many other college/university options
- Great place to grow up
- Great place for job-seeking retirees
What do you like about living in Rochester? What would make it better?
Listen to the many Voices of Rochester — young professionals, health care providers, students, business leaders and more. In this 10-minute video, they share what they love about Rochester, from “tons of things to do” to the welcoming and increasingly diverse culture. And, they share their vision for the next 20 years.
Kudos to DMC Ambassadors Tyler Aug, creative director/editor, and Laura Elwood, producer, for this creating this video.
Lend your voice. What’s your DMC vision?
It took just 20 minutes for 300 free pumpkins to be distributed to children at the Pumpkin Festival on the Plaza in downtown Rochester.
The family-friendly event, on Saturday, Oct. 12, drew thousands who enjoyed arts, crafts, pop-up restaurants and yes, pumpkins. There were impromptu meet and greets with Captain Jack Sparrow, Cinderella, Cruella de Vil and Miss Pumpkin.
Thank you to Destination Medical Center Ambassador (and high school student) Gabriel Yeager. The Pumpkin Festival was his brainchild, and he was involved in the groundwork to make it happen.
Next year, he says, more pumpkins!
In 1939, amid the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Life magazine wanted to feature a story of hope. Its profile on Mayo Clinic included a photograph of “Joe Clinic” standing at the iconic Plummer Building doors. Serving more than 45 years as doorman and genial goodwill ambassador, Joseph Fritsch exemplified the service philosophy of Mayo Clinic – and today’s Destination Medical Center.
This photo is featured in a new 15-month calendar produced for Mayo Clinic’s sesquicentennial year.