American Diabetes Month: Signs to Watch and Tips for Prevention

Diabetes-MonthOne in 11 adults in North Dakota has diabetes, and the rate keeps climbing. That’s almost 60,000 people—more than the population of Grand Forks.

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, which usually develops in childhood; type 2, which is more likely in adulthood but is increasingly being diagnosed in children; and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

Why does it matter?
Based on the statistics above, diabetes is more common than you might think. Undetected diabetes is also common—one in four people with diabetes don’t know they have it—and when you don’t know you have it, diabetes can quickly get out of control.

Over time, the disease can significantly damage your heart, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation. Gestational diabetes can cause birth complications, negatively impact the health of your newborn and increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Detecting diabetes early is the best way to prevent painful, debilitating and costly damage to your body.

Dr. Eric L. Johnson explains, “Now is a good time to visit with your health care provider to assess your diabetes risk and to be screened appropriately for proper treatment and avoidance of future diabetes complications.”

What are the symptoms?

  • Increased hunger or thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Wounds that won’t heal
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Blurry vision
  • Sexual problems
  • Urinary tract and vaginal infections

Diabetes Symptoms

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If you have any of these symptoms, ask your health care provider if it might be diabetes.

How can I prevent diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually develops in childhood. Currently, we do not know of any way to prevent type 1 diabetes; however, we can prevent life-threatening reactions by catching and treating it early.

Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes can often be prevented by making positive lifestyle choices like eating nutritious foods, developing an exercise routine and working toward a healthy weight. Here are some other prevention tips:

  • Good fats, such as those found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds are excellent choices in small servings. Sub them in for saturated fats, which come mainly from meat and dairy and make our body work harder to control blood sugar.
  • With as little as a seven percent weight loss, you may be able to cut your risk of diabetes in half.
  • Skip the sugar. In one study, women who drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day had an 83 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who drank less than one per month.
  • Diets rich in natural, fiber-containing foods may help protect against diabetes. Substitute brown rice for white, use whole wheat pasta, and choose fruits and veggies for sides and snacks.
  • As little as 30 minutes of walking five days a week can help prevent diabetes.

Even with proper information, taking action and prioritizing change while maintaining happiness (and stress level) is no easy task.

Altru’s Diabetes Center serves patients, families and providers in our region through education, leadership, advocacy, and research in diabetes, health promotion and preventive services. It includes physicians, nurses and diabetes educators who help people diagnosed with diabetes manage medications and control the disease.

Altru’s Registered Dietitians are here to help you prevent or manage diabetes. Together, you can learn what changes might help you improve your energy level, feel better and prevent complications down the road. The perfect plan for wellness and prevention is not one you’ll find in a book. It’s the one you’re able to stick to and enjoy for the long run. Creating a plan that works for you—that’s what Altru’s dietitians are all about.

If you could benefit from meeting with a dietitian to prevent diabetes, or with any of the education center staff to expand your knowledge or get a fresh start with managing your diabetes, please don’t hesitate to call us or ask your physician for a referral.

Crist, JohnJohn Crist is a Registered Dietitian at Altru Health System.  He is especially interested in discussing strategies to create a healthy and positive relationship with food. In his free time, John enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and finding new ways to be active.

Celebrating the Power of Rural Health

It’s the message of many country songs today: small towns rock.

Small town pride runs thick throughout our region. In fact, just over half, about 52 percent, of North Dakota’s population is considered rural. Our small towns are wonderful places to live, work and play. Altru Health System is proud to be here, not only in Grand Forks but across the entire region, providing world-class care in the comfort of hometowns.

On November 20, 2014, we join in celebrating National Rural Health Day with the Center for Rural Health. Here are a number of ways we support the rural lifestyle.

Rural Health DayIn addition, we provide our small towns:

  • Access to consistent, high quality health care,
  • Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise through the Mayo Clinic Care Network,
  • Streamlined and efficient electronic medical records,
  • Emergency Medical Services, including training and support for rural volunteers,
  • Home Health and Hospice services throughout the region and
  • Wellness and prevention-focused community events.

You don’t have to travel far beyond Grand Forks to discover the beautiful small communities sprinkled across northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The people of rural America are known for being nice and friendly. It’s not uncommon to see a neighbor pulling someone out of the ditch or removing snow from a driveway. And, health shines through this hardworking lifestyle.

Learn more about Altru’s Regional Services. 

Are you from a small town? Give your hometown a shout-out in the comments. 

See also: Altru and USDA Partner to Increase Medical Access in Rural Areas

Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks: Making the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice

When you think about Greater Grand Forks, what comes to mind? Cold winters, hockey, aviation, innovation, super nice people, an awesome community? That’s what I think of. I grew up in Grand Forks, and it’s a place I am proud to call home.

Unfortunately, there is another thing that is common in Grand Forks. It’s one that many of us struggle with, and it’s something that we want to change.

The Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2013 identified the issue of obesity among adults and children as the number one priority for improvement. The data also showed that 60 percent of residents in Grand Forks County are considered overweight. Altru Health System, who led the charge on this assessment, knew that something had  to be done. So, we gathered a group of passionate health and wellness experts in the community and formed a coalition to make change: Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks.

We have worked hard over the past few months to develop projects that will help make the healthy choice, the easy choice @Work, @Home, @School and @Play. We are excited to announce our first set of projects, which will begin in January 2015. Over the next few years, we hope to build on these initiatives and effectively make healthy living part of the Greater Grand Forks “brand.”
Phase 1 Projects We encourage you take part in this initiative and challenge your friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same. It’s our hope that soon “healthy and fit” will be part of the Greater Grand Forks brand, and we need everyone on board to make it happen.

Follow along on the Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks Facebook page, and look for more information on our website, healthychoicesggf.org, beginning mid-December.

 

Let’s Get Healthy, GGF!

- Annie

for blog_2Grand Forks native and U of M advertising graduate, Annie Berge works in Altru’s Corporate Development department, focusing on community relations. She also leads the communication team for Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks, and is excited about helping her hometown get healthy. She spends her free time at the lake with family and friends and cheers on her husband’s hockey team in the colder months.

 

 

 

Positive Changes in Altru’s Emergency Room

AmbulanceWhen you think of emergency services, what comes to mind?

Sirens flashing? Patients rushing into the emergency room? Maybe a scene from your favorite medical drama on TV?

When we think of emergency services at Altru, we think about the positive changes in our emergency room and ambulances that help provide better, quicker access to care for our patients.

Improved Wait Times and Service
Health emergencies happen. When they do, you need care now. Luckily, that care is available, quickly. From January 1 through August 31, 2014, we’ve served:

  • 32,113 patients in our emergency room and urgent care combined,
  • seeing an average of 83 patients per day in our ER alone.

Thanks to increased communication and refined processes, our average wait and admission times have decreased. The providers and staff are continually focused on keeping the patient at the very center of their work to ensure a great experience.

We continue to “direct bed” patients so care can begin. If there’s an open bed in the emergency department, the patient is brought back immediately. Registration can then take place at the bed side.

New Technology
Altru’s paramedics respond to a wide variety of calls on a daily basis, some 4,755 calls since the beginning of the year. Some calls require the administration of CPR. Those patients now have new technology to help them breathe again.

Thanks to grant money from the North Dakota Department of Health, LUCAS devices were purchased for our ambulance services personnel to use. These automatic CPR machines provide hands-free compressions during cardiac arrest. The automation ensures the patient receives properly timed compressions, while alleviating responder fatigue and incorrect form. They also lessen the number of responders necessary for each patient, allowing them to perform other duties including administering medication and IVs as necessary.

Additional LUCAS devices are slated for the emergency outpatient department and intensive care unit.

Time=Muscle
When it comes to the heart, time is muscle. The more time that goes by, the harder it becomes for the heart, a muscle, to function. When a patient is suffering from a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), they experience a heart attack caused by a completely blocked vessel. This kind of heart attack affects large areas of heart muscles, and will register on an electrocardiogram (EKG).

With advanced equipment and technology, our paramedics are able to transmit EKG data directly from the field to our ER physicians. With this information, our STEMI team of cardiologists and cath lab staff is activated very quickly.

Response times to open critically blocked circulation to the heart has significantly decreased. Since this process was implemented in the ER in early 2013, we have been at 100 percent compliance on meeting the national goal time of less than 90 minutes to have the artery open, with a median time of 47 minutes.

Altru’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff takes pride in the delivery of quality service to our customers, whether they require emergency, urgent or elective care. Altru is a Level II Trauma Center serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. This designation from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the North Dakota Department of Health attests to our high quality of care.

We know this is an important community asset and strive to make each and every interaction as positive as it can be during stressful and uncertain times. If you have feedback on care you’ve received, please let us know.

See also: Emergency Room: Times are Improving (January 2014)

AxtmanRenee Axtman, RN, is Altru’s Administrative Director of Primary Care and has been with Altru for 30 years. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of North Dakota. Renee serves on the United Way board, her church committee and is active in youth sports organizations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family (husband, three sons and new grandbaby) and friends, traveling, sports, photography and gardening. 

5 Things You Must Know about Ebola

EbolaEbola. It’s on the news everywhere. What do you, as a resident of North Dakota or Minnesota, need to know?

1. Your chance of getting Ebola is very low. Unlike the common cold or flu, Ebola is not an airborne disease. In order to be infected, you need to come into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

2. Currently, there is no significant risk of Ebola infection in the United States. 

3. Avoid nonessential international travel, especially to countries in West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a non-essential travel
warning.

4. If you or someone you are in contact with has recently traveled to these areas, you need to be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. You are looking for signs and symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches and rash.

5. Experiencing these symptoms? Traveled recently? If the answer to both is yes, you’ll need to be evaluated. Contact your provider (or student health) immediately. If possible, call ahead to the facility where you will be seen in order for them to prepare isolation.

While the risk is very low, should Ebola present itself in Grand Forks or across the Red River Valley, Altru Health System is ready to act. We have knowledgeable staff, defined processes and proper equipment in place to handle whatever comes our way.

A Mother’s TEARS: Healing through Suicide Prevention

Michael“Suicide” became a part of my everyday vocabulary on August 3, 2003.

This was the day I found out my 18-year-old son, Michael James, had taken his life. The agony was unbearable. Why? How? When? What?

Prior to that day, I had no personal experience with suicide. When I heard news stories about it, my heart ached for the person and the family and friends left behind.

The Never-ending Nightmare
The week after Michael died was a whirlwind, and yet time seemed to stand still. This had to be a nightmare. How do you plan a funeral in only a day? There was so much to do, and I didn’t want to think about it. I had no choice. With the help of family and friends, we decided on music, pictures, scripture and hardest of all—his casket. None were perfect enough to lay my son to rest.

Family, friends and even some strangers stopped by to pay their condolences. We shared memories throughout the week. The support was appreciated, yet it was validation that Michael was no longer with us. My heart was heavy with sadness and disbelief. There would be no more memories with Michael. No more birthdays, graduations, wedding or future grandchildren.

CemetaryUnanswered Questions
At the funeral I had more unanswered questions. Was Michael aware of all the people that loved and cared about him? Numbness overcame me, and the funeral was over in the blink of an eye. He was really gone.

After a while, once I realized life was moving forward, I began searching for answers. I learned a lot about suicide through endless Internet searching. I was looking for ways to help myself, my daughter, family and Michael’s friends. One of my main goals was to help guide my daughter through this emotional roller coaster. We had to learn together how to cope with life without Michael. It became a lonely place to be. I felt isolated and wondered what people thought. Was I a bad parent? Were people judging me as a mom? What do I do now?

Forming TEARS
About a year after my life changed, I decided I needed to do something for myself, family, Michael’s friends and other people in this situation. I was not alone.

I contacted Michael’s high school counselor, Marilyn Ripplinger, who was instrumental in my healing. We discussed the need for suicide education for students and the need to help others who have experienced a suicide. There was nothing locally. I didn’t want anyone experiencing this tragedy to feel like I did. We decided to start an organization to help educate our community, raise awareness for suicide prevention and support the families and friends left behind.

In the fall of 2004, TEARS (Together We Educate About the Realities of Suicide) was born. Our mission was to educate young people about suicide prevention and support those left behind. Our team provided workshops with tools to help others if a person expressed suicidal thoughts.

TEARS in Action
We spoke to people around our community and even around the states of North Dakota and Minnesota. The first TEARS Celebrate Life Walk was held in September of 2007. We had over 300 participants and raised funds to support our mission.

Ten years since the first TEARS meeting, we have touched many lives. This journey has been a healing process for me and will continue to be. I take one step at a time to remember Michael and cherish every day.

In 2013, TEARS and Altru Psychiatry Center joined forces to further the mission of educating our community, raising awareness about suicide prevention and supporting those left behind.

TEARS Walk

Learn more about the upcoming TEARS Walk for Suicide Prevention, held September 14 at Lincoln Park. If you have personally been affected by suicide, Survivors of Suicide meets monthly to offer group support. 

See also: Robin Williams and Mental Health Awareness (GFPS Counseling Program)

Sandy 3Sandy Kovar is the STEMI (heart attack) and stroke coordinator for Altru Health System. She volunteers for many different projects and causes, including serving on the TEARS board and Camp Good Mourning board. In her free time, Sandy enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling and watching UND hockey. 

High 5! Reaching High | Growing Stronger

Most of us enjoy the opportunity to do our best and then see the positive impact of our efforts. High 5! Reaching High | Growing Stronger is an ongoing program designed to recognize our long-term employees who have celebrated their five-year incremental anniversaries in the prior year. During a cold and snowy February, over 350 Altru members joined in small group sessions with leaders and physician leaders to celebrate their accomplishments and engage in a dialogue on the difference their contributions make.

Ripple

Ripple Effect
The message of High 5! was simple: each life creates a ripple effect. Stories were shared about how one decision or “fork in the road” completely changed future paths. Leaders and employees discussed how important and valuable each person and role is to the organization, and that we cannot exist as a whole without each other. Participants were encouraged to note how they can continue to intentionally create positive ripples back in their departments.

Mind Map
One of the activities of High 5! included the creation of a Mind Map where participants sketched out their hopes and dreams for the future of Altru. The collective hopes and dreams of all of the participants have been captured in the “master” mind map image below. Our long-term employees were excited to consider how Altru can meet the needs of patients through increased attention to patient care and service, technology and facility development, access, wellness, community outreach and positive attitudes.

High 5 words

High 5 to you!
Congratulations to all of our employees who dedicate years of service to improve the health and enrich the lives of our patients and their families. Through our collective efforts, we will accomplish our vision to deliver world-class care to the people of our region. We look forward to continuing to recognize our employees with future High 5 sessions.

See also: Top 5 Themes from High 5! in 2013

Karen MellumKaren Mellum, PhD, is an organizational development consultant at Altru. She provides consultation and training on leadership development, team development, change management and employee engagement. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever, running, reading, volunteering and traveling.

10 Things to Know about Dr. Eric Lunn, Altru’s Incoming President

Lunn - 10 Things to KnowPerhaps you know Dr. Eric Lunn, the pediatrician. Maybe you know administrator Dr. Eric Lunn, Altru’s Chief Medical Executive and soon-to-be President. But, do you know Eric, the person?

I recently met with Eric, or “Ich,” a nickname coined by his three older siblings (he said it had something to do with silly putty). With an impressive resume of health care leadership experience, education and community involvement, Dr. Lunn is a true professional. He’s also a genuine, fun person who adores his family. Here are 10 things to know about Dr. Eric Lunn, Altru’s incoming president.

1. Born and raised in Bismarck, Eric’s first job was with Lunn Construction, the family business. It taught him the importance of hard work, honesty and working as a team.

2. He has wanted to be a pediatrician since the eighth grade. His dream job is taking care of children, in any capacity. There are five physicians in Dr. Lunn’s family—two brothers, two cousins and himself.

3. The best advice he’s ever received? “When my parents told me to marry my wife.”

4. Eric and his late wife, Cynth, have two daughters, Leslie (an RN at Altru) and Whitney (a graphic designer in Colorado). He’s a proud grandpa to seven grandchildren, ages five months to 13 years.

Lunn Cake

5. In his free time, you’ll find Eric at the family lake cabin, at any UND sporting event, teaching church confirmation classes (which he’s done for 17 years) or hanging out with his grandkids.

Lake

6. He’s left-handed and colorblind. “So, please tell me if my clothes don’t match.”

7. Eric’s favorite quote can be found on his office door: To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. –Unknown

He shared, “It makes me think of teaching and working with students. Everyone has an influence on others.”

8. His favorite food in the world is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He smirked, “What else would you expect from a pediatrician?”

9. If Eric had to practice one activity for an hour daily, he would choose tennis or meditation.

10. His role models in life are Dr. James VanLooy and Dr. Casey Ryan.

As President, Dr. Lunn will be responsible for providing the overall leadership to Altru Health System. He will continue his role as a practicing physician in pediatrics. 

Leave a message for Dr. Lunn in the comments.

See also: Humbled and Honored, Grand Forks Herald article

Angie - B+WPart of Altru’s public relations team, Angie Laxdal grew up on a farm near the small town of Crystal, ND. An advertising graduate of NDSU, she specializes in creative writing and social media. Beyond the office, Angie’s a wife, mom, home project DIY-er, baker and, most recently, runner.

9 Ways to Comfort the Grieving

Grief

“The only way to get to the other side is through the door.”
–Helen Keller

This is especially true when we are walking through grief. Society would have us believe grief is something to “let go of” or “get beyond.” However, grief is not something from which we recover. Grief is something that transforms us. It changes us forever. And, the deeper we love, the deeper our grief can be.

Most of us are not comfortable with our own grief feelings, let alone know how to help a loved one who is grieving. In his book, Healing a Friend’s Grieving Heart, Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers practical tips for helping someone through loss. Here are 9 ways to comfort the grieving. 

1. Understand the difference between grief and mourning.
Grief is the complex mix of thoughts and feelings we have when someone dies. Mourning is the outward expression of our grief. Both are vital to healing.

2. Remember the person who died.
Death ends a life; it does not end a relationship. Use the deceased person’s name. Remembering the past and storytelling are ways of helping the loved one live on through memories. 

3. Allow your friend to cry.
It’s OK to cry. Tears are a form of mourning. Resist the urge to offer a tissue right away. Though well-intended, this response tends to send the message that you’d like them to stop crying. Instead, lean close and lightly touch your friend’s arm or hand.

4. Help your friend move toward their grief, not away from it.
Our society teaches us emotional pain is to be avoided, not embraced. Yet, it is only in moving toward our grief that we can be healed. Don’t ask your friend how he’s doing; ask him how he’s surviving. This calls for a more honest response. 

5. Don’t fall back on clichés, religious or otherwise.
“Give it time.” “It was God’s will.” “At least he didn’t suffer.” “Now she’s in a better place.” “God only gives you what you can handle.” Although well intended, such clichés hurt because they diminish the mourner’s feelings and take away their right to mourn. Your friend may have faith, but still needs to mourn.

6. Do say:

  • I’m thinking of you.
  • I care.
  • I am here for you.
  • I want to help.
  • I want you to know I loved [name of deceased], too. 

7. Attend the funeral.
Even if you didn’t personally know the person who died, it’s appropriate for you to attend the funeral to support your friend.

8. Make a “Contact Pact” with yourself.
Commit to contacting your friend once a week/month. Vary the means and times so your friend won’t feel like something on your “to do” list. Don’t neglect your friend as time passes; mourners need support long after the event of the death.

9. Be mindful of anniversaries.
Anniversaries – of the death, life events, birthdays – can be especially difficult for the mourners. Be direct; say, “I know Bill died six months ago today, and I was thinking about you.” Let your friend take the lead from there. 

Community Support
On Tuesday, August 12, those who have lost a child are invited to attend the Cherished Children Memorial Service. This event seeks to support families who have lost a child by any means, at any stage of life. The event is free and open to the public.

Cherished Children

(Read about last year’s Cherished Children Memorial Service.)

Whether you are facing grief yourself, or supporting friends in theirs, know that it is good to reach for help. Altru’s Infant Bereavement Program, Pastoral Services and grief counselors at Altru Psychiatry Center provide resources for grief support.

Penny MillspaughPenny Millspaugh is the Holistic Care coordinator at Altru. Penny is a certified Bereavement Coordinator, Healing Touch Practitioner(L-1) and Spiritual Director. She uses these skills, along with aromatherapy and guided imagery, to help patients and staff work through grief, anxiety and pain. In her free time, Penny loves to sing with the Twin Forks Sweet Adelines Chorus, volunteer at her church and enjoy time with her family. 

Mayo Clinic Mobile Exhibit | A Must-See in Grand Forks, July 28

What’s on your bucket list this summer? Why not add a visit to the Mayo Clinic mobile exhibit?

Mayo Exhibit Blog Image

Throughout 2014, Mayo Clinic is celebrating 150 years of serving humanity. As part of the celebration, Mayo Clinic is visiting over 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada from April through October.

And it’s our turn Monday, July 28, 2014.

The expandable trailer will be on display in the parking lot of Altru Main Clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parked and fully expanded, the exhibit is 60 feet long and 28 feet wide. Experience Mayo Clinic’s story while exploring three areas: Essence of Mayo Clinic, Vision for the Future and Connect with Mayo Clinic. 

To prepare for the big day, we sat down with David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, for a quick Q&A about the exhibit.

Q: Why is Mayo Clinic producing a mobile exhibit?

A: Throughout 2014, Mayo Clinic is recognizing this milestone we’ve reached — serving humanity for 150 years. The mobile exhibit is one way to thank the patients and friends who’ve been part of the journey and to share our vision with the public.

Q: What is a mobile exhibit?

A: It’s a high-impact exhibition on wheels. And when you enter the vehicle, you’ll walk through interactive displays that tell the story of Mayo Clinic, including its history, advances in science and vision for the future of health care. In addition, visitors will discover many ways to connect with Mayo Clinic, including social media and online resources.

Q: Why is the mobile exhibit stopping in Grand Forks?

A: Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. That’s significant to us. And to recognize our relationship, we asked if Altru would host the Mayo Clinic exhibit in Grand Forks. 

Q: How big is the mobile exhibit?

A: Really big.

At 60 feet long by 28 feet wide, when expanded, you won’t miss it. That’s about half the width of an NBA court. Overall, it is nearly 1,000 square feet of multi-media displays.

Q: What are some highlights of the mobile exhibit?

A: The exhibit is divided into three thematic areas: Essence of Mayo Clinic, Vision for the Future and Connect with Mayo Clinic. The following principles are woven throughout the experience: teamwork, patient-centered care, innovation, leadership and integrity. You will see examples of new research to prevent and treat disease; care for wounded warriors; and Mayo Clinic’s impact around the world. The exhibit also notes how we’re working with physicians and health care systems around the world to improve the delivery of health care. A prime example of that is Mayo Clinic Care Network, which is of course, how we collaborate with Altru on behalf of patients.

And for fun, you can have your picture taken with the Mayo brothers in a photo booth inside the exhibit.

Q: How many people can tour the mobile exhibit at a given time? 

A: The vehicle can accommodate 50 to 75 visitors at once. The average tour time is 20 minutes. So, about 150-300 visitors can tour the exhibit per hour.

Q: What’s the cost?

A: It’s free.

Mayo Clinic developed the exhibit as an educational resource. There is no charge for the tour.

Q: How many stops will the mobile exhibit make? 

A: The mobile exhibit will visit more than 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada from April through October 2014, including Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Phoenix, and Jacksonville.

Q: How can people learn more about the mobile exhibit and Mayo Clinic’s sesquicentennial?

A. More information is available online. Visit 150years.mayoclinic.org and follow the conversation at #MayoClinic150.

Other questions? Let us know in the comments. We look forward to seeing you Monday, July 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.