Mayo Clinic Health System, Waseca

Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca continued and strengthened community connections in 2017, according to a recent community report. (County News file photo)

Mayo Clinic Health System continued its connection with the community while modernizing its facility last year.

A community report summarizing activities in 2017 highlights some of the ways in which Mayo engaged with Waseca, from continuing a partnership with Waseca High School to having a presence at community events.

Mayo completed 117 baseline concussion tests in Waseca schools and 58 for Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton youth football. It also administered 31 post-concussion follow-up tests.

Among the changes to facilities was the addition of a medication dispensing unit to the operating room, improving access to medications needed for operations. It also completed a remodel of the conference rooms in the lower level, which can be used for internal purposes and for community education and other programs.

Mayo also reports that it replaced all beds in the emergency department with multi-use trauma beds, in addition to upgrading to a new cautery machine unit in the operating room, allowing for precise cuts with limited blood loss.

Mayo has also raised over $16,000 through its Waseca Hospice Fundraiser to help care for and support those facing terminal illness and saw its fourth year of a partnership with Waseca High School called High Step Academy, which gives students experience with clinical and non-clinical departments. Other partnerships with area colleges have helped students completing clinical hours.

Last year, Mayo participated in a number of community programs, including Relay for Life, Discover Waseca Career Days, Waseca County Fair, Waseca Early Childhood Fair and Taste of the Farm. It also remains active with community groups like Waseca Rotary Club and Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce.

As the city continues discussions about taking a more active role in the senior center, a discussion which has recently arisen due to the pending retirement of its director, Mayo has expressed interest in helping out with various programming.

"They have all those resources there at the Mayo facility and some great folks who would be able to help us out," said interim City Manager Duane Hebert.

Mayor Roy Srp says the talent and projects at Mayo are "astounding."

"It is very impotant to us that we have the facility we have," Srp said. "I use it and I know a lot of others here do, too. It's great for Waseca to be involved with such a fine organization."

Reporter Jacob Stark can be reached at 837-5451 or follow him on Twitter @WCNjacob.

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