Stories of the Heart


Mayo Clinic heart patients and family members returned to Mayo in Oct. 2008 to share stories of their care through a program called “Stories of the Heart: Through the Eyes of Our Patients.” 

Patients talked about their care at Mayo Clinic, focusing on the impact of Mayo staff during their stay.

“Hearing patients tell their stories, share personal insights of their care, and express their appreciation of the total team involved is very gratifying,” says David Hayes, M.D., chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. “Some of our staff in the cardiovascular division have never seen themselves as members of our larger team, or fully appreciate their own contributions to the patient’s experience. Everyone makes a difference, and they need to hear and understand how their contributions impact the successful experience of the patient.”

Here is one of those stories:

To see and hear from other patient participants, see this playlist on Mayo Clinic’s YouTube channel.

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One Response to “Stories of the Heart”

  1. Nancy Gallagher Says:

    In response to your January blog I am writing to Peter Reinhart who told a story about a doctor who he says saved his life. He said he didn’t know where that doctor is today. The doctor’s name is Mitchell Marion and he now practices at MeritCare in Bemidji. I went to see him about hearing loss and learned that after leaving Mayo Rochester he went to Mayo in Arizona and then came here to Bemidji, I expect to finish his work life in a quieter environment. He may even be retired by now. I’m sure he would appreciate hearing from a former patient and I will try to forward this to the clinic here but maybe Mr. Reinhart would like to know where Dr. Marion is as well.

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