Dr.Pruthi_BlogPost   “Can you help me connect?” was all it took for Dan O’Neil, Sr. Project Manager at the Center for Innovation to jump into ‘help mode’ and assist. Dr. Pruthi, Medical Director of Patient Experience at Mayo Clinic and the newly named physician lead of the Center for Innovation Connected Care Platform, embraces new methods and technologies to reach people without the boundaries of time and travel. This bit of serendipity revealed an even deeper connection between Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and Mayo Clinic then the team ever imagined simply because she found herself caught between meetings and away from her office (where normally such connections take place for Dr. Pruthi). Once connected, on-screen was a Harry Potter-like auditorium filled with upper class students from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, located in nearby Faribault, and the lesson this day was on breast cancer, in particular, the prevalence of breast cancer in both women and men, how to prevent and monitor our own bodies for signs of concern, and what to do when you see or feel a change in your body. They also discussed how activities like yoga and meditation can help in both treatment and prevention. Turns out Maren LaLiberty, M.D., and the Director of the newly established Bioscience Program at Shattauck-St. Mary’s, had reached out to Dr. Pruthi two years ago when the girls soccer team wanted to do a service learning project focused on breast cancer. In doing their research, they learned about Dr. Pruthi’s work on yoga and wellness activities focused on breast cancer prevention and recovery. Since their initial meeting the girls soccer team has raised over $4,000 for Mayo Clinic, supporting this research.

A sample of computer icons created by Vernon Smith, M.D., Mayo Clinic. These icons are used in the "YES Board", a communication device created with assistance and funding from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. A hospital emergency room is just...