Sunday, June 23, 2013

Handy Tips For Getting Around Mayo Clinic: Rochester, Minnesota

OK~ I have spent more than my fair share of time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the past ten months. Every now and then I am asked for some advice on getting around while having appointments there. So, I thought I should share them with all of you here. If you should find yourself with an appointment at this top notch medical facility, I've got a few tips for you.

Once you have an appointment and are assigned a clinic number, be sure to set up an account online through Here you can view your appointments, test results, billing, insurance information, and a lot of other helpful information specific to your case.

There is a courtesy patient shuttle that runs back and forth between the Mayo Clinic building and St. Marys Hospital. It does offer services for wheelchair/scooter patients, as well. There is no set schedule, as it kind of depends on the needs of the people that are riding it each way. We have never waited more than 15 minutes for one. This shuttle picks you up and drops you off at the Main Entrances of St. Marys and Mayo Clinic. If you have an appointments at St. Marys and the Mayo Clinic building, this will keep you from having to move your car from parking ramp to parking ramp. We found this service to be extremely useful.

Several hotels within the area offer shuttles to and from the Mayo Clinic. Be sure to check with your specific hotel, as to the hours and days that services are offered. It's also important to note that many hotels in the Rochester area do offer discounts to families that have family hospitalized or with extensive appointments at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Be sure to ask before you officially check in or make your reservation. If you know you or your family member will have several days of appointments, I'd recommend actually calling the hotel before hand and see how they will accommodate your needs.

The free wi-fi around Mayo Clinic is easy and simple to use. Depending on your cell phone carrier, cell phone service can be sketchy in certain areas of St. Marys Hospital. We found it helpful to make calls outdoors, in the main lobby, and near windows in the hallways. There are plug ins throughout the waiting rooms areas, meeting the needs of today's tech loving patients and their families.

The outstanding care my family and I have received here has been much appreciated. Living about 90 miles from this facility, is a blessing in disguise for us. Both my Dad and I were diagnosed with health conditions that were untreatable at our local medical facility. We are blessed to live near Mayo Clinic. If you find yourself with an appointment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and have a question or two; feel free to leave me a note and I will do my best to answer your question.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention how beautiful the facility is- check this out!

Now, if someone would find the Maid that is desperately needed in this house while this Mom recovers from surgery, life would be even better!

 After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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