ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — The cafeterias of Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and Methodist were a lot more crowded over the weekend than usual, and you can blame it on the Blizzard of 2019.
For many hospital employees this past weekend, camping out at Mayo was all in a day’s work. And, of course, the next day.
Without a safe way to get employees home, or confidence that they’d be able to make it back in to work, a little Minnesota ingenuity and practicality kicked in. In its own calculated and thorough way, Mayo realized what was coming and “activated its Emergency Staffing Plan.”
Simply put, a lot of people slept overnight in the cafeterias, and other unusual places.
“Due to staff not being able to travel after their shift, Mayo provided sleep spaces to staff throughout the campus, including the staff cafeterias,” explained Kelley Luckstein, a Mayo spokesperson. “This service allowed staff a safe option for sleeping, along with ensuring that we had adequate staffing to provide quality patient care during the storm.”
Luckstein was not able to give KTTC a guestimate on how many people stayed at work as Mayo Clinic’s overnight guests before going back to work. But it’s certainly now the stuff of legend at the place famous for proclaiming it is where the needs of the patient come first… even in a ferocious Minnesota blizzard.