Hospital Clinical Laboratory Donates $1,000 to Poverello Foundation


Each year during National Medical Laboratory Professionals' Week, the staff members in the Mayo Clinic Hospital Clinical Laboratory (HCL) come together to raise money for a worthy cause.

The “Tree of Life” honors gifts to the Poverello Foundation.
The “Tree of Life” honors gifts to the Poverello Foundation.

As part of this year’s celebration, HCL hosted a “Walking Taco" fundraiser, which was well-supported by staff from many work units around campus. The HCL Social Committee and PEACH Team facilitators Amy Wockenfus, Nikki Myhre, and Renee Scott organized the event. All supplies for the event were donated by HCL tech members, and the money raised was given to the Poverello Foundation.

The Poverello Foundation is a ministry that provides financial support to patients who cannot pay for needed medical and surgical care at Mayo Clinic Hospital—Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. Since 1983, the foundation, named after Saint Francis of Assisi, has granted financial support to more than 7,200 patients who were not able to pay for the care they received. Saint Francis was born into a prosperous Italian family in 1182 and spent his life helping others. He soon became known as “Il Poverello,” which means “the little poor man.”

The HCL’s $1,023 gift to the Poverello Foundation will be recognized with an engraved golden leaf on the “Tree of Life,” a sculpture that commemorates gifts in support of the Poverello Foundation. The sculpture is located in the main floor lobby of the Francis Building on the Saint Marys Campus.

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