Blood Donation Rings True for Heather Berg

heather-berg-bdcHeather Berg, a Technical Resource Specialist at Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester, started her blood donor experience as a student volunteer at her local high school blood drive.

“I picked up a phone book and started calling people to encourage them to give blood,” says Berg. “The number of donors at the blood drive doubled by simply talking to strangers—it was amazing.” After working the phones for many days, Berg became a first-time donor at that event.

Berg began her career at Mayo more than 11 years ago, and her dedication to blood donation has never waned. She says, “It’s remarkable that you can donate during work hours, if approved by your supervisor. I am so grateful that my employer offers this option. It’s a great incentive.

“Donating blood makes me feel good,” adds Berg. “I know that what I’m doing is going to help someone who really needs it, and that makes all the difference.”

Giving blood is simple and saves lives. With more than 20 blood drives each month at various locations across the Mayo Clinic campus and within Olmsted County, there is always an opportunity to drop in and donate blood.

How to Donate
For more information about donating blood in Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota, call (507) 284-4475 or email For more information about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, visit or like the center on Facebook.

Kelley Luedke (@kschrib)

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.