Karen Bell

Founder, Gift of Giving - Kindness Matters - A Community Driven Initiative

Karen is the Founder of Gift of Giving – Kindness Matters, a community-based volunteer organization that receives donations based on a “Wish” List, creates Gratitude Gifts, and presents the Program: Kindness, Gratitude & Spirituality to the Front-line Employees at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Karen is also the Founder of a Volunteer Group called the Do-Gooders, a Mayo Clinic employee/volunteer group that donate and provides home cooked meals at the Gift of Life Transplant House, Rochester, MN

Karen is a General Internal Medicine Administrative Assistant. Karen’s role at Mayo Clinic also includes supporting the COVID Front-Line Care Team, GIM COVID Team and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Karen is also a Coordinator for HICS – Hospital Incident Command System, a Hospice Volunteer, a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and is the Co-Chair for the Auction Committee for the Eagles Cancer Telethon held yearly in Rochester, MN.

Karen graduated with Honors from Western Technical College with a Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Karen is a Licensed RRT. Karen’s Career highlights include: Owner/Operator Private Hospice Business:18 years. Throughout her career, Karen has been known for volunteer work, coordinating volunteer opportunities, coordinating Benefits.

Karen has received numerous Recognition Awards as an employee of Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN.

  • Compassion and Healing (January 2021)

o Colleague Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Above and Beyond Award for Compassion (January 2021)

o Division of General Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Above and Beyond Award for Healing (February 2021)

o Division of General Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Above and Beyond Award for Compassion (November 2020)

o Operations Manager Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Silver Quality Essentials Award

o Patient-centered Quality Improvement in Health Care

o Mayo Clinic Quality Improvement Project (November 2019)

  • Above and Beyond Award for Compassion and making a difference

o Operations Manager Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN (October 2018)

  • Above and Beyond Award for Compassion and touching the lives of others (June 2016)

o LVAD Department Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Above and Beyond Award for Compassion (November 2015)

o Department of Cardiovascular Surgery Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

Karen enjoys giving back to others and believes that “Kindness Matters”