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Successful historic exam
Monroe Clinic medical assistant Sandy Quinn takes the blood pressure of volunteer patient Mark Donner on Monday. The live international reading of a patient chart between New Glarus and Donner's regular clinic in Canada was the first of its kind in the world. (Times photo: Bridget Cooke)
NEW GLARUS - A typical check-in at the Monroe Clinic in New Glarus was given a new twist Monday morning when three walk-in patients - two from The Netherlands and one from Canada - went through the motions of an average appointment with results simultaneously delivered to their countries of origin during a blood pressure reading in Wisconsin. The live test run was the first of its kind in existence, according to the Clinic. No other organization in the world had previously run the live correspondence.