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Nov 13, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees Names Bobbie Gostout, M.D., Vice President

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. The announcement was made today at the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees quarterly meeting.

Dr. Gostout will be the physician leader for Mayo’s community practice in the Midwest, including Mayo Clinic Health System in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin and Mayo Clinic’s Minnesota-based community care locations. horizontalShe succeeds Rob Nesse, M.D., who, in July, became Mayo’s first senior medical director of Payment Reform, and Brian Whited, M.D., who has served since that time as interim physician leader. In her new role, Dr. Gostout, along with her administrative partner, Mark Koch, will lead the integration of Mayo’s specialty and community care practices in the Midwest, and guide the implementation of all aspects of Mayo’s strategic and operating plans.

Dr. Gostout will transition into her new role through the end of 2015. This will ensure a smooth leadership transition for Mayo’s community practice in the Midwest and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Rochester, Minnesota, where she has been department chair since 2007.

MEDIA CONTACT: Micah Dorfner, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu [...]

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Sep 30, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Well Living Lab opens during Mayo Clinic Transform 2015

Birds' eye view of Delos-Mayo Clinic Well Living Lab

Delos®, Mayo Clinic collaborate on first ever, human-centered research center
dedicated to creating healthier indoor spaces

Rochester, Minn. (September 30, 2015)— Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people don’t realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Today marked the opening of the Well Living Lab, a new research facility dedicated to studying these environments and creating healthier indoor spaces in which to live, work and play.

“There is a growing awareness and body of scientific evidence that indoor, built environments can affect human health and well-being, with the perception often being that indoor environments have a negative impact on health,” said Brent Bauer. M.D., medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “But new knowledge shows that by building healthier indoor environments, we can actually preserve and enhance human health and quality of life.”

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Callie Stanton, Delos  cstanton@nikecomm.com 646-654-3438
Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic newsbureau@mayo.edu 507-284-5005
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Sep 15, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic awards sixteen named professorships

Named Professorships logoROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic recognized 16 new named professorships with a dinner and program on Sept. 14. Awarded through nomination and peer endorsement, and in honor of Mayo benefactors, this appointment is Mayo Clinic’s highest academic distinction.

The named professors are:

Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has received the Margaret Amini Professorship in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Research. She also serves as vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and as a professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in biology and biochemistry/molecular biology and orthopedics. Dr. Westendorf’s bio can be found here.

Margaret Redfield, M.D., a cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine, has been recognized as the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Cardiology and Critical Care. She is also the director of Mayo’s Circulatory Failure Program and co-director of the Cardiorenal Research Laboratory.  Dr. Redfield’s bio can be found here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu. [...]

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Jul 22, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge to offer entrepreneurs $100,000 start-up funds, expert guidance

Rochester, Minn. Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic Ventures and AVIA today announced the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge, a national competition offering awards totaling $100,000 for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to transform the future of health and health care.Mayo Clinic Think Big Challenge - logo

Entrepreneurs can apply for one of two $50,000 THINK BIG challenge awards in these categories:

  • Got Health?
    This challenge will focus on healthy people staying healthy and explore areas such as eating healthy, enhancing well-being, monitoring risk factors and engaging in daily exercise.
  • I Am Not My Disease
    This challenge will tackle the presumption that people are defined by their disease and explore areas such as access to health data, health literacy and behavior modification.

In addition, Mayo Clinic experts will guide winners for a year as they develop their concepts for market. Apply for the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge by Saturday, Aug. 15, at transformconference.mayo.edu/think-big.

The THINK BIG competition will culminate on Thursday, Oct. 1, in Rochester, Minnesota, at the Transform 2015 conference, a gathering of industry leaders exploring the future of health and health care. Finalists will compete on stage in a live presentation. A panel of judges will select the winners with input from the Transform audience using smartphone technology.

Media Contacts:
Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu;
Cathryn Kennedy, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, 612-309-3951, newsbureau@mayo.edu
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Mar 16, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

The City of Rochester Announces Proposed Acquisition of Historic Chateau Theatre

Chateau Theatre building on Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester

Chateau Theatre in Peace Plaza, downtown Rochester, Minn.

ROCHESTER, Minn.  –  The City of Rochester today announced the proposed acquisition of the historic Chateau Theatre located in Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester. The city will discuss executing a purchase agreement for the 88-year-old theatre at its April 6 City Council meeting.

“This a tremendous opportunity for us to preserve this iconic element of Rochester’s history and invest in our future,” said Mayor Ardell Brede, “Thanks to the generosity of Mayo Clinic, we are now able to meet the purchase price of six-million dollars.”

Journalists: Sound bites and b-roll from the event are in the downloads.

 

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Mar 3, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Reports Strong Performance in 2014, Extends Hope and Healing to Millions

Dr. Noseworthy

Dr. Noseworthy

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic reports a strong 2014 performance, including providing direct care for more than 1.3 million people, contributions of $410 million to its pension plan as a commitment to employees, and plans for a $1.5 billion investment to fund information technology infrastructure.

“Whether viewed through the lens of quality, patient outcomes, research advances, operational performance or sharing our knowledge with the world — by all measures, we had an extraordinary year,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “That success allowed us to reinvest in our people, our infrastructure and our mission so we can better serve our patients.”

Jeff Bolton

Jeff Bolton

“As a nonprofit organization, it’s important for us to not only reinvest in our technology infrastructure, but also invest in our employees,” says Jeff Bolton, vice president, administration, Mayo Clinic. To that end, Mayo Clinic made an additional contribution of $190 million to its pension fund, bringing the total 2014 contribution to $410 million. This additional investment was necessary to ensure Mayo Clinic will meet its commitment to current and future retirees.

“Our financial performance gives us the flexibility to invest in new initiatives that will help our patients,” says Kedrick Adkins Jr., Mayo chief financial officer. These funds are committed to mission-advancing projects. The funding includes five areas of focus, Adkins says:

Kedrick Adkins Jr.

Kedrick Adkins Jr.

  • Information technology infrastructure: $1.5 billion over multiple years to fund a new electronic health record and revenue cycle management system, network refresh and data transaction security upgrades.
  • Employee pension plan: $410 million contribution in 2014. This includes an originally planned $220 million contribution and an additional $190 million contribution as a commitment to fully fund the pension plan for employees.
  • Practice innovation: approximately $200 million in 2014 which includes funding of Mayo’s three hybrid centers — individualized medicine, regenerative medicine and the science of health care delivery — as well as Mayo Clinic practice priorities and information knowledge management activities.
  • Education: $275 million in 2014 funding for educational activities.
  • Research: $648 million in 2014 funding for research activities — $276 million from Mayo and $372 million from external resources.

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Feb 20, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Members, Recognize Named Professors

Dr. Gianrico Farrugia

Dr. Gianrico Farrugia

PHOENIX — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. ,as a new member, re-elected two internal trustees and one public trustee, and also recognized three recipients of Mayo Clinic named professorships at its board meeting today.

Dr. Farrugia was named Mayo Clinic vice president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, in August 2014. He replaces William Rupp, M.D., who retired at the end of 2014 and was elected as an emeritus trustee. Michael Powell, who joined the board in 2011, was re-elected as a public trustee. Powell, who is president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the FCC for eight years.

Dr. Veronique Roger

Dr. Veronique Roger

The board re-elected two internal trustees:

  • Pam Johnson, R.N., chair, Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing. Ms. Johnson will serve a one-year term.

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees also recognized three new named professorships, the highest academic distinction for faculty members at Mayo Clinic. [...]

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Jan 20, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Response to President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative

ROCHESTER, Minn -- Acting Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Richard Weinshilboum M.D., says, "We are pleased and heartened that President Obama plans to increase federal funding for precision or individualized medicine, which Mayo Clinic views as integral to the future of health care. Clínica de Medicina PersonalizadaWe eagerly await more details of the initiative and look forward to contributing however we can. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine has been a leader in this field for many years and opened the world's first integrated, multidisciplinary Individualized Medicine Clinic for patients with rare or undiagnosed diseases and patients with cancers."

For more information about the Mayo Clinic Center For Individualized Medicine:  http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/

MEDIA: To interview Dr. Weinshilboum contact Sam Smith or Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.

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Jan 20, 2015 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Selects Epic as Strategic Partner for Electronic Health Record and Revenue Cycle Management System

Dr. John Noseworthy

John Noseworthy, M.D.

ROCHESTER, Minn., — Mayo Clinic announced today that Epic has been selected as its strategic partner for a single, integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) system. The new system will replace Mayo’s three EHRs in use today and will be a foundation for Mayo Clinic operations over the next several decades.

“We’re confident in choosing Epic as our strategic partner as we continue to enhance Mayo Clinic’s excellence in health care and medical innovation,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. [...]

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Nov 14, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Board Member

Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.

Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., as a new public member at its quarterly meeting today.

Dr. Coleman is president emeritus of the University of Michigan, (U-M) an institution she led for 12 years before retiring in July 2014. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She previously was president of the University of Iowa.

As University of Michigan president, Dr. Coleman unveiled several major initiatives designed to impact on future generations of students, the intellectual life of the campus, and society at large. The initiatives focused on the interdisciplinary richness of the U-M, student residential life, the economic vitality of the state and nation, global engagement and the value of innovation and creativity. President Obama chose Dr. Coleman to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government.

Click here for a bio of Dr. Mary Sue Coleman.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu.

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Aug 8, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees Names Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic’s Campus in Jacksonville, Florida

Board Also Recognizes Four Recipients of Mayo Clinic Named Professorships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic vice president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Farrugia succeeds William Rupp, M.D., who will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2014. The announcement was made today at the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees quarterly meeting where the board also recognized four recipients of Mayo Clinic named professorships.

Soundbites of Dr. Noseworthy are available in the downloads box.

Dr. Gianrico Farrugia

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

“Dr. Farrugia brings a wealth of experience to his new role,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and chief executive officer. “He is a physician-leader who brings to this important role a deep commitment to Mayo’s values, mission and strategic vision, along with a passion to lead and equip teams to reach more patients and strengthen Mayo Clinic’s position as a global health care leader. He has a strong commitment to continuing Dr. Rupp’s legacy of involvement and leadership in the Jacksonville community.”

Dr. Farrugia has been with Mayo Clinic for more than 26 years as a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Division of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. He is also a professor of medicine as well as physiology and biomedical engineering. Dr. Farrugia has served in numerous leadership roles at Mayo Clinic with multisite responsibilities, both in his specialty and at the organizational leadership level. He currently serves as director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and director of Mayo Clinic’s Enteric Neuroscience Program. He previously served as research chair of the Department of Medicine.

In his new role, Dr. Farrugia will work with Bob Brigham, chief administrative officer in Florida, to provide leadership and direction, defining and implementing Mayo Clinic’s operational plan and continuing to expand Mayo Clinic’s leadership and reach in the Southeast and beyond.
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Aug 8, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Trustees Recognize New Named Professors

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees recognized four new named professorships, the highest academic distinction for faculty members at Mayo Clinic, during its quarterly meeting today.

 

Dr. Michael Brodsky

Dr. Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky, M.D., a physician with joint appointments in the Department of Neurology and Department of Ophthalmology, is recognized as the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Professor in Ophthalmology Research. The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, incorporated in 1956, is a charity sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. The organization’s mission is to improve vision through research and education and by supporting access to care.

As a researcher, Dr. Brodsky focuses on evolutionary mechanisms of infantile strabismus (a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with one another); congenital optic disc anomalies; ocular motor physiology; nystagmus (a condition of involuntary eye movement acquired in infancy or later in life, that may result in reduced or limited vision); and other ocular motility disturbances. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks, including the definitive Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology.

He has also established a video-oculography laboratory at Mayo Clinic to study the role of binocular luminance disparity in infantile strabismus.

Dr. Douglas Husmann

Dr. Douglas Husmann

Douglas Husmann, M.D., Department of Urology, is recognized as the Anson L. Clark Professor in Urology. This professorship was established in 1974 by The Clark Foundation of Dallas, Texas, in memory of Anson L. Clark, M.D. Dr. Clark was a member of the Mayo Clinic staff in the section of special urology and an instructor in urology from 1931 to 1934.

As a urologist, Dr. Husmann’s clinical and research focus includes pediatric and reconstructive urology, and he has extensive experience in urologic reconstructive surgical procedures in both congenital abnormalities and traumatic injuries. He excels at translating basic science findings to the clinical arena. His work has resulted in numerous advances in the fields of androgen receptor physiology, the management of reproductive congenital abnormalities, traumatic genitourinary injuries and reconstructive urology.

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May 9, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Members

Armando Codina

Armando Codina

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Armando Codina and Diana Taylor as new members at its quarterly meeting today.

Codina is executive chairman of Codina Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and development firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. Codina formed Codina Partners in 2009 and through this entity and its affiliates is engaged in multiple real estate development and investment activities. The firm’s portfolio includes mixed-used projects, commercial buildings and other investments primarily in Florida. Previously, Mr. Codina served as chairman of Flagler, a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Coral Gables. The company’s portfolio spanned more than 12 million square feet of Class-A office and industrial space throughout Florida.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor

Taylor joined Wolfensohn Fund Management, New York, as managing director and a member of the fund’s Investment Committee in 2007. From 2003 to 2007, she was superintendent of banks for New York state, overseeing the regulation for over 3,500 financial institutions with assets totaling over $1.5 trillion. Before her appointment as superintendent, she worked for Gov. Pataki of the State of New York, and she started her career as an investment banker at Smith Barney, then Lehman, then Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette working on financing health and education facilities.

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, a 31-member group of public representatives and Mayo Clinic physicians and administrators, is responsible for patient care, medical education and research at Mayo Clinic’s sites in Jacksonville, Fla.; Rochester, Minn.; and Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com and http://www.mayoclinic.org/news.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu.

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May 7, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic launches ‘YOU ARE … THE CAMPAIGN FOR MAYO CLINIC’ to perpetuate medical care research and education

You are...The Campaign for Mayo ClinicPhilanthropic effort supports patient-inspired innovations

ROCHESTER, Minn. — To accelerate the pace of research, solve unmet needs of patients and improve the quality of health care, Mayo Clinic today announced a philanthropic campaign to raise $3 billion by Dec. 31, 2017, strengthening Mayo’s strategic priorities in patient care, research and education.

“Reliable funding is the biggest barrier to advance medical breakthroughs that can benefit patients suffering from diseases,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “Traditional funding sources, such as federal grants, cannot cover the cost of discovering cutting-edge science and implementing those solutions in clinical practice.”

A focal point for the campaign is biomedical research. For example, funding will allow scientists and researchers to apply healthy tissues to regenerate and cure diseased organs; find trusted answers on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease based on an individual’s genome and harness Mayo’s collective knowledge to improve the cost-effective delivery of quality health care.
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Apr 21, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Destination Medical Center (DMC) Selects Subconsultant Team

Main Street Image for Destination Medical Center DMC

This artist rendition of Main Street is from the Rochester Downtown Master Plan.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (EDA) has selected the subconsultant team which will assist with the planning of the DMC Development Plan. The team includes:

  • Master Planner – EE&K, a Perkins Eastman CompanyDestination Medical Center DMC green and white logo
  • Infrastructure Planner – Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
  • Transportation Planner – NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates
  • Market Analysis and Economic-Fiscal Consultant – AECOM

“This world-class team of planners brings a broad base of experience with projects globally, nationally and throughout the state of Minnesota,” says Lisa Clarke, interim executive director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency.

The subconsultants were evaluated based on the selection process approved by the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC). Selections were made based on the experience of the firm, capabilities of the team proposed, knowledge of the market, and strength of their response to the request for proposal among other factors.
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Feb 26, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Reports Strong Performance in 2013, Reaching More Than 63 Million People

Mayo Plummer Building Reflecting in Gonda Windows

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 26, 2014 — As Mayo Clinic recognizes its Sesquicentennial year, the not-for-profit organization reached a record 63 million people in 2013. The strong performance was bolstered by successful implementation of new care delivery models — such as the Mayo Clinic Care Network — that provide knowledge to patients, physicians and consumers in traditional and new ways.

“Expanding our reach is not a new goal for us,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “In fact, as we consider our history, growth has been a constant for 150 years.”

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Feb 24, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic 2013 Operational Performance Report

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WHAT:Mayo Clinic Gonda BuildingAn opportunity to ask questions about Mayo Clinic’s 2013 performance.

WHO:
John Noseworthy, M.D.
President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Jeff Bolton
Vice President, Administration and CAO, Mayo Clinic

WHEN:
Noon CST/1 p.m. EST
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

WHERE:
Audio news conference
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Feb 21, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Board Chair and Members, Recognize Retiring Members

Mayo Clinic Arizona campusPHOENIX — Feb. 21, 2014 — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr. as the new board chair and George Halvorson as a new member, recognized five retiring public members and three internal members who completed their tenure, and elected four new internal trustees.

Di Piazza replaces Marilyn Carlson Nelson, who is retiring from the board. Di Piazza recently announced that he was leaving Citi as vice chairman and a member of the Senior Client Executive Group to serve as Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees chair. Di Piazza joined the Mayo board in 2010. He joined Citi in May 2011 after a long career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner and, ultimately, CEO from 2002 through 2009.

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Feb 7, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Mayo Clinic Seeks Input For Film About 'Doc' Graham

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 7, 2014 — Most people are at least familiar with the name "Moonlight" Graham as a character in the book Shoeless Joe and the film “Field of Dreams," but fewer people know that "Moonlight” Graham was an actual person, not a fictional character. And long-time residents of the Chisholm, Minn., area who remember Dr. Archibald Graham as their beloved hometown doctor will have an opportunity to provide photos, film and other information as part of an upcoming documentary film on this remarkable man.

Baseball card of A.W. "Moonlight" Graham, New York Giants outfielder.

Archibald, "Moonlight" Graham was an outfielder for the New York Giants before embarking on a medical career.

Mayo Clinic is producing a film about Dr. Graham and his professional association with Mayo Clinic. As a right fielder for the New York Giants, "Moonlight" Graham had one of the shortest careers in major league history. As a beloved physician in Chisholm, "Doc" Graham had a long career of exceptional dedication and service. An intriguing character in “Field of Dreams,” he is an exemplar of professionalism and ethics in support of Mayo Clinic values. He was inspired by and contributed to the work of Mayo Clinic as a solo practitioner far from Rochester. His little-known story shows that professionalism, ethics and values resonate with community practices as well as large referral centers.

Dr. Graham's career spanned World War I, the influenza epidemic, the Great Depression, World War II and the Space Age. Over the course of his career, "Doc" Graham visited Mayo Clinic more than 90 times to attend continuing education courses, observe surgery and confer with colleagues. His 15-year study of blood pressure in children was co-authored by Mayo researchers and the published work set the standard in the medical profession.

Doctor Archibald "Moonlight," Graham examines school children.

Dr. Archibald, "Moonlight," Graham examines school children in Chisholm, Minn. (Circa 1937 at Washington School, Chisholm)

Dr. Graham completed his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1905. While there, he also played on the school's 1904 and 1905 baseball teams. He obtained his medical license the following year and began practicing medicine in Chisholm, Minn. and served the people of Chisholm for 50 years. Dr. Graham died Aug. 25, 1965. He was 85 years old. He is buried in Rochester, Minn. [...]

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Jan 28, 2014 by KarlWOestreich · View  

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System Announce New 3-Year Payment Contract

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s leading nonprofit health plan and Mayo Clinic Health System, a family of clinics, hospitals and health care facilities owned by Mayo Clinic, announced today a new, three-year agreement that is designed to promote quality care while lowering overall costs.

Mayo Clinic Health System Logo

“Blue Cross and the Mayo Clinic Health System recognize that health care costs in Minnesota cannot continue on an unsustainable trajectory, especially when we still have material gaps in the quality of care,” Lee said. “Our respective organizations won’t be competitive in the marketplace unless we can demonstrate and be accountable for measured quality and overall cost of care for the people we serve. 

It's not just a payer issue or a provider issue. This agreement brings together the distinctive capabilities of each organization so that we can solve the problem together.”“This new type of contract works because it embodies shared priorities and purpose,” said Dr. Larry Lee, executive medical director for provider relations and quality at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
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