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At Saint Marys, Bernard van der Steen commissioned a sculpture that depicts St. Francis of Assisi as a vigorous young man, surrounded by the birds he loved.
September 23, 2018

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Flashback 50 years and a legacy of caring support lives on

For 50 years, the Bernard H. van der Steen Trust has helped ease the financial burden of cancer patients in need at Mayo Clinic. In 1968, Bernard van der Steen, a hotel and food industry entrepreneur from California, was a patient at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. He heard a patient crying nearby and asked his nurse why the patient was upset. When he learned the patient had cancer and could not afford her hospital bill, van der Steen —…

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