ROCHESTER, Minn. — September 26, 2012. Each year, Mayo Clinic commemorates its history, culture and values with a weeklong celebration to recognize all staff and volunteers who care for Mayo patients. This year's Heritage Days celebration Oct. 1-5 reflects on the "Spirit of Service" at Mayo Clinic that has continued through every interaction among patients, visitors, volunteers, students and colleagues for nearly 150 years.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Several activities are taking place across the Rochester campus.
Documentary Film: "Mayo Clinic and the White House: Caring for America's First Families" will be shown in Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Building, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Thursday, Oct. 4. There is no charge or advance reservation needed. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, award-winning journalist and member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, the film tells the story of Mayo's relationship with presidents, vice presidents and members of their families, spanning more than 100 years. The film is made possible by a generous gift from Karla M. Sorensen in honor of Marie and Albert Sorensen of Washington, D.C., and their family.
Midday musical concerts and dance performances are planned Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at several locations across campus.
Displays commemorating Mayo Clinic's notable anniversaries can be found in the Mayo Building Mathews Grand Lobby. One display features antique office furniture from the 1920s to honor the tradition of medical-administrative teamwork, a hallmark of Mayo Clinic.
Two vehicles, a vintage 1924 Packard Town Car and a historical 1976 ambulance, will be on display in Annenberg Plaza between the Plummer and Mayo buildings. The 1924 Town Car is custom-built and represents the collaboration of William J. Mayo, M.D., and business manager Harry Harwick. They often discussed plans for the future of Mayo Clinic during long rides in Dr. Will's Packard. The Miller-Meteor Lifeliner ambulance represents the history of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic. The vehicles will be on display Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Mayo Clinic's Research Information Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The center in the Gonda Building Lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Oct. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m., meet Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., and members of the Mount Everest Research Team to learn about their recent expedition.