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    Jacoby Center for Breast Health Opens in Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus today announced the opening of the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health, which was funded by a $5 million gift from Robert E. and Monica Jacoby of Ponte Vedra, Florida. The new 16,000-square-foot  multidisciplinary breast center offers patients a comprehensive array of diagnostic, treatment and after-care services for all types of breast disease, including breast cancer, in a single location.

placque, Jacoby Center for Breast Health; Florida“As a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic continues to expand and enhance comprehensive cancer care services to make them available to more patients in Jacksonville as well as all of Florida and the Southeast,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida. “The Jacoby Center for Breast Health will have a positive impact on patients seeking high quality breast health care. We greatly appreciate the generous gift from the Jacoby family that has made the new breast health center possible on our Florida campus.”

Robert and Monica Jacoby are long-standing patients and benefactors of Mayo Clinic whose gifts to the institution have exceeded $10 million.  In addition to the new breast health center, the cardiology suite in Mayo Clinic hospital is named to recognize their generosity. For more than a decade, the Jacoby’s were members of the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council in Florida, serving as ambassadors and advocates of philanthropy.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Sarah McLaughlin, breast center director, are available in the downloads. B'roll of the new center and other related content is also available in the downloads.

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

As the parents of four daughters, the Jacobys are dedicated to fighting breast cancer. “We want people to know there’s hope,” says Mrs. Jacoby. “From our own experience, we’re convinced Mayo Clinic is the best place to deliver that hope.”

Located on the second floor of the Davis Building on the Mayo Clinic campus at 4500 San Pablo Road, the new breast center features a clinical and support staff of approximately 50 people. They include women’s breast health specialists, breast oncology surgeons, plastic surgeons, breast radiologists, breast medical oncologists, breast radiation oncologists, genetic counselors, breast mammography technicians, nurse navigators and nurses.

Locating all breast sub-specialties in one common area enables specialty consultants to be more readily available to discuss complex cases and meet with patients to explain the sequence of their care. It also allows for a more effective means of scheduling patients, reducing wait times for appointments. The new breast health center provides patients with a serene environment where only patients with similar disorders are evaluated. The full integration of clinical services and research also improves patient access to the latest Mayo Clinic breast-related clinical trials.doctor speaking to patient; Jacoby Center for Breast Health; Florida

“The Jacoby Center for Breast Health is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary breast health facility in Northeast Florida,” says Sarah McLaughlin, M.D., a Mayo Clinic breast surgeon and director of the new breast center. “It allows for true integration and efficiency of care, as patients can now access breast health experts from virtually every related medical discipline in one location, from genetic testing, breast imaging and diagnosis to oncology care, surgery, plastic surgery and after-care support.”

Mayo Clinic‘s cancer program initiatives include a recently announced collaboration with St. Vincent’s Healthcare to provide expanded Mayo Clinic cancer care services to residents of Northeast Florida. Mayo Clinic also continues its nine-year relationship with the 26.2 with Donna Marathon, which helps fund breast cancer genomics research at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center in Northeast Florida designated by the National Cancer Institute and 1 of only 2 in the state. Mayo Clinic also is 1 of only 4 institutions in Florida designated by the state as a Cancer Center of Excellence and is nationally ranked in cancer in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals.

For more information, call the new Jacoby Center for Breast Health at 904-953-0707.

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