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Sun, Nov 24 6:06am · SEHA, Mayo Clinic enter joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City

Collaboration will develop complex-care hospital into international medical destination

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit global leader in medical care, education and research, have announced a joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions. As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will become a shareholder in the new operating company, marking a new type of partnership by an international health care provider in the UAE.

SEHA’s and Mayo Clinic’s clinical and
management teams are working together to open Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a
741-licensed bed hospital designed to provide specialty care across a range of
clinical practices, setting new benchmarks for medical care and experience in
the UAE. The collaborators have a common goal to be the preferred destination
for patients needing serious or complex care in Abu Dhabi, with a plan to transition
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into a premier destination for medical care in
the Middle East over the next decade.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of SEHA and Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic.

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“The nation’s founding fathers and
wise leadership set in motion a vision to deliver world-class health care for
the people of the Emirates. Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa
bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces,
the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi strives to provide UAE
nationals and residents with renowned healthcare services that match
international benchmarks, in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision. This has meant
significant investment over the years and the development of substantial health
care services across the country.” says His Excellency Abdulla Bin Mohamed
Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi.

“This partnership between SEHA and
Mayo Clinic is a major development for Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s health care
system, setting new benchmarks and delivering the advanced and specialist
services the community deserves. Investments like this are establishing Abu
Dhabi as a global destination for health care, in line with the Department of
Health’s vision to bring the world’s standards in healthcare to Abu
Dhabi.”

“This is a collaboration and a unique
partnership in the region, with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses, administrators
and others working side by side with colleagues from SEHA,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “Mayo Clinic’s
humanitarian mission and values are the foundation of our international
strategy, which includes sharing and extending our culture, clinical knowledge
and health care delivery expertise to help meet the needs of patients wherever
they are. We look forward to transforming Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into
the premier destination for medical care in the region.”

The announcement follows a period of
collaboration in which Mayo Clinic and SEHA teams developed a plan to activate 24
specialty clinics. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City opened and began accepting patients earlier this month and is
expected to be in full operation, including all inpatient departments, in early
2020 as Mayo Clinic builds a growing physical presence there.

H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of
SEHA says, “The Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is an exceptional facility
designed to provide world-class specialist care. Our pioneering new venture with
Mayo Clinic will see us joining forces around a shared set of values, a common approach
and a focus on delivering the incomparable level of health care Mayo Clinic is
famous for around the world, here in Abu Dhabi. This long-term collaboration is
a key part of our vision for advanced health care in the Emirates. With significant
inward investment and knowledge transfer to further drive the advancement of
the sector, the partnership builds on our reputation for exceptional care, but
is also a major boost for the Emirates’ health care industry, delivering on Abu
Dhabi’s Vision 2030 and SEHA’s commitment to the community. Our partnership
with Mayo Clinic will also allow the SEHA network to benefit from access to
Mayo Clinic’s vast experience, cutting-edge practice and research, and clinical
and non-clinical processes and pathways.”

“From our roots when Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo traveled the globe, Mayo Clinic has a legacy as an international organization that learns from others and shares knowledge and expertise to benefit patients,” adds G. Anton Decker, MBBCh, president, Mayo Clinic International. “This collaboration allows us to extend our reach and to collaborate with colleagues from Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City to provide hope and healing for those who need it most.”

As the flagship in SEHA’s health care portfolio,
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City creates a pathway for further innovation and development
of life sciences in the Emirates. The venture will enable UAE national medical
practitioners to benefit from new learning opportunities by partnering with
Mayo’s world-renowned specialists, helping create job opportunities across a
range of fields for local talent.

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City reflects
SEHA’s and Mayo Clinic’s shared commitment to clinical excellence and an
unparalleled patient experience. The multispecialty, state-of-the-art hospital
will be staffed by 2,240 caregivers, including more than 440 internationally trained
physicians. The facility covers 300,000 square meters, or more than 3.2 million
square feet. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is distinguished in the UAE by its
specialized services and advanced diagnostics, as well as the specialized procedures
offered, including procedures for the arteries, burns and shock, chest and
lungs, orthopedics and reconstructive surgeries.

As a national and regional center of excellence, the new facility also will use the latest health care technologies, including robotic surgery, providing precise, less-invasive techniques with the goal of achieving better patient outcomes. The investment in innovative medical technology is complemented by a new medical research center, in line with SEHA’s position as the main clinical research and teaching center in the UAE. This center is designed to promote comprehensive, interdisciplinary learning and treat the most complex medical cases.

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Mayo Clinic is ranked the No. 1 hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and in the world by Newsweek. It is the world’s first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice. Physicians from every medical specialty work together to care for patients. They are joined by the philosophy that the needs of the patient come first.

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About SEHA
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC–SEHA – is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public health care system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. SEHA is committed to continuous improvement of customer care to recognized international standards and providing the community with world-class health care. SEHA operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, more than 60 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centers and two blood banks. Its facilities accommodate 100,000 inpatients annually and conduct 41,000 surgeries, as well as treating more than 5 million outpatients. SEHA is one of the largest integrated health care providers in the Middle East, with more than 18,000 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel. Learn more about SEHA.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

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  • Amer Aidi, Group Marketing and Communications Director, SEHA, 9712410 2000, aaidi@seha.ae
  • Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu   

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Fri, Nov 8 12:00pm · Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Katherine Baicker as public trustee

buildings on Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elected Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.,as a public trustee at its quarterly meeting Friday, Nov. 8.

Dr. Baicker is the dean and the Emmett
Dedmon Professor at The University of
Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
. She is a research associate at the
National Bureau of Economic Research, and an elected member of the National
Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Social Insurance, and American Academy
of Arts & Sciences.       

Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.
Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.

“Dr. Baicker brings a great blend of experience, including in health care economics and insurance, to our Board of Trustees,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. “She will be an important voice in our board discussions, especially about the cost and value of care.”

Dr. Baicker also serves on the
Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, and as a director of
Eli Lilly and Company and HMS Holdings. She is a member of the Advisory
Board for the National Institute for Health Care Management and a trustee of NORC at the University of
Chicago
. She has also served as chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth
and
as a Senate-confirmed member of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Baicker’s research focuses on the effectiveness of
public and private health insurance, including the effect of reforms on the
distribution and quality of care. She is one of the leaders of the Oregon Health Insurance
Experiment
, a randomized study of the effects of Medicaid
coverage. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University
and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

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 in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System, a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

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Wed, Oct 30 9:00am · Mayo Clinic receives $15 million gift to jump-start new ideas, transform patient care

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — After giving $200 million to Mayo Clinic — the largest gift in the organization’s history — noted philanthropist Jay Alix has extended his generosity with an additional $15 million endowed gift. The fund will provide resources directed by the Mayo Clinic president and CEO to advance innovative ideas with the potential to transform health care.

“Mayo
Clinic has always had visionary leaders with more brilliant ideas than funds
available,” says Mr. Alix. “My hope is this gift will empower and
leverage Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise with emerging opportunities in
artificial intelligence, digital technologies, data science and more, advancing
Mayo Clinic as a global institution with the patients’ best interests in mind.”

Mr. Alix’s
philanthropy is in gratitude to the leadership of Mayo Clinic, honoring John Noseworthy,
M.D., emeritus president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. In appreciation of this gift,
Mayo Clinic will establish the John H. Noseworthy, M.D., and Jay Alix Chair,
which will be conferred to the sitting president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Mr. Alix,
a highly successful consultant credited with helping the American automotive
industry out of the Great Recession, has a long-standing relationship with Mayo
Clinic, generously giving his time and support. He is a grateful Mayo patient,
member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, Philanthropic Partner, and
co-chair of Mayo’s Global Advisory Committee of the Leadership Council.

Mr. Alix
began supporting Mayo Clinic in the 1990s, having modeled his own company after
Mayo’s clinical practice model — a patient-centered approach that includes
multispecialty collaboration, cutting-edge technology and dedicated staff
focused on delivering the highest-quality care to individual patients.

“We
are humbled by Mr. Alix’s incredible generosity,” says Gianrico
Farrugia, M.D.
, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “His expertise,
guidance and friendship have been indispensable to both Dr. Noseworthy and me,
and he has encouraged us to think boldly about the future of patient-centered
health care. Mayo Clinic and the people we serve are better because of him.”

Mayo
Clinic benefactors advance the organization’s mission in various ways,
including through named endowed chairs, professorships and directorships. These
important gifts recognize physicians and scientists who are leaders in their
fields, make it possible to train the future leaders of medicine, and advance
medical education and research in the interest of patients. A named endowed
position is one of the highest honors that Mayo Clinic bestows.

In 2018,
Mr. Alix made a $200 million gift to support the endowment for Mayo Clinic Alix
School of Medicine.

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About Jay Alix
In 1981, Mr. Alix, an expert in corporate turnarounds and restructurings, founded AlixPartners LLP, now the leading global turnaround consultancy. Although no longer in management at the firm, he remains a member of its board of directors. In recent years, Mr. Alix has concentrated on philanthropy, including the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous documentary movies and Tony Award-winning theatrical productions on Broadway.

About Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Originally established in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1972, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is ranked among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. A national medical school with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, it is a transformative leader in medical education. With one of the largest faculty-to-student ratios in the country, Mayo’s medical school is able to offer students leading-edge clinical experiences at top-ranked hospitals across all Mayo locations.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

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Fri, Aug 9 1:05pm · Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Dr. Williams as trustee

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo
Clinic Board of Trustees
elected Amy
W. Williams, M.D.
, as an internal trustee
at its quarterly meeting on Friday, Aug. 9.

“Dr. Williams is a highly
accomplished leader and physician,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.,
Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. “Her leadership responsibilities inside
and outside of Mayo Clinic, commitment to our values, and focus on building
teams to serve the needs of our patients, will further strengthen the Mayo
Clinic Board of Trustees.”

Dr. Amy Williams

Dr. Williams is chair of the
Department of Medicine; professor
of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; and faculty in the
Division of Hypertension and Nephrology. She succeeds Heidi Nelson, M.D., who
retired in June.

Dr. Williams joined Mayo Clinic
in 1990. She has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the Rochester staff,
Officers and Councilors, while maintaining
significant inpatient and outpatient clinical duties. She’s a member of the
Executive Operations Team, the Center for Regenerative Medicine Executive
Committee and a leadership team facilitating
Mayo Clinic’s 2030 strategic plan.
Dr. Williams also is medical director of the Eisenberg Dialysis Unit and the Rochester
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Executive Committee.

Previously, Dr. Williams was medical director
of hospital operations for Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester; chair, Hospital
Practice Subcommittee; and co-chair, Mayo Clinic Midwest Hospital Executive Group.
She received the Doctor’s Mayo Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for
her contributions to improving the care of patients, enhancing the practice,
and championing the career development of all physician staff.

Externally, Dr. Williams serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She also participates in an Association of Professors of Medicine’s initiative to address sexual harassment in medicine.

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 locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as across Mayo Clinic Health System, a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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About Mayo Clinic
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Fri, May 10 1:05pm · Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Nancy Peretsman as public trustee

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo
Clinic Board of Trustees
elected Nancy Peretsman as public trustee at its
quarterly meeting on Friday, May 10.

Nancy Peretsman
Nancy Peretsman

Peretsman is managing director of Allen & Company LLC, a private investment bank based in New York City. She has served as an advisor to many of the world’s leading consumer, media and technology companies.

“Nancy brings a wonderful perspective to our Board of Trustees,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. “She has deep experience in investment banking and business, a genuine interest in developing female leaders, and is committed to service.”

Since joining Allen & Company in 1995, Peretsman has
provided advice and capital to more than one hundred businesses. She was an
original investor in Priceline and continues to serve on the company’s board.
Previously, she was a managing director at Salomon Brothers, heading the
worldwide media investment banking practice. She currently serves as a trustee
and vice chair of the Board of The Institute for Advanced Study and also serves
on Teach For America’s National Board. In 2017, she was elected a Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recently, Peretsman retired from
Princeton University’s Board of Trustees after 24 years of service. Earning an
undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1976,
she then received an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1979.

The board also named Heidi Nelson, M.D., an emeritus trustee. Dr. Nelson, who has served as a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees since 2017, will retire in June after serving as chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Surgery. Dr. Nelson came to Mayo Clinic for a one-year fellowship in 1987 and recalls that, within hours of arrival, she knew she wanted to be part of the staff.

Dr. Heidi Nelson
Heidi Nelson, M.D.

Dr. Nelson has blazed many trails during her
distinguished career. She was the first female surgeon in the Department of Surgery and the first female chair of the Department
of Surgery.

“Through her talent and tenacity, she has exhibited what diversity brings to our practice and our patients,” says Dr. Farrugia. “She has served as a mentor for other women pursuing careers in surgery. And she has shown us how committed thoughtful leaders can help an organization like Mayo successfully navigate uncharted territory.”

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 Arizona,
Florida and Minnesota campuses, as well as Mayo
Clinic Health System
, a
network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 60 communities in Iowa,
Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Fri, Feb 15 2:00pm · Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees re-elects members, elects new members and recognizes retiring members

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PHOENIX — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees re-elected two members, elected two internal members and recognized four emeritus trustees at its quarterly meeting on Friday, Feb. 15.

“It’s an exciting time for Mayo Clinic, and our trustees play a crucial role in helping us shape Mayo Clinic’s future,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. “As we plan now for the year 2030, health care disruption also will come faster. The expertise and perspectives of our trustees will help us build Mayo Clinic’s future from a position of strength.”

The board re-elected two trustees:

  • Michael Powell, who joined the board in 2011, was re-elected as a public trustee to a four-year term. He is president and CEO of The Internet & Television Association. Powell was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the Federal Communications Commission for eight years.
  • Paula Menkosky, chief administrative officer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, who has been a board member since 2016. She was re-elected to a one-year term. Menkosky is responsible for Mayo Clinic operations in Arizona in partnership with Lois Krahn, M.D., Interim CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

The board elected two internal trustees to four-year terms:

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees recognized and honored five emeritus trustees:

  • William George, a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and author of numerous leadership books, has served as a trustee since 2012. He is the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic.
  • Wyatt Decker, M.D., who retired as CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona in January, has been a trustee since 2011. Dr. Decker’s Mayo career spanned 30 years, beginning in medical school.
  • John Noseworthy, M.D., who retired in December 2018 after serving as Mayo Clinic’s president and CEO. He served as a trustee since 2009. Dr. Noseworthy served Mayo Clinic for 28 years, nine as president and CEO.
  • Veronique Roger, M.D. is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine. She has served Mayo Clinic for more than 26 years as a cardiologist, epidemiologist and outcomes researcher. She has served as trustee since 2011.
  • Mary Jo Williamson, who is vice chair, administration, Mayo Clinic, has served as a trustee since 2013. Williamson has served in various leadership positions during her 25-year Mayo Clinic career.

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 campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System, a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, comprehensive care to everyone who needs healing. Learn more about Mayo ClinicVisit the Mayo Clinic News Network.


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Dec 3, 2018 · Media statement from Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic President and CEO, regarding passing of former President George H.W. Bush

ROCHESTER, Minn. — All of us at Mayo Clinic are deeply saddened at the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, who provided a remarkable example to the nation of service, humility and internationalism. We offer our deepest condolences to the Bush family at the loss of a gentleman and leader whose steadfast support of Mayo Clinic will always be remembered.

President H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara smiling and sitting outside on a bench

George H.W. and Barbara Bush

Along with his wife, Barbara Bush, whose memory we continue to honor after her passing this year, Mr. Bush had a long, close relationship with Mayo Clinic. Barbara Bush served with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001.

President and Barbara Bush were generous friends and advocates for excellence. For 13 years, they graciously and warmly opened their home at Walker Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, to host Mayo Clinic benefactors to support Mayo in sharing our vision for the future of health care.

In 2010, in honor of their commitment to Mayo Clinic, Mayo established an endowment in honor of President and Mrs. Bush: the George H.W. and Barbara P. Bush Strategic Initiative Fund in Education. This fund advances the standard of education for generations to come by supporting a diverse array of prioritized initiatives – from high-technology educational tools to instruction in compassionate care.

In 2017, President and Mrs. Bush established the George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Scholarship, which will be awarded to one student each year at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

After Mrs. Bush passed away earlier this year, Mayo Clinic established the Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush Honorary Fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush, the second child of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, died of childhood leukemia at the age of 3. The fellowship recognizes Barbara Bush’s commitment to Mayo Clinic, her dedication as a public servant and her humanity as a life-long advocate for childhood causes.

In his inaugural address, President Bush said, “America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle.”

This call resonates with Mayo’s primary value that the needs of the patient come first. It has been an honor to join the Mayo and Bush names in service to humanity. President Bush and Barbara Bush were treasured members of the Mayo Clinic family and will be deeply missed.

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Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, comprehensive care to everyone who needs healing. Learn more about Mayo ClinicVisit the Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Nov 13, 2018 · Mayo Clinic School of Medicine receives $200 million gift

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has announced a gift of $200 million from Jay Alix, noted philanthropist of Birmingham, Mich. and founder of the firm, AlixPartners. The endowment gift, the largest ever to Mayo Clinic, is designated to Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. It recognizes the importance of educating the next generation of physicians who will carry on Mayo’s tradition of solving the most serious and complex medical challenges – one patient at a time.Photo of Jay AlixIn appreciation of his generous gift, which will expand scholarship opportunities, further innovation in the school’s curriculum, and establish a professorship, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine now will be known as: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

“My primary philanthropic interests are medicine and education. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine will offer an ideal opportunity to advance both fields,” says Mr. Alix. “Genetics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and other technologies are transforming medical research, education and practice. This gift will further enable Mayo’s medical school to recruit the best medical students and to create a curriculum that trains them to harness evolving radical advances in medical science and technology to the greatest benefit of patients.”medical students consulting near EKG machineMr. Alix, a highly successful consultant credited with helping the American automotive industry out of the Great Recession, has a long-standing relationship with Mayo Clinic, generously giving his time and support. He is a grateful Mayo patient, a member of Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees and is the co-chair of Mayo’s Global Advisory Council. Alix began supporting Mayo Clinic in the 1980s when he modeled his own company after Mayo Clinic’s clinical practice model, a patient-centered approach that includes multi-specialty collaboration, cutting-edge technology, and dedicated staff focused on delivering the highest quality care to each individual patient.

“Mayo Clinic is honored to be the recipient of this transformative endowment,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “It enables faculty and students to explore new academic fields to better patient care, conduct research, apply new technologies and develop innovative teaching methods far into the future.”Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine has long been recognized as a leader in medical education. One of the original top schools selected nationally by the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, the school introduced some of the nation’s first Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum to train medical students in the health care system advances necessary to deliver quality care. Mr. Alix’s gift will accelerate advances in the medical school’s curriculum, through dual-degree programs and pioneering approaches to teaching and learning.

The endowment also will support scholarships as part of Mayo Clinic’s commitment to increase access to the medical profession for student candidates regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. Scholarships will help develop a strong health care workforce for the future, as the country faces a physician shortage projected to hit nearly 121,000 by the year 2030, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges.“Increasingly, scholarships are essential to medical schools,” says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. “They help attract diverse, high-potential learners who will care for our nation’s increasingly diverse patient populations.”

Dr. Meyer, who is also the dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, notes that many high-potential college graduates who are passionate about medical careers need financial support to bring those dreams to fruition.

“Philanthropic gifts like Mr. Alix’s are an investment,” says Dr. Meyer. “They fuel Mayo Clinic’s mission and its commitment to delivering world-class, patient-centric care and medical education.” An endowment also provides a steady stream of funding in perpetuity so our faculty and staff can continue to be highly innovative in transforming medical education.”“We tackle some of the biggest issues in medicine: new sciences like individualized and regenerative medicine, rising health care costs, health policy and physician burnout – and we are continuously advancing patient care through simulation, 3D surgical modeling, robotics and interdisciplinary team training,” says Dr. Noseworthy. “This gift will have a long-lasting impact as we boldly transform medical education and research training so the next generation of care providers can improve patient care, accelerate discovery and advance the practice of medicine.”

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About Jay Alix
In 1981, Jay Alix, an expert in corporate turnarounds and restructurings, founded AlixPartners, now the leading global turnaround consultancy. Although no longer in management at the firm, he remains a member of its board of directors. In recent years, Mr. Alix has concentrated on philanthropy, including the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous documentary movies and Tony Award-winning theatrical productions on Broadway.

About Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Originally established in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1972, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is ranked among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. A national medical school with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, it is a transformative leader in medical education. With one of the largest faculty-to-student ratios in the country, Mayo’s medical school is able to offer students leading-edge clinical experiences at top ranked hospitals across all Mayo campuses.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, comprehensive care to everyone who needs healing. Learn more about Mayo ClinicVisit the Mayo Clinic News Network.

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