Patients trust Mayo Clinic to offer treatment solutions with the best outcomes and highest degree of safety.
Mayo Clinic's philosophy of patient care, laid out more than 100 years ago, emphasizes that "it is necessary to develop medicine as a cooperative science — the clinician, the specialist, and the laboratory workers uniting for the good of the patient."
That philosophy has enabled Mayo physicians and researchers to form productive collaborations across programs and specialties. Their collective knowledge puts the needs of the patients first and enhances the potential for breakthrough treatments and therapies.
One example is the launch of the first clinical hand transplant program in the United States. Another is pencil beam scanning. When indicated, pencil beam scanning can prevent serious side effects, such as organ and tissue damage, as well as future development of secondary cancers caused by X-ray radiation.
Mayo Clinic teams cared for 1,050,000 individual patients in 2010. This figure includes 533,000 Mayo Clinic Rochester, Florida and Arizona patients and 517,000 Mayo Clinic Health System patients, the latter number reported for the first time in 2010. Mayo Clinic Health System (formerly Mayo Health System) is a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 70 areas in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.