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Around the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Charlie Mayo and Dr. Will Mayo organized medical professionals in a new way to better care for patients. They created a system that emphasized teamwork, specialization and taking the time to thoroughly investigate patient problems.

With this system, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has grown into one of the nation's largest private medical centers. The total square footage of the Mayo campus is almost three times larger than the Mall of America.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester is affiliated with a network of clinics and hospitals known as Mayo Clinic Health System. These clinics and hospitals are dedicated to serving more than 70 communities in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Georgia. Mayo Clinic Health System provides community-based care, while being supported by the highly specialized expertise and resources of Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

In this section, we offer some background information on our facilities, Mayo's history, and the overall mission and values that drive Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System.