Tuesday, October 04, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville is celebrating 25 years of providing world-class medical care. Events are planned throughout October. Since the clinic opened in 1986, more than half a million patients from all 50 states and 143 countries have come to Mayo Clinic in Florida for Mayo's unique patient-centered approach to medical care.
"The past 25 years have been filled with tremendous medical breakthroughs for our patients," says William Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Our model of care combines research and education on the same campus where we provide patient care. All three disciplines work together to develop medical innovations that ultimately save and improve our patients' lives."
The expansion into northeast Florida marked the first time Mayo Clinic established a location outside of Rochester, Minn. The Davis family of Jacksonville played a significant role in Mayo Clinic's decision to open a satellite campus. Having received excellent medical care in Rochester, the family rallied support for fundraising and donated about 400 acres on San Pablo Road where the campus was constructed. Mayo Clinic opened a campus in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1987.
Since opening its doors in Jacksonville, Mayo has grown from one four-story building to three main patient care buildings, a hospital, two research buildings and a collection of freestanding centers, administrative buildings and support facilities. Mayo Clinic in Florida started with just 35 physicians and 145 support staff, and today has about 4,900 employees and an annual impact of $1.6 billion on the Florida economy.
During Mayo's 25 years in Jacksonville, there have been many significant milestones in patient care, education and research, including:
Visit the campus timeline for a more detailed look at Mayo Clinic in Florida's 25-year history.
"We are proud of what Mayo has accomplished in 25 years, and we know that the next 25 years will advance the medical profession even further," Dr. Rupp says. "We are extremely thankful for our patients who trust us with their care; the physicians, nurses and support staff who put patients' needs first; and the benefactors whose philanthropy helps support Mayo Clinic's mission and vision."
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