Proton therapy facilities are being constructed at Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona and in Minnesota. Each facility will have four proton beam treatment rooms equipped with pencil beam scanning and large machines (synchrotrons) for generating the proton beams.
Mayo is investing more than $370 million in the projects, from Mayo's capital budget and benefactor support. Mayo's facilities are one of the few new proton therapy projects being financed by a medical center.
The treatment capacity of each four-room facility is expected to be about 138 patients a day, or about 1,240 patients each year.
During the building phase of each project, a total of 500 construction jobs will be created. When fully operational, the proton therapy program will employ more than 250 new staff members, including 22 doctors and 29 physicists.
Groundbreaking for Mayo's two proton therapy facilities occurred:
The proton therapy facility will be located east of the Mayo Clinic Specialty Building on the Phoenix campus.
The Arizona Proton Beam Therapy Program is expected to employ about 130 staff members, including 13 doctors and nine Ph.D. physicists.
The proton therapy facility in Minnesota will be located in downtown Rochester just northeast of Rochester Methodist Hospital (corner of Second Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest).
The Minnesota Proton Beam Therapy Program is expected to employ about 130 staff members, including nine doctors and 10 Ph.D. physicists.
The Rochester building will be named in honor of Richard O. Jacobson, in recognition of his $100 million gift to Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program.