From their respective beginnings, Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital have enjoyed a partnership with Mayo Clinic founded upon trust, mutual respect and commitment to meet the needs of each patient. There were no formal or written agreements among them. Then in the early 1980s, changes in health care at a national level prompted discussion of a formal integration of the institutions.
In 1986, the long-standing relationship among the three organizations was formalized under a common governance and management structure. The integration agreement created Mayo Clinic in Rochester as we know it today, the largest not-for-profit medical organization in the United States.
A vital component of the integration for Saint Marys Hospital was a Sponsorship Agreement between the Sisters of Saint Francis, Saint Marys Hospital and Mayo Clinic. This agreement created the Sponsorship Board, a group dedicated to perpetuating the hospital's spiritual roots and Mayo Clinic values.
The Sponsorship Board is comprised of Franciscan Sisters and lay colleagues. It is charged with maintaining the Catholic Franciscan identity of Saint Marys Hospital, as well as exploring and advocating ways in which the fundamental values of Mayo Clinic and its hospitals are nourished and infused into the lives and work of all Mayo staff.
The vision of the Sponsorship Board is:
The mission of the Sponsorship Board is to support and strengthen Mayo Clinic values.
The Sponsorship Board is a conduit for nurturing a spiritual and healing environment for all who come to Mayo Clinic for cure or care and for all staff who come to serve. The board serves to hold the history, heritage, and charisma of the Sisters of Saint Francis, who were the founders of Saint Marys Hospital, and to draw on these rich resources in carrying out its mission. The Sponsorship Board with its committees takes as their mission to promote Mayo values, to maintain the Catholic identity of Saint Marys Hospital and to work collaboratively to find ways to partner within Mayo and it's structures to accomplish our goals.
The Sponsorship Education Committee promotes Mayo values in Rochester through a variety of intramural and extramural educational activities.
The Sponsorship Research Committee promotes and supports scientific inquiry that addresses one or more of the Mayo Clinic values.
The Sponsorship Values Review Committee provides a framework for those who work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to demonstrate the presence and strength of the Mayo/Franciscan values in their workplace.
Sponsorship and the spiritual dimension of care are vital to strengthening the core values that guide Mayo Clinic. The spiritual roots of the clinic founders are as relevant and important as ever to the care patients receive. Today, Mayo Clinic values thrive in an environment that recognizes that healing is an integral dimension of compassionate care and an important support for patients, their families, and their caregivers.