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Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Fla.

Spurred by the challenges and development in national health care in the 1980s, Mayo Clinic established Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 1986. The dedication ceremony in Jacksonville on Oct. 3, brought together Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold; the Rev. Billy Graham; Eugene Mayberry, M.D.; Thane Cody, M.D., new board chair for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville; Samuel C. Johnson, chair and CEO of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Mayo Board of Trustees chair; and J. E. Davis of Jacksonville.

Davis and his wife, Flo, donated the 140-acre woodland site for the new clinic, which is located about 14 miles from downtown Jacksonville. Davis had long been committed to his dream of bringing Mayo Clinic to Jacksonville.

The Davis family was also instrumental in supporting the new clinic and its new building, which was named the Davis Building. The four-story diagnostic center was staffed by 37 physicians and about 150 support staff.

When the clinic opened on Oct. 13, 1986, more than 2,700 patients had registered for appointments. At the five-year mark, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville had served 90,000 patients from all 50 states and 75 countries.

Today, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has three patient care buildings and treats more than 90,000 patients annually. Some 20,000 surgical procedures are performed each year. A new hospital opened in April 2008. Among Mayo Clinic Jacksonville's services are organ transplants, with the liver transplant program considered to be the largest in the nation (245 transplants in 2004). The program has the highest survival rate and the shortest wait time until surgery among the top programs.

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has two research facilities on campus. Scientists working at the John H. and Jennie D. Birdsall Medical Research Building use 12 laboratories to investigate diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The C.V. and Elsie R. Griffin Cancer Research Building is Mayo Clinic's first building to be devoted exclusively to cancer research.

Jacksonville Timeline

1984
The Davis family donates land and leads a fund-raising drive that brings Mayo Clinic to Jacksonville -- our first expansion outside Minnesota.
1986
Mayo Clinic opens in Jacksonville. More than 2,700 patients from 30 states and 6 countries make appointments before opening day.
1987
Mayo affiliates with St. Luke's Hospital, nine miles from the clinic.
1988
Sleep Disorders Center opens.
1989
Mayo opens city's first medical research laboratory, which focuses on Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders.
1990
Executive Health Program begins.
1991
Researchers open Brain Bank to study Alzheimer's disease. Nicotine Dependence Center opens.
1992
Clinical Studies Unit opens. Bone and Marrow Transplant Program begins.
1993
Residency program begins. John H. and Jennie D. Birdsall Medical Research Building opens.
1994
Researchers discover protein that triggers production of platelets. State designation as a Memory Disorder Clinic. Volunteer Services program begins.
1995
Primary Care centers established. Outpatient Surgery and Radiation Oncology centers open.
1997
Jacksonville is the first Mayo site to perform deep brain stimulation, a revolutionary treatment for tremor. Researchers invent a synthetic molecule to speed the development of gene therapies for various diseases.
1998
Researchers discover the first genetic cause of a hereditary form of dementia. Mayo performs city's first liver transplant.
1999
Researchers find a genetic risk factor for Parkinson's disease.
2000
Designation as a Parkinson's disease Center of Excellence. Kidney and pancreas transplant programs begin. John and Lillian Cannaday Building opens.
2001
Researchers develop a pioneering mouse model to test therapies for Alzheimer's disease. Multispecialty Breast Clinic opens. Mayo performs city's first heart and lung transplants.
2002
Mayo Clinic designated nation's first multi-site Comprehensive Cancer Center. Region's first heart-lung-liver transplant.
2003
C.V. and Elsie R. Griffin Cancer Research Building opens.
2004
World's first open-bore 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner is installed. Vincent A. Stabile Administration Building is dedicated. Researchers discover the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease. Mayo Clinic liver transplant program is nation's largest and has the shortest wait times.
2005
Clinicians help lead a national trial that identifies Herceptin as a treatment for breast cancer. Researchers reverse memory loss in mice. Hospital project breaks ground.
2006
Researchers identify a promising new therapy for lung cancer. Scientists lead an international team that discovers genetic cause for dementia.

More than 500,000 patients -- from all 50 states and 130 countries -- have received care at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. More than 300 physicians and scientists, along with 4,500 allied health professionals, serve on the Jacksonville staff.

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