Mayo unveils destination medical center plan

March 06, 2014

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The Gonda Building at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

At a time when health care in general is shrinking, Mayo Clinic is expanding. In spring 2013, it announced a 20-year, $5.6 billion economic development plan aimed at making Mayo Clinic and, by extension, Rochester, Minn., one of the leading medical destinations in the world.

In addition to doubling the size of the Minnesota campus, the plan calls for turning Rochester into a vibrant destination city — a thriving intellectual and cultural community with high-end hotels, restaurants and sports facilities.

Each year, Mayo Clinic attracts more than 1,650,000 patients from all 50 states and 150 countries. Bradly J. Narr, M.D., chair of anesthesiology and director of the new Destination Medical Center initiative, says expanding Mayo Clinic's highly successful practice model and medical assets will help ensure its status as a global medical community for decades to come.

Mark A. Frye, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, says the expansion presents "a wonderful opportunity for the department to broaden its ability to provide the best possible care to patients worldwide. Our three flagship programs — Mayo Clinic Depression Center, Pain Rehabilitation Center and Addiction Services — are exemplary models of integrated care with the goal of providing the best care every day to every patient who struggles with depression, pain and addiction."