Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a charitable, not-for-profit organization based in Rochester, Minn., with clinics in Jacksonville, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. Its mission is to provide the best care to every patient every day through integrated clinical practice, education and research. It is governed by a 30-member Board of Trustees composed of 16 public members and 14 Mayo physicians and administrators.

Mayo Clinic evolved gradually from the frontier practice of Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his two sons, William J. and Charles H. Mayo. As their practice grew along with their reputation, the group refined their new system of health care. One of the fruits of this new form of cooperative medicine, with its division of labor, was the organization of some of the nation's first medical specialties: orthopedics in 1912, neurology in 1913, thoracic surgery in 1915, dermatology in 1916, pediatrics in 1917, neurologic surgery and proctology in 1919, and so on.

In addition to coordinating specialists to enhance patient care, the Mayos sought to integrate research and education with practice. In 1915, the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine opened with an endowment from the Mayo brothers. Their program became one of the first in the world to train medical specialists. Today, more than 15,000 alumni practice throughout the United States and around the world.

In 1919, the Mayo brothers dissolved their partnership and turned over the clinic's name and assets, including the bulk of their life savings, to a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization now known as Mayo Foundation.

More than six million people have been treated at Mayo Clinic since its frontier founding. Today it encompasses three clinics and four hospitals in three states, employing more than 40,000 physicians, scientists, nurses and allied health workers. Through growth and change, Mayo Clinic remains committed to its guiding principle, as articulated by Dr. William J. Mayo: "The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered."

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Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic Forge New Ties In Research and Education
02 Jun 04 | Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., are joining forces on several new and exciting collaborations in medical research and education.

British American Tobacco's Actions at Document Depository Hinder Research
27 May 04 | A Mayo Clinic tobacco researcher and his colleagues present findings in the latest issue of The Lancet journal that detail the British American Tobacco (BAT) company's efforts to conduct surveillance on visitors to its document depository.

Mayo Clinic to Examine Medication for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
12 Jan 04 | Mayo Clinic seeks men and women between the ages 18 and 50 with early, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) to participate in a research study. The study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug.

Mayo Genomics Researchers Observe Genetic Fusion of Human, Animal Cells - May Help Explain Origin of AIDS
08 Jan 04 | Mayo Clinic genomics researchers are the first to demonstrate that mixing of genetic material can occur naturally, in a living body. The researchers have discovered conditions in which pig cells and human cells can fuse together in the body.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Announces Distinguished Educator Award Recipients
07 Jan 04 | The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's prestigious Distinguished Educator Award recognizes Mayo faculty who have, over time, demonstrated excellence, leadership and an exceptional level of commitment to their educational activities.

The Rev. Billy Graham undergoes partial hip replacement
07 Jan 04 | Evangelist Billy Graham underwent partial hip replacement surgery last night at Mayo Clinic's St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Graham, a Mayo Clinic patient for more than 50 years, was in Jacksonville for a semiannual checkup.

Laser Treatment Means Quicker Recovery From Enlarged Prostate
06 Jan 04 | Many older men can commiserate on this one: frequent nighttime bathroom trips usually occur because of an enlarged prostate. A condition that becomes increasingly common as men age, an enlarged prostate can constrict the urethra.

What To Do When A Tooth Is Knocked Out
06 Jan 04 | It can happen playing hockey, baseball or even with a stumble and fall. If a tooth is knocked out of its socket during a mishap, but not broken, it's often possible for a doctor or dentist to reimplant it -- if you act quickly.

Pulmonary Embolism - Awareness, Prompt Treatment Can Save Your Life
06 Jan 04 | With shortness of breath and sharp chest pain, you call 911, worried about a possible heart attack. The diagnosis may not be a heart attack, but it's just as serious. It may be a pulmonary embolism, and like a heart attack, prompt treatment is vital.

2003 Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource Highlights
31 Dec 03 | How many significant health decisions did you make during 2003? Because most health decisions are made outside your doctor's office, you need to have reliable health information to make the most informed choices.

Placebo Effect: Harnessing Your Mind’s Power to Heal
30 Dec 03 | It's true that some people who participate in research studies and take inactive medications called placebos do see health improvements. People taking placebos have experienced reduced pain, healed ulcers, eased nausea and even warts disappeared.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
30 Dec 03 | How can you keep those resolutions for a healthier new year? Behavior change experts have developed guidelines that you can use to help transform your New Year's resolutions into long-term lifestyle changes.

Gluten Intolerance No Longer Considered Rare
30 Dec 03 | Until recently, doctors thought that celiac disease - an intolerance of gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) - was rare in the US. That perception is changing. A recent Mayo Clinic study found a dramatic increase in the number of cases.

Genomics Research: New Genetic “Hit List” May Underlie Susceptibility to Sudden Cardiac Death
30 Dec 03 | Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered that genetic variants associated with instances of sudden cardiac deaths are far more prevalent and diverse than first thought - especially among minorities.

Mayo Clinic Custom e-Health Package Honored with eHealthcare Leadership Gold Awards
29 Dec 03 | The Mayo Clinic Custom e-Health Package received two Gold Awards from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards Program. The Gold Awards were given for Best Health/Healthcare Content and Best Site Design in the Business Improvement Site category.

Mayo Clinic Announces January "Harmony for Mayo" Concerts
29 Dec 03 | Mayo Clinic today announces four January "Harmony for Mayo" concerts that will be held Mondays in locations throughout Mayo Clinic's campus and at a Rochester church. All "Harmony for Mayo" concerts are free and open to the public.

Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine Hosts Hunger Awareness Presentation
29 Dec 03 | Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine will host a presentation to increase local hunger awareness on Jan. 5, 2004. The event will feature Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and Carla Johnson, executive director of the Channel One Food Bank.

Strong Growth at Cannon Valley Clinic Leads to Building Purchase
23 Dec 03 | Cannon Valley Clinic, part of Mayo Health System, is growing to meet increasing patient needs with the addition of a second clinic location in Faribault. It is purchasing an existing medical office building which will most likely house primary care.

Mayo Clinic to Provide Transplant Services for CIGNA HealthCare Members
19 Dec 03 | Mayo Clinic and the CIGNA LIFESOURCE Transplant Network recently announced an agreement that will enable the 12 million members of CIGNA HealthCare to utilize Mayo Clinic for liver, kidney, kidney/pancreas, pancreas and lung transplant services.

Mayo Clinic Receives $10 Million from Philanthropists to Accelerate Alzheimer's Disease Research
17 Dec 03 | Two generous families have donated a total of $10 million to Mayo Clinic to advance the progress of medical research in Alzheimer's disease. One family includes Edward and Leslye Phillips of Minneapolis, the son and daughter-in-law of "Dear Abby".

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