Mayo Naming Center After $100 Million Donors

Posted at: 10/23/2013 7:57 AM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 6:47 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic is honoring benefactors Robert and Patricia Kern, who've given $100 million to Mayo, including more than $87 million dedicated to the Center for Science of Health Care Delivery.

To show its gratitude, Mayo is naming the center, "Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery."

In 2011, the Kerns gave Mayo $20 million to launch the center, with a more recent gift of more than $67 million.

The more recent gift will expand center operations, endow new positions, and create online education offerings.

The Kerns' relationship with Mayo Clinic stretches back more than 80 years. Mr. Kern first came to Mayo in 1930 at age 5.  In 1959, he began Generac Power Systems, now one of the largest manufacturers of generators in the world, in Waukesha, Wis.

The goal of the new center is to focus and coordinate resources to improve patient care.

ABC 6 will be at the dedication event, and bring you more during out newscasts, including reaction from the Kerns themselves.