Minn. Lawmakers Release Statements on Mayo Clinic Initiative

Updated: 01/30/2013 6:49 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic announced plans for a “Destination Medical Center” initiative at a State Capitol press conference with Governor Dayton, city officials, and Rochester-area legislators.

Speaker Paul Thissen released the following statement regarding the announcement.

“The Mayo Clinic is a world-renowned leader in health and we are proud that Minnesota is their home.

As the largest private employer in the state, their economic impact on jobs and in our communities cannot be overstated. It is vital we continue our state’s strong partnership with the Mayo Clinic. We thank Mayo Clinic for bringing this proposal forward and we look forward to working with them to identify ways we can make sure Mayo Clinic remains and grows as a world-class medical and research facility.

Legislators from the region have begun engaging with Mayo Clinic and local officials to better understand Mayo’s needs and to identify ways the state can support their goals. It is our hope we can move forward in a way that benefits the Rochester region and state.”   

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk released the following statement:

“Mayo is recognized around the globe as a leader in healthcare and we’re proud that they call Minnesota home. They are already our state’s largest private employer and today the Mayo Clinic announced plans to invest billions of private dollars to stay competitive, grow jobs and spur economic development right here in Minnesota. The state needs to be a partner in ensuring that Mayo and the Rochester region achieves that shared goal.

This is clearly is a big project that will require bi-partisan participation in the legislature and significant involvement from city and county partners from the start. Working together with Mayo, I’m optimistic that this group will be able to arrive at a solution to position the Mayo Clinic among the top destination medical centers in the world for decades to come.”