Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville is celebrating 25 years of providing world-class medical care. Events are planned throughout October. Since the clinic opened in 1986, more than half a million patients from all 50 states and 143 countries have come to Mayo Clinic in Florida for Mayo’s unique patient-centered approach to medical care.

The expansion into northeast Florida marked the first time Mayo Clinic established a location outside of Rochester, Minn. The Davis family of Jacksonville played a significant role in Mayo Clinic’s decision to open a satellite campus. Having received excellent medical care in Rochester, the family rallied support for fundraising and donated about 400 acres on San Pablo Road where the campus was constructed.

Since opening its doors in Jacksonville, Mayo has grown from one four-story building to three main patient care buildings, a hospital, two research buildings and a collection of freestanding centers, administrative buildings and support facilities. Mayo Clinic in Florida started with just 35 physicians and 145 support staff, and today has about 4,900 employees and an annual impact of $1.6 billion on the Florida economy.

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