Mayo Clinic has metaphorically climbed Mount Everest -- and kept right on climbing -- as the Campaign for Mayo Clinic exceeded its $1.25 billion fundraising goal.
The total raised as of Monday was $1,251,959,054, a campaign update says. "Most campaigns of this type take about seven years to achieve that goal," said Mayo spokesman Karl Oestreich. But Mayo reached its goal in only 4 years, 8 1/2 months.
Oestreich listed several achievements resulting from the campaign, including the new Mayo hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.; the new pediatrics center in Rochester's Mayo Building, the system-wide Center on Aging, the Opus Building in Rochester and the new musculoskeletal center in Mayo's Gonda Building in Rochester. The money has also helped fund research on individualized medicine, Alzheimer's disease and other research, Oestreich said.
Getting support from so many people has been an amazing part of achieving the milestone, he said.
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