Twin Cities Business
by Amanda Ostuni
Backed by a $5 million donation from Penny and Bill George and the George Family Foundation, Mayo Clinic is establishing the Center for Women’s Health. The center is a virtual space dedicated to taking a more comprehensive and personalized approach to women’s healthcare. The Georges—who are longtime philanthropists, particularly in the health care space—say the center is the first-of-its-kind response to women's health needs. “I think women are yearning to have an integrative approach, which looks at all their needs— mind, body, and spirit,” Bill George, a former member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, tells TCB. “There are centers that look at women’s gynecological care, breast cancer, cardiovascular… but there are no centers that look across the board at all of women’s health needs.”
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Mayo Clinic receives $5 million gift for new women’s health center
Context: Mayo Clinic has received a combined gift of $5 million from Penny and Bill George, and the George Family Foundation, to create the innovative Center for Women's Health. The center will be a destination where women will receive personalized, holistic health care that is tailored to meet their needs throughout their lives.
"Our gift represents a significant investment in shifting the ways women interact with health care at Mayo Clinic, one of the premier health care institutions in the U.S.," says Penny George. "Mayo Clinic has long been known for its Executive Health Program. This program will mirror the success of that approach but take it a step further. The focus will be not only on women, but also on integrative health and healing practices that will go hand in hand with traditional medicine — an approach we've been advancing through our work over the past two decades." You can read more about the gift here.