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Gov. Dayton crows as Mayo Clinic takes No. 1 spot on U.S. News top hospital list

Dayton praises Mayo, and says he and the Legislature made a wise investment in approving state funding for its Destination Medical Center.

New rankings today from U.S. News and World Report rate the Mayo Clinic in Rochester as the top hospital in the country, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to say:

“These rankings reaffirm what millions of patients and doctors around the world already know: Mayo Clinic offers the best medical care in the world. Thanks to the wise investment made by our State Legislature in the development of a Destination Medical Center, I am confident Mayo will continue its tradition of excellence into the future. Congratulations, Mayo!”

The U.S. News report shows Mayo getting the most No. 1 rankings in the nation, and getting rankings of No. 1 or No. 2  in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes.

The governor has much political and personal history with Mayo: he supported the effort to put $585 million in public funds into the hospital’s 20-year, $6 billion expansion effort, dubbed Destination Medical Center.

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And Dayton has had three procedures at Mayo in his three-plus years in office: hip surgery in February,  back surgery in Dec. 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.