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

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.

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.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 07/16/2014 - 06:53 pm.

    $585 million

    Anyone wanting an example of crony capitalism need look no further than this. A prime example of a corporate entity bullying the state legislature and then the hard working taxpayers of this state.

    The Mayo Clinic with the help of Governor Dayton and the DFL controlled legislature is holding the hard working taxpayers of this state hostage. Many of the residents of this state cannot afford to go to the Mayo Clinic for their health care yet are expected to subsidize the facility.

    Does the Mayo Clinic do anything better than the fine hospitals we have in the Twin Cities? I sincerely doubt it.

    Hooray for Governor Dayton and the Mayo Clinic for strong arming the taxpayers of this state!!!

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