Gov. Mark Dayton has been a big supporter of the major expansion plans for Rochester’s Mayo Clinic. And he’s been a frequent patient there, with three procedures in his first term at the health care giant, which was recently ranked No. 1 in the country.
Now, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports:
Says the story:
The list of donors to Dayton’s campaign reads like a who’s who in Destination Medical Center leadership. In 2013, Minnesota lawmakers and Dayton approved a $585 million package to support Mayo Clinic’s planned 20-year expansion in Rochester. Dayton was a strong supporter of the project, and his running mate, Tina Smith, is chairwoman of the Destination Medical Center Corp. Board.
The story notes that the Mayo-related contributions make up just a fraction of the governor’s overall re-election fundraising.
On the list of Dayton contributors:
- Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy
- Mayo Clinic Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bolton
- Mayo Health System President Robert Nesse.
- Patricia Simmons, chairwoman of DMC Economic Development Agency’s board of directors;
- Lisa Clarke, executive director of the DMC EDA;
- Kathleen Harrington, Mayo Clinic division chair of government relations;
- Erin Sexton, Mayo Clinic’s lobbyist
Dayton’s personal medical trips to Mayo include: hip surgery in February, back surgery in Dec. 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.