Mayo Clinic Rolls Out Mobile Exhibit to Celebrate 150 Years

Created: 05/05/2014 6:25 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- 150 years of service. Mayo Clinic is celebrating 15 decades of care and it wants to share its success across the nation.

For the past 18 months, Mayo staff have worked on a mobile exhibit to encapsulate its accomplishments and development in core values.

"This exhibit is showing the story of Mayo Clinic to the people," said CEO John Noseworthy, who addressed an audience outside of the exhibit before preliminary tours commenced.

"When you go in, you're going to go on a journey," said Matthew Dacey, one of the main leaders who organized the traveling exhibit.

It's a journey from the very beginning, when a tornado tore through the city of Rochester in 1883, when Mayo saw its first heroes.

"You're going to discover Mayo's past, current activities, and our vision for the future," said Dacey.

Across space and across time. Inside the exhibit, maps showed the extent of Mayo Clinic's reach across the globe. Pictures from world wars and natural disasters revealed stories of when patients got a second chance at life from the hands of Mayo Clinic doctors.

"Be prepared to get involved and have excitement," said Dacey.

The exhibit is very interactive and engaging. There's even a digital skeleton that visitors can enjoy. The skeleton mimics the user who stands in front of its screen.

"Through artifacts, displays, multimedia, and presentations, visitors experience what Dr. William Mayo called the spirit of Mayo Clinic.

But most importantly for staff, the Mayo Clinic exhibit captures their unique values of working as a team, with specialists from all angles, to best serve patients.

"My husband is here because of Mayo Clinic, he's a miracle."

After a flash through centuries, the tour through this exhibit is intended to circle back to the patient, the visitor, or the main focus of it all.

"This blend of the teams and the individual, that is the heart of what Mayo Clinic does," said Dacey.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. The public will be able to view and tour the exhibit for free after that. The exhibit will be open until Saturday.

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