Mayo Celebrates 150 Years With Signature Event

Updated: 05/19/2014 10:28 AM
Created: 05/12/2014 8:40 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo clinic goes all out to celebrate 150 years of serving humanity. Nearly 5,000 people made it out for the Mayo Clinic Signature Event.

The event wrapped up, and they set off fireworks over the Mayo Civic Center. It just goes to show they pulled out all stops to honor 150 years of service.

It was a night to remember. "I guarantee you this will be the last conventional moment of the evening,” said Governor Dayton. He said it best himself, from elite guests of honor to Cirque de Soleil, it was a night that had 150 years of medical accomplishments all wrapped into one.

The night began with a look at the clinic's roots. A re-enactment of the tornado in 1883 that led to the creation of Mayo Clinic.

"Mayo is not a building, Mayo is not procedures and processes, Mayo is not health care, Mayo is care,” said Dr. Christopher Moir, Mayo Clinic.

Many patients themselves in the audience, with stories of miracles and hope.

"How much do we like mayo? Really much,” said the Carlsen family. The Carlsen twins once conjoined at birth. "Mayo has been responsible for the life we have, I mean they have given us our family,” said the Carlsen family.

Others in the crowd have been touched by Mayo, like Vikings Linebacker Chad Greenway, whose father is being treated at Mayo for leukemia. "We can call them directly, not matter how busy they are because we're awaiting a test result because we're waiting some big news positive or negative,” said Chad Greenway.

It's these stories of gratitude that makes Mayo the largest destination practice in the world. Tonight, a celebration of all the accomplishments.

"It's one of the biggest, most exciting days of my life,” said Mayo Clinic CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy.

"There's something very special about being, coming from these humble roots and knowing who you are, knowing where you came from and never losing site of the importance of focusing on the patients,” said Noseworthy.

A look toward the future, wishing Mayo another 150 years of saving lives and providing hope.

"Our future is going to be something we can't imagine. The only thing we know about the future is that we're going to make it better for the patients who come and see us,” said Moir.

This is the most extravagant events Mayo Clinic has ever put on. Many saying what a great way to say happy birthday Mayo Clinic.