Mayo Clinic receives donation of $60 million

Mayo Clinic receives donation of $60 million

Created: March 15, 2021 10:46 PM

(ABC 6 News)- Mayo Clinic has received a generous gift of $60 million from philanthropist Helene Houle of St. Paul, Minnesota. The gift will enable Mayo Clinic to accelerate its efforts to transform health care delivery in Minnesota.

In honor of the gift, Mayo Clinic will name the recently completed patient bed tower at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, after Ms. Houle's husband, the late John Nasseff.

The family's relationship with Mayo Clinic began when Mr. Nasseff's youngest son, Arthur Nasseff, had lifesaving surgery at Saint Marys Hospital in the 1960s when he was 16 years old. Mr. Nasseff and Ms. Houle have made several gifts to Mayo Clinic to honor Arthur's surgeon, Burton Onofrio, M.D., and other physicians who have cared for the family over seven decades — including in neurosurgery, cardiology and rheumatology.

"John Nasseff and Helene Houle have had a significant impact on Mayo Clinic over the decades of their support," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. "We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Houle for this generous gift, and we cannot think of a more fitting way to honor Mr. Nasseff."

The John M. Nasseff Tower on the east side of Mayo Clinic Hospital ? Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, encompasses 430,000 square feet and soars 11 stories into the Rochester skyline. It includes 162 patient beds in units where Mayo Clinic staff provide a seamless, integrated approach to patient care.

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