In March 1990, a large crowd turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Phase II expansion project at Mayo Clinic in Florida and to enjoy sunny skies, free food, and musical entertainment.
“We are entering a new phase at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville,” remarked Dr. Leo Black, chairman, Mayo Clinic in Florida Board of Governors. “The first phase was getting started. The next phase will be one of consolidation and of development of long-term plans and direction for the clinic.”
Dr. Robert Waller, chief executive officer and president of the Mayo Foundation, noted that several years ago, the clinic site was a pine forest. “Today, it is a place of healing and home to one of the largest group practices in the Southeast."
“When we first started this venture a few years ago, we wondered if Mayo Clinic could be reproduced outside Rochester, Minnesota. This ceremony is confirmation that our hopes have become a reality. All of us in the Mayo system congratulate you and your accomplishment and celebrate with you the beginning of the next step in your journey,” said Dr. Waller.
The $29 million expansion project doubled the size of Jacksonville’s facilities. The project added three stories to the top of the Davis Building as well as four stories on the north side. A total of 170,000 square feet of new space was added to the existing 150,000-square-foot facility.