It was celebration time in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, October 12, 1996. Mayo Clinic in Florida was 10 years old, and the staff invited the public to a special party.
From mid-morning to mid-afternoon, about 1,200 guests participated in the event. They were entertained by a clown and a magician, ate anniversary cake, and took self-guided tours of the facility.
Visitors learned how sleep problems are evaluated, how microwave energy can reduce enlarged prostates, and how technology has changed surgery and improved radiation treatments.
Many guests attended one or more of the following presentations by members of the Mayo staff:
- Alzheimer’s disease: Drs. Neill Graff-Radford, John Hardy, and Steven Younkin
- New techniques in cosmetic surgery: Dr. John Harris
- Skin cancer and Mohs’ surgery: Dr. Henry Randle
- Risk factors and available therapies for breast cancer: Dr. Edith Perez
- The ABZs of sleep disorders: Dr. Joseph Kaplan
- Outdoor exercise in Florida: Heat exhaustion and hydration: Dr. Walter Taylor
When Mayo Clinic in Florida opened on October 12, 1986, it was Mayo’s first extension beyond Rochester, Minnesota. In those 10 years, the Jacksonville medical staff grew from 35 to 185 physicians. More than 175,400 patients from 50 states and 75 countries made 1.2 million visits to the clinic in those 10 years.