Patient care, medical research and education were priorities instilled in young William and Charles Mayo by their parents, Dr. William Worrall and Louise Wright Mayo. Born in England, the elder Dr. Mayo began his practice in Indiana before heading to Minnesota in 1854. After almost a decade in St. Paul and Le Sueur, he settled his family in Rochester. Known for his adventurous and giving spirit, this hard-working country doctor had already earned a reputation as one of the finest surgeons in the new state.
Will and Charlie followed their father into the practice of medicine, developing an internationally-recognized medical and research facility now known as Mayo Clinic. In doing so, they effectively changed the face of medicine by creating a new entity: the multi-specialty private group practice. Early associates Augustus Stinchfield, Christopher Graham, E. Starr Judd, Henry and William Plummer, Donald Balfour and Louis Wilson all helped to create the foundation on which this new idea took hold. Dr. Henry Plummer – whose hiring Dr. Will Mayo once said was the best day’s work he ever did -- put his considerable organizational and clinical skills to work establishing procedures and protocols for this new way of practicing medicine.
As the Clinic grew, these early medical pioneers each became specialists in various medical sub-fields and collectively developed a broad expertise in the innovations of their day. By sharing research and resources, they created efficiencies that ultimately allowed Mayo Clinic to diagnose and treat complex medical problems with great effectiveness. Just as they did under the direction of the Clinic’s founders, the priorities of patient care, research and education continue to direct Mayo staff as they move the institution forward. These values have led Mayo Clinic to its current status as one of the foremost medical centers in the world, whose more than three thousand physicians are actively working on campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona to treat illness, advance knowledge and train the next generation of medical professionals.
~Steve Williams, Rochester, MN