Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, leads one of the largest not‐for‐profit, academic health systems in the U.S., with $14 billion in annual revenues and 65,000 employees. With a focus on caring for patients with serious, complex illnesses, Mayo Clinic operates in five states and cares for more than one million people a year, from all 50 states and nearly 140 countries. Mayo Clinic is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.



Our history is a growth industry – there’s always more to share! New discoveries and expanding impact keep Mayo Clinic at the forefront of health care. These advances build upon a foundation of service to humanity that dates back more than 150 years. This section of the website presents various ways to explore the dynamic history of Mayo Clinic.

Chapter 1
1819 – 1863

The roots of Mayo Clinic developed well before the Mayo family and their associates settled in Rochester, Minnesota.
During the early years of the Industrial Revolution, two immigrants – Dr. William Worrall Mayo and Mother Alfred Moes – took different roads to Rochester. Their values and experiences laid the foundation of Mayo Clinic today.

Chapter 6 Introduction:
1986 – Present

These words come from J.E. Davis, the loyal patient and benefactor who encouraged Mayo’s first expansion beyond Minnesota.
By upholding our values and being open to change, Mayo Clinic is expanding into new locations and avenues of service. Please join us as we create the future of health care.

Mayo Clinic Mission and Values

To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

The needs of the patient come first.

Value statements

These values, which guide Mayo Clinic’s mission to this day, are an expression of the vision and intent of our founders, the original Mayo physicians and the Sisters of Saint Francis.


Treat everyone in our diverse community, including patients, their families and colleagues, with dignity.


Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our patients place in us.


Provide the best care, treating patients and family members with sensitivity and empathy.


Inspire hope and nurture the well-being of the whole person, respecting physical, emotional and spiritual needs.


Value the contributions of all, blending the skills of individual staff members in unsurpassed collaboration.


Infuse and energize the organization, enhancing the lives of those we serve, through the creative ideas and unique talents of each employee.


Deliver the best outcomes and highest quality service through the dedicated effort of every team member.


Sustain and reinvest in our mission and extended communities by wisely managing our human, natural and material resources.

The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science
An in-depth look at Mayo Clinic, then and now

Mayo Clinic is honored to be featured in the PBS documentary “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science.” This two-hour documentary, executive-produced by Ken Burns and directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, aired on PBS in the fall of 2018.

PBS summary

Featuring interviews with patients including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in the late 1800s in Rochester, Minnesota.

When a deadly tornado tore through their small community in 1883, the Mayos took charge of recovery efforts, enlisting the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. Afterward, Mother Alfred Moes, the leader of the convent, told Dr. Mayo she had a vision from God that instructed her to build a hospital, with Dr. Mayo as its director. She believed it would become “world renowned for its medical arts.”
Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science” is a timely look at how one institution has met the changing demands of medical research, education and health care for 150 years — and what that can teach us about the challenges patients face today.

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Now streaming on Netflix

“The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science” is currently available to anyone with a Netflix subscription. Netflix subscribers can also download the film on their phone or tablet for offline streaming.
Illustrated companion book

“The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science” chronicles the history of Mayo Clinic, from its roots as an unlikely partnership between a country doctor and an order of Franciscan nuns to its position today as a leader in patient care, research and education.