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Mayo Clinic Contributes to Region’s Growing Life Sciences Industry

August 23rd, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Area leaders toured a world-class institution and one of the JAX Region’s greatest assets, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

Mayo Clinic Hospital provides a 214-bed facility with 16 operating rooms, transplant and epilepsy units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities. The organization recently announced an $80 million expansion project that will add two floors and 90 beds to its hospital. The hospital expansion project will also add approximately 400 new jobs at Mayo and 250 construction jobs.

As part of the #ilovejax campaign, the JAX Chamber is featuring the positive attributes located in the seven-county region by hosting tours.

Attendees visited the Medical Simulation Center, which provides a controlled learning environment that imitates a real-life patient care setting and allows students and trainees to master skills without putting patients at risk, and Mayo Medical Laboratories, a reference lab service which provides esoteric testing services for more than 65 hospitals throughout the Southeast.

The tour also included the campus’ research laboratories, including the Birdsall Medical Research Building, where researchers are investigating degenerative brain disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia in the campus’ Brain Bank. The facility is where headline-making research findings begin and the Griffin Cancer Research Building supports Mayo’s many cancer studies.

Since its opening in 1986 with 35 doctors and a support staff of 145, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has grown to more than 4,900 employees and an annual impact of $1.6 billion on the region’s economy. In addition to being one of the region’s major employers, Mayo Clinic has attracted thousands of visitors who may not otherwise have visited Jacksonville and has also helped attract new corporations to locate in the area.

“Mayo Clinic is a world-class institution and plays a significant role in attracting people to Northeast Florida,” said #ilovejax co-chair Matt Rapp. “Mayo is one of our region’s most valuable assets, and is an important contributor to our local economy.”

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