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2012 a success for Mayo Clinic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In just the past year, Mayo Clinic has added more than 1,000 new jobs in Rochester... and 2,000 statewide.

In an announcement by its CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy says although the last year was strong some uncertain issues linger in the years to come revolving around a Destination Medical Center and the future of health care reform.

There is a lot riding on the DMC bill to put the image of Rochester in a new light.  It's another year in the books, on the brink of one of the biggest year in its history.

And Mayo Clinic's stride isn't slowing as far as patients go.

"For patient care in 2012 Mayo Clinic's 61,000 employees care for 1.1 million patients," explained Mayo Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Weis.

"Compared to 2011, revenues grew by 6.3% to $8.8-billion while expenses grew 4.6% to $8.4-billion," said Noseworthy.

Mayo Clinic's total income operating activity for 2012 was $395 million.

However, because of the uncertain future of Health Care Reform, over the next five years, the clinic is expected to get paid anywhere from 20 to 40-percent less for the work they do.

"As a result we have to stop some things," said Noseworthy.  "And you are aware that we have stopped our initial work at the Mall of America."  He explained. the clinic has focused its efforts elsewhere by prioritizing and reducing operating budgets in other areas.

last year, 14 new locations were added to the Mayo Clinic Care network across the nation including one in Puerto Rico.  "We plan to add 10 more of these, approximately in the next year including, perhaps, one or two international sites," said Noseworthy.

And although 2012 was promising, the Destination Medical Center Rochester bill is making its way through legislation.  "We feel it's moving ahead. We're ahead of schedule. in terms of the way this bill is working through," said Noseworthy.

The Rochester chamber of commerce is keeping a very close eye on the DMC bill. "I applaud the community for stepping up to that challenge and recognizing we too need to do business differently," said Chamber President John Wade.

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