ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy elaborated on the announcement that St. Marys and Methodist Hospitals will become one entity known as Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, come 2014.
And while the names might change, each is going to continue operating as usual. Noseworthy said the change is being made in hopes that it will clear up a little confusion among patients and even staff.
With such a deep history between the hospitals and the clinic, the three sides feel now is the time.
St. Marys Hospital was built in September 1889. Just a mile away, Rochester Methodist's roots go back to 1915. But on January 1st 2014 the two seperate facilities will become Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester.
"You just knew it was going to happen. You just didn't know when," said Sister Marilyn Geiger of the Sisters of St. Francis. She voiced her support for the change on Tuesday. "I just think it's a moment that just that, for whatever reason I can't explain at the moment, is the right moment. And we're just going to move with it."
"We've been leading up to this for some time. And with the increasing reporting regulatory requirements that change every six months... they always get more they never get less, it was clear that this would have to be the next step," Geiger said.
With both hospitals falling under the same name, Dr. Noseworthy says the patients will benefit.
"We think it will be clearer for the patients; reduce any ambiguity," Noseworthy said.
And so the name may change but the values, traditions, services, and even the worship schedule at the chapel won't change a bit as Mayo Clinic focuses on its future.
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