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Mayo Clinic settles on new names for its Rochester hospitals


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic has settled on what it will call its two Rochester hospitals, each with its own distinct heritage.  The change in names will occur with the ringing in of the new year on January 1, 2014, and two distinct hospital campuses will remain.

Saint Marys Hospital has its roots in the 1880's and the well-known collaboration between Dr. William Worrall Mayo and the Sisters of Saint Francis, an order of Roman Catholic nuns.  Mother Alfred Moes opened it on September 30, 1889 and the Sisters have served ever since in nursing care and hospital administration.  Rochester Methodist Hospital does not have that Catholic heritage, of course, but merged with the growing Mayo health care empire in 1986.

For legal reasons, and to be understood as a single worldwide health care destination entity, Mayo Clinic announced back on March 25 that it would complete the merging of the two hospital facilities and call them both "Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester."  That led to questions about the loss of the identity of each hospital unit with its own distinct history.  Now those questions and issues have been put to rest with word from Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson that the two will be known as the "Methodist Campus" and the "Saint Marys Campus."

Anderson noted in a statement that this is just the next step in integrating the two hospitals under the common Mayo Clinic management structure.

"The single licensed hospital will better reflect Mayo's integrated hospital practice, ensure accurate reporting of data, and reinforce Mayo's ability to prove the value of its care," said Anderson. "An unwavering commitment to the founders' values will remain."

Anderson says there are no plans to make any changes in the large monument-type signs on the edges of its realm in Rochester.  Nevertheless, it will be a wonderful time to be a vendor with the Clinic's signage business.

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