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Mayo Clinic receives $67 million gift from Wis. family

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic honored a very special couple this morning, who is leaving their mark on medicine by donating another $67 million dollars to the clinic-- in what officials say is one of Mayo's largest donations ever.

The Kern family, owners of Generac Power Systems of Waukesha, Wis., has donated a total of 100-million dollars to Mayo Clinic. More than $67 million of that gift will be dedicated to the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

In 2011, the Kerns gave Mayo $20 million to launch the center. Mayo Clinic says the center is a strategic initiative that uses quality and engineering principles to improve the way patients experience health care.

Robert Kern first came to Mayo Clinic in 1930 when he was 5 years old. It was the start of a long relationship with Mayo.

"We do understand that the medical institutions that are going to be able to survive are going to be focusing on the outcome and the care of the patient as well as the cost containment. It is our hope the center is going to help make the difference for Mayo to go forward," Robert Kern said Wednesday.

To honor the Kerns, Mayo Clinic announced Wednesday that the center will now be called the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Mayo officials said their gift will expand center operations, endow five scientific director positions and create online education offerings.

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