Health care on wheels

Mayo Mobile Exhibit

ROCHESTER, Minn. – For 150 years the Mayo Clinic has been providing world-class health care in our area. To celebrate, they are traveling around the country with a mobile exhibit to share their history and outlook for the future.

This is not your standard big rig. The 53-foot trailer also expands out 28 feet and features a full exhibit inside.

“It tells a great story of our 150 years of serving humanity. I think the public will really enjoy it; it takes about a half an hour to go through it. It’s very informative, very well put together,” said Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

Noseworthy and other leaders got their first look at the traveling museum Monday. It is in the Mayo Clinic’s hometown for a week before taking off on a five month journey across the country and even into Canada.

“We think this message is important for all Americans to understand and to have access to what we know, we want to share what we know, how we care for patients, how we educate patients and how we work together with great people all around the country,” Noseworthy said.

A lot has happened in the 150 year history of the Mayo Clinic, but organizers found a way to squeeze that and more into the trailer.

“We took the space, about 100 square feet of gallery space, divided it by past and present, but also our vision for the future, and then we found different graphics or artifacts or multimedia that best bring those stories to life,” said Matt Dacy who was part of the planning committee.

Dacy and the other planners say it was a challenge to narrow it all down, but think the exhibit really can educate for the long haul.

“We knew we had this much space to fill, so we got in there and decided what’s the best flow of information, we know we want to have children here, families, people who know Mayo very, very well who work here, people who have heard of Mayo, but have never been here before,” Dacy said.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning at 9:50 a.m. at the Peace Plaza.

It will be in town for the rest of the week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For the rest of the schedule throughout the summer, visit the Mayo Clinic website.

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