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Continued: Onetime charity patient gives Mayo Clinic $67.3 million

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 23, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Along with $13 million in earlier donations to fund neuroscience research and education, the Kerns have become one of Rochester-based Mayo’s largest benefactors, with donations now totaling $100 million.

Iowa businessman and philanthropist Richard Jacobson gave a lump-sum donation of $100 million two years ago that went to jump-start Mayo’s cancer-fighting proton beam therapy program in Rochester and Phoenix.

The gifts represent two of the largest donations to Minnesota nonprofits in more than a decade, according to the Journal of Philanthropy.

Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s top hospitals and the largest employer in Minnesota, is separately in the midst of one of the largest expansions in its history.

The $5.6 billion project, known as Destination Medical Center, is a joint public-private endeavor that will overhaul downtown Rochester as Mayo expands and upgrades its campus. The Minnesota Legislature earlier this year committed spending $455 million for it over the next two decades.

Staff writer Steve Alexander contributed to this report.

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