The University of Jacksonville honored Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia with its 2022 Presidential Global Citizen Award.
JU presented the honor to Farrugia, a Mayo Clinic physician for 32 years, at a March 3 event at its waterfront Arlington campus at 2800 University Blvd. NOT
Farrugia served as CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida prior to his appointment as chief executive of Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn.
The Mayo Clinic also has a campus in Arizona.
The Mayo system has 73,000 employees who care for more than 1.3 million people a year across the United States and 130 countries.
He is cross-appointed to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering.
Farrugia is co-author of “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation,” a book that highlights the need for change in healthcare delivery.
He is a past president of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society.
“We need to transform healthcare from within,” Farrugia said at lunch after accepting the award from JU President Tim Cost.
Farrugia told the Jacksonville World Affairs Council in September that looking at telemedicine, artificial intelligence and home medicine will be key to transforming healthcare and addressing its issues such as access and affordability of care.
He said repeatedly on March 3 that the Mayo Clinic might be the one to lead the charge,
“I absolutely believe that for transformation to happen, we need to transform healthcare from a pipeline model to a platform model.”
Farrugia said Mayo Clinic designed the platform three years ago and launched it two years ago.
The platform collects patient health data, with the “strictest data privacy rules that ensure patient data security”.
The data helps doctors diagnose and treat health risks, like strokes.
Farrugia said the healthcare system needs to offer “new ways to keep people healthy.”
“One of the ways we’ve done this is through a new program that allows us to safely care for thousands of patients at home, who would normally be admitted to our hospitals, and the results are excellent,” he said. -he declares.
Farrugia is the university’s fourth recipient of the honor, which JU says it presents to “an extraordinary and visionary leader whose impact is felt far beyond the bounds of their recognized responsibilities.”
The recipient “fully embodies the University’s ideal of a globally engaged citizen, using their exceptional talents to create new opportunities to lead, live and learn”.
JU presented the inaugural award in 2014 to Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsico. She retired in 2019 after 24 years with the company, half of them in the top job, according to Forbes.com.
The university awarded the second prize in 2016 to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
The third laureate was Makaziwe Mandela in 2019. She is the daughter of the late Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first black president, from 1994 to 1999. Makaziwe Mandela leads the organization humanitarian House of Mandela.
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