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Mayo Clinic receives $100 million donation to expand radiation therapy center in Rochester

Mayo Clinic receives $100 million donation to expand its Rochester facility for patients who need proton beam radiation therapy.

The donation from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation of Bayport, Minnesota, will allow Mayo to nearly double appointments for the treatment, which delivers precise radiation therapy to cancerous tumors.

Mayo doctors use the technology in cases where tumors are near or inside vital organs, as well as for young people whose organs are still developing, because the treatment can minimize radiation to surrounding healthy tissue.

“This donation marks a significant milestone in the Mayo Clinic’s decades-long relationship with Fred and Katherine Andersen and the foundation that implements their vision of healthy, strong communities,” said Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer of Mayo. Clinic, in a statement. .

Mayo began offering the treatment in 2015 with the construction of the Jacobson Building, named after Iowa philanthropist Richard Jacobson, who also provided the clinic with a $100 million gift. The new Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen building will be connected to the existing center.

Mayo says its proton beam therapy program is steadily approaching its appointment capacity of 1,200 patients per year. The clinic plans to treat an additional 900 patients per year with the expansion, meeting the estimated annual demand of 2,000 patients by 2025.

The expansion will include two basement floors and construction will begin next year. The goal is to start treating patients at the facility in 2026; existing center services will continue during construction.

“Mayo is the only center offering proton beam therapy in Minnesota and surrounding states,” the clinic said in a press release. “The closest centers are in Illinois and Missouri.”

Fred and Katherine Andersen, both deceased, were longtime benefactors of the Mayo Clinic.

Fred was chairman and chairman from 1914 to 1972 of Andersen Corp., the Baymont-based window and door manufacturer. Katherine served on the company’s board of directors for 50 years. They established the foundation in 1959.

“This donation amplifies the quiet but important philanthropy the Andersens and the foundation have given to Mayo Clinic for many years and exemplifies Andersens’ All Together spirit by combining foundation resources with Mayo’s innovative medical care. said Peter Clements, President. of the Fred C. and Katherine B Andersen Foundation.

Over the years, the foundation has supported faculty positions at Mayo on behalf of Fred and Katherine. It also involves financially supporting the clinic’s capital improvements, women’s cancer care, and translational cancer research.

Through the foundation, Fred and Katherine are among the benefactors of the foundation of what is now called the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. The medical school is named after Jay Alix, the founder of a business consulting firm that in 2018 gave Mayo its largest donation of $200 million.