Onetime charity patient gives Mayo Clinic $67.3 million

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2013 - 11:12 PM

The gift from Robert and Patricia Kern of Wisconsin will fund efforts to design the most efficient medical practices for patient care.

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coolnoutOct. 23, 13 9:44 AM

I'm sorry, but giving millions of dollars to the Mayo clinic is not the best way to gift money. They already have enough money to do whatever they want and it's not struggling in any way. Why didn't they just reward the people who made them, (employees) wealthy? That would a gift worthy of a story.

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brentfavrayOct. 23, 1310:53 AM

What a very gracious gift from the Kerns. To coolnout, regardless of what you might think, donating $67 million for ANYTHING is a story. It's unfortunate that you are so disappointed. But if or when you ever find yourself with that much money, you are welcome to gift it any way that you see fit.

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dhenkelsOct. 23, 1310:55 AM

And who is to say they didn't reward the people that worked for them and helped make the company wealthy? Why bash on something that was donated to what THEY see as a worthy cause. Improving on safety in health care sounds worthy to me.

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mark3914Oct. 23, 1310:57 AM

A heartfelt "Thank You" from one of the many who have benefited from the Mayo and it's excellent staff.

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barteldmOct. 23, 1311:53 AM

to coolout, fortunately you must be a healthy person. Its places like Mayo that make a difference everyday in peoples lives, but due to medicare and insurance reimbursements all health care institions are struggling to exist. Proud to work for such a great facility amd feel very fortuante that their are people out there like the Kerns who donate money!

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englup01Oct. 23, 13 1:13 PM

It is my understanding the proper designation for $67 million is $67 MM. $67M is 67 thousand dollars.

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jimbotOct. 23, 13 4:11 PM

What a great gift to an equally great institution. My sister is not rich or famous, but the Mayo Clinic recently saved her life. To those who think they only cater to the wealthy, I say nonsense!

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gemie1Oct. 23, 13 5:36 PM

Jimbot, it is hit or miss for the ordinary or average at Mayo Clinic. I am very happy for your sister's recovery and this should be the goal for everyone. Just remember, Mayo has a large in-house legal department, outside law firms and lobbyists who have a lot of influence on the state level. (Our Governor has been a Mayo Clinic cheer leader.)Residents will also never say that a doctor is acting bizarre or inappropriate. This would ruin their career. The average person has to hope that their doctor is ethical, appropriate and does the best they can do during a very hard time in a vulnerable patient's life. This does not happen at Mayo Clinic to the patients with wealth, fame or influence. Usually, Mayo is busy name dropping and using them for marketing purposes. John Hopkins does not need to say who is who getting medical care to keep them relevant.

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greene1Oct. 23, 13 5:43 PM

When the Kerns sold Generac in 2006 they gave all of their employees bonuses up to $50,000 from the sale...

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dlfriesenOct. 23, 13 5:46 PM

What a wonderful gesture by this couple. If they are this giving to a distant institution, I have no doubts that they were very generous to their employees over the years as well.

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