Mayo Clinic | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). One of the best-known names in healthcare today, Mayo Clinic passed its 150th birthday in 2013 and looks good for its age. With 59,509 employees at its locations in the Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla., Mayo Clinic has developed a reputation for excellence in patient care and diagnosis.

The sprawling Mayo Clinic system grew from the practice of William Worrall Mayo, who began practicing medicine in Rochester, Minn., in 1863. His two sons joined him in practice in 1883 and 1888, and several members of the family still work there and many more are patients, graduates of educational programs or give as benefactors. More than 1 million patients from across the U.S. and nearly 150 countries come to come to Mayo's three medical centers and multiple clinical sites every year.

Mayo Clinic was recognized as the nation's best hospital in the 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report's ranking and has held Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1997. The health system also serves as a major research institution with 8,698 active human research studies and 5,673 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Mayo Clinic's education arm also includes a medical school, the Mayo School of Health Sciences and a continuing professional development facility.

Mayo Clinic is ranked nationally in 15 specialties — eight of which were first place rankings — and nine pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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