Mayo Clinic's patient volume plateaus amid 20-year expansion project

While Mayo Clinic is seeing its revenue and employment increase, it hasn't seen an uptick in patient volumes during the first years of its Destination Medical Center initiative, according to the Post Bulletin.

The Destination Medical Center initiative aims to make Minnesota a global destination for healthcare through $5.6 billion in economic development. In 2014, the first year of the 20-year project based in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic treated 1.3 million patients systemwide.  The health system has reported the same number every year through 2018.

The overall number does not reflect how many patients are specifically seeking care in Rochester, which could be higher than numbers at Mayo's other sites. However, this is hard to say, as Mayo considers site-specific numbers proprietary information.

Mayo CFO Dennis Dahlen told the Post Bulletin that "everybody is looking for surrogates for whose business is growing and whose is not. The easy way to satisfy your competitor's curiosity is to share publicly your side-by-side volume numbers, so we made a decision not to do that."

Cleveland Clinic, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System and other health systems have similar policies on patient numbers, according to the report.

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