The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has announced a $32 million gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation in support of its research mission and construction of a new research facility.
Construction on the planned 64,000-square-foot Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Building is expected to begin next year in the Discovery Square subdistrict of downtown Rochester. Decisions regarding the specific use and occupants of the facility will be made later this year.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen, both deceased, received care at the Mayo Clinic for decades. A longtime supporter of the clinic, the foundation has funded a variety of initiatives and projects, including the Dr. Richard F. Emslander Professorship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in recognition of the care that Emslander provided the family over many years.
"Our family's history with Mayo Clinic spans more than four decades, and the physicians and staff at Mayo have become like family to us," said foundation vice president Marina Kellen French, the couple's daughter. "We are thrilled to be able to support Mayo and be part of advancing medical research that will help patients for decades to come."