The gift will be used to expand the center's operations, endow five director positions, and create online education offerings. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to support efforts to share the center's portfolio of scientifically proven, high-value models of care with healthcare providers nationwide. In recognition of the gift, the center will be renamed the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
The latest gift from the Kerns brings their total contribution to the Mayo Clinic to $100 million, including a $20 million gift in 2011 to launch the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery as well as support for neuroscience research and education. Robert Kern, founder of Generac Power Systems, first visited the hospital in 1930 when he was five years old.
"This changes everything," said Mayo Clinic president and CEO John Noseworthy. "With the Kerns' support, Mayo Clinic will re-engineer health care to improve safety, quality, and value. Importantly, the Kerns' gift empowers us to share these findings with hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes across the country so that patients everywhere get the high-quality, high-value care they need and deserve."