Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and research group based in Minnesota, USA. It employs almost 4,000 physicians and over 50,000 other medical staff. It specialises in treating difficult cases such as Wegener's Disease. This is a special year for Mayo Clinic as 2014 marks the 150th year of operation.
Mayo Clinic developed gradually from the medical practice of a pioneer doctor, Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who settled in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1863. His sons, William James Mayo and Charles Horace Mayo, joined his practice in 1883 and 1888, respectively.
They all shared a pioneering zeal for medicine. As the demand for their services increased, they asked other doctors and basic science researchers to join them in the world's first private integrated group practice.
This approach to medicine was controversial at the time, but the benefits to patients were undeniable, and acceptance began to grow. The group practice concept that the Mayo family originated has influenced the structure and function of medical practice throughout the world.
"The Mayos' Clinic" developed a reputation for excellence in individual patient care. Doctors and students came from around the world to learn new techniques from the Mayo doctors, and patients came from around the world for diagnosis and treatment. The caring attitude of the doctors is what drew so many doctors and patients.
Shared responsibility and consensus still provide the framework for decision making at Mayo. Through the years, Mayo Clinic has nurtured and developed its founders' style of working together as a team.
That teamwork in medicine is carried out today by more than 55,000 doctors, nurses, scientists, students and allied health staff at Mayo Clinic locations in the Midwest, Arizona and Florida.
Patients can be referred to Mayo Clinic by their insurer or their own physician. Appointments are then prioritised on the basis of medical need.
There are a number of pages on their website containing information relevant to Wegener's Granulomatosis (GPA).
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