Mayo Clinic’s Double Helix
This is the story of the astonishing rise of a world-renowned medical center in the sparsely populated cornfields of southern Minnesota, and of the factors that led to its development.
Numerous publications routinely rank Mayo Clinic among the best hospitals in the United States.
For a dozen specialties, U.S. News includes objective data such as mortality rates and patient safety in its scoring. Mayo Clinic is top-ranked in eight, second in three and third in one. Mayo gets high marks from board-certified physicians in every specialty.
Each year patients travel to Mayo Clinic from every U.S. state and more than 140 countries. For more than one in five, the journey is longer than 500 miles.
This proportion of patients traveling a great distance for care is unique among U.S. academic medical centers. More than 90 percent of patients for other U.S. News Best Hospitals honorees typically come from their immediate metropolitan areas, and for many that local proportion exceeds 95 percent.
Yet while Mayo Clinic’s southern campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona are in metropolitan areas of 1.6 and 4.2 million respectively, Mayo’s hometown of Rochester, Minnesota only recently surpassed 100,000 in population.
How did this happen? Why have patients traveled so far for more than a century to receive care in a community with less than one percent of the population of New York or Los Angeles?
What can leaders of other organizations – in health care or in other industries – learn and apply from the Mayo Clinic experience?
In this year-long series we’ll examine circumstances and characteristics that led to Mayo Clinic’s creation, growth and sustained excellence.
And we’ll see why Mayo’s leadership in social media is a natural 21st century expression of the networked communication in its cultural DNA.
I hope this series will help you see social media and its application in health care in a new way.
- A Year-Long Social Celebration
- Mayo Clinic: An Outlier
- Two Strands and Four Base Pairs in Mayo Clinic’s DNA
- Cultural Synthesis through Analogies and Stories
- Franciscan Values and Mayo Clinic's DNA
- Revolutionary Patient-Centered Organization
- Networked Communication – Internal Enabling
- Networked Communication – Professional Networking
- Networked Communication – Word of Mouth
- Networked Communication – Mass Media
- The Syndicated Media Bridge to Mayo Clinic Social Media
- Proceed Until Apprehended
- Your Mileage May Vary: Podcasting at Mayo Clinic
- Content Creation Task Force Formalizes "New Media" at Mayo Clinic
- High-Profile Story Shows Mayo Clinic Potential of "New" Media
- Celebrating 10 Years of Mayo Clinic on Facebook
- Opportunistic Origins of Mayo Clinic Social Media
- Don't be Intimidated by 'Bloggers who blog about blogging'
- Getting Mayo Clinic into Blogging
- From SMUG to Sharing Mayo Clinic
- The Revolutionary Impact of Consumer-Grade Video
- POTS and the Power and Promise of Social Media
- Symphonic Synergy and the 17-Year Problem