Magazine honors Mayo Clinic CEO's leadership

President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Dr. John Noseworthy presents a mobile museum that will be touring the US and Canada in celebration of the clinic's 150th anniversary on Monday at Peace Plaza in Rochester.

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy was chosen as 2014's Person of the Year by Twin Cities Business.

As Mayo Clinic prepares for an aggressive expansion under the Destination Medical Center initiative, Noseworthy' leadership is increasingly being noticed. In August, Modern Healthcare magazine listed Noseworthy as 16th on its list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.

"For this award, we considered several individuals' achievements in recent years. More than any other nominee, Dr. Noseworthy stood out for exceptional leadership that is strengthening our state's economy, reputation and culture," said Twin Cities Business Editor in Chief Dale Kurschner.

"Perhaps the most significant reason for his selection has to do with how well he is changing the status quo within a 150-year-old institution that, well, hasn't really embraced this level of gumption in previous generations."

Noseworthy was named president and CEO of Mayo in 2009, replacing Dr. Denis Cortese, who is retired. Previously, Noseworthy was the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Development, a consultant in the Department of Neurology, and professor of neurology in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.


Since his appointment, Noseworthy has been vocal about changes to national health-care policy, and he has aggressively laid out a strategic plan for Mayo to remain a viable force in health care, with such initiatives as a nationwide network of affiliates, the creation of the DMC initiative in Rochester and increased use of telemedicine.

In its December issue, Twin Cities Business' says Noseworthy's achievements include:

• Spearheading what is expected to become the state's largest-ever development project: the $6 billion transformation of downtown Rochester into a Destination Medical Center.

• Setting a course for Mayo to serve 200 million people a year by 2020, up from 63 million today.

• Leading Mayo's entire workforce through a "working differently culture," complete with 400 quality-improvement projects.

• Improving Mayo's financial results: Since he took the helm in 2009, Mayo Clinic's annual income has risen 84 percent to $612 million, while revenue increased 62 percent to $9.4 billion.

A 2014 Person of the Year reception for Dr. Noseworthy and 2015's People to Know will take place at Loews Hotel in Minneapolis the evening of Dec. 10.

This is the second year Twin Cities Business has named a Person of the Year. The distinction went to Duluth Mayor Don Ness in 2013.

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