Mayo Clinic will be closing most U.S. outpatient practices and suspending scheduled surgeries on Nov. 26 to offer its staff a "day of thanks," Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia said in a letter Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The day is to show gratitude toward Mayo Clinic staff for their work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Mayo Clinic has remained strong and resilient, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff," Farrugia said. "They come to work each day to provide compassionate care to our patients.

"We recognize that the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an emotional and physical toll on staff. In gratitude for their dedication throughout this year, Mayo Clinic is closing most of its U.S. outpatient practices and suspending scheduled surgeries on Nov. 26 to offer staff a day of thanks for all the hard work they've done in support of our patients during the pandemic."

Any patients who have scheduled appointments on Nov. 26 will be contacted in the upcoming weeks for rescheduling.