What’s on your bucket list this summer? Why not add a visit to the Mayo Clinic mobile exhibit?
Throughout 2014, Mayo Clinic is celebrating 150 years of serving humanity. As part of the celebration, Mayo Clinic is visiting over 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada from April through October.
And it’s our turn Monday, July 28, 2014.
The expandable trailer will be on display in the parking lot of Altru Main Clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parked and fully expanded, the exhibit is 60 feet long and 28 feet wide. Experience Mayo Clinic’s story while exploring three areas: Essence of Mayo Clinic, Vision for the Future and Connect with Mayo Clinic.
To prepare for the big day, we sat down with David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, for a quick Q&A about the exhibit.
Q: Why is Mayo Clinic producing a mobile exhibit?
A: Throughout 2014, Mayo Clinic is recognizing this milestone we’ve reached — serving humanity for 150 years. The mobile exhibit is one way to thank the patients and friends who’ve been part of the journey and to share our vision with the public.
Q: What is a mobile exhibit?
A: It’s a high-impact exhibition on wheels. And when you enter the vehicle, you’ll walk through interactive displays that tell the story of Mayo Clinic, including its history, advances in science and vision for the future of health care. In addition, visitors will discover many ways to connect with Mayo Clinic, including social media and online resources.
Q: Why is the mobile exhibit stopping in Grand Forks?
A: Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. That’s significant to us. And to recognize our relationship, we asked if Altru would host the Mayo Clinic exhibit in Grand Forks.
Q: How big is the mobile exhibit?
A: Really big.
At 60 feet long by 28 feet wide, when expanded, you won’t miss it. That’s about half the width of an NBA court. Overall, it is nearly 1,000 square feet of multi-media displays.
Q: What are some highlights of the mobile exhibit?
A: The exhibit is divided into three thematic areas: Essence of Mayo Clinic, Vision for the Future and Connect with Mayo Clinic. The following principles are woven throughout the experience: teamwork, patient-centered care, innovation, leadership and integrity. You will see examples of new research to prevent and treat disease; care for wounded warriors; and Mayo Clinic’s impact around the world. The exhibit also notes how we’re working with physicians and health care systems around the world to improve the delivery of health care. A prime example of that is Mayo Clinic Care Network, which is of course, how we collaborate with Altru on behalf of patients.
And for fun, you can have your picture taken with the Mayo brothers in a photo booth inside the exhibit.
Q: How many people can tour the mobile exhibit at a given time?
A: The vehicle can accommodate 50 to 75 visitors at once. The average tour time is 20 minutes. So, about 150-300 visitors can tour the exhibit per hour.
Q: What’s the cost?
A: It’s free.
Mayo Clinic developed the exhibit as an educational resource. There is no charge for the tour.
Q: How many stops will the mobile exhibit make?
A: The mobile exhibit will visit more than 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada from April through October 2014, including Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Phoenix, and Jacksonville.
Q: How can people learn more about the mobile exhibit and Mayo Clinic’s sesquicentennial?
A. More information is available online. Visit 150years.mayoclinic.org and follow the conversation at #MayoClinic150.
Other questions? Let us know in the comments. We look forward to seeing you Monday, July 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.