Sunday, June 20, 2010

Home Away From Home

We just got back home, and are leaving again on Thursday for a week's stay. We have been doing this increasingly, since 1998, so Rochester is feeling all too familiar.

But, I'm very grateful that we are within a day's driving (10 hours), and that they have been continuously in the know of advanced treatments.

So, I thought that you might like to see where I am, when I am missing from here! 

This photo is taken on a Sunday, when the clinic is closed.

They don't have an emergency room, since the hospitals attached to the clinic have extremely efficient ones, and they now also have satellite out-patient clinics placed all around the city, for treating people who may have the flu, poison ivy, colds. .illnesses that need medical attention, but not extensive testing. However, if it is determined that a person does need further tests, they make the appointments with the main clinic and all info is immediately transferred.

The section of building to the right is the Mayo Building. The section from the curved glass, to the left, is the Gonda Building.  It more than doubled the size of the clinic, and attached the Mayo building to the Methodist Hospital, Charlton Building and Eisenburg Buildings. There are several other buildings that house doctors offices and medical support services that are attached via the skyway, or what is called the subway, so that no one needs to go out in the frigid Minnesota winter weather. You only realize you are in a different building, when you notice the different style of architecture and decor.

Through the subway, or the skyway, you can also access a couple of hotels, a couple of banks, and a good number of retail shops and restaurants.  You could shop most of the day, and never go above ground!

Here is a photo of the clinic at the far end, overlooking Peace Plaza. The "Movie Theater" on the right, is really a Barnes & Noble bookstore! They kept much of the original architecture of the theater, including the high domed ceiling that they painted a deep blue, and put in little pinpoint lights that look like stars. It is two stories, with an escalator in the middle of the shop. You can access the store by the skyway, arriving on the second level, or the street level plaza entrance.  All year long (even in winter, when they have the days long holiday bazaar), they have open air markets, concerts and other activities on this plaza. 

There are numerous skylights and an atrium that bring lots of natural light into the lowest level.  Here in the atrium, you see a glass wall that goes up three stories. There is also a terraced patio right outside for enjoying the fresh air. Their flowers are fantastic!

There is also a grand piano in this area, as in other open common areas, with scheduled pianists and vocalists performing throughout the day. 

There is also an abundance of artwork, either permanent pieces, or rotating displays in cases all along the subway walls, in the elevator lobbies on each floor, statuary all over the grounds outside, and inside.

Dale Chihuly created 13 of these pieces, which are huge. .they don't show their enormity here, but they hang above the passageway to the garage, and you can see them at eye level, when you are waiting for your shuttle.

If you look back up at the photo of the atrium, you'll see a 6500 pound sculpture on the wall, that used to hang on the outside of the Mayo Building.  After the completion of the Gonda building, they rehung "Man & Freedom" by Ivan Mestrovic to oversee the atrium.

This is the inside of the main lobby of the Mayo Building:

But this is the entrance where all of the shuttle buses drop people off, and pick them up.  There are routes that go out to specific motels and hotels that run on schedules, so that you don't have to worry about finding a parking place, or dealing with traffic or road construction.

There is a whole courtesy crew ready to help anyone who needs a wheelchair, or other conveniences. When you arrive, you feel like you are at a luxury hotel!

The 20 story Gonda building was opened in October, 2001.  Since we were coming back every 85 days, we watched the construction from the very beginning, until completion, and since Ed's doctor was moved into the new section, we were one of the first to enjoy the new expansive windows and view, along with the new waiting and exam rooms.

The Methodist Hospital is attached to the clinic, and St. Mary's Hospital is a few blocks away. There is a shuttle that runs between St. Mary's and the clinic every 15 minutes.  Doctors operate and treat patients at both hospitals. It depends upon what kind of surgery you are having, and the scheduling of operating rooms.  Some outpatient surgeries are done in the clinic buildings too.  They are all one huge, super efficient system.

Getting an appointment is amazingly easy, and you get your test results often on the same day as your test, or at the most, the next day. No waiting days, or even weeks like we do here at home!

I continue to be in awe of their system, and like I said, so thankful that we are able to get treatment there for my hubby!

If anyone wants to know more about how to get there, numbers to call for appointments, or some suggestions of where to stay, or better yet, where not to stay, you are welcome to e-mail me. I'd be happy to help you if I can!

Wishing everyone a beautiful day, and a VERY Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads!!


  1. Wow, what a jaw-droppingly awesome place! I have always heard that the Mayo Clinic is the best in the world, so it's fitting that it be located in such a magnificent setting.

  2. It really is stunning. I think it's wonderful that all that art and beauty is in a place where it will brighten the spirit of those who go to the clinic.

  3. I don't know if you pull off of I-74 in Davenport at the 53rd St exit but if you do and head west past Target, Starbucks and go through the Jersey Ridge Road intersection and then next right turn is Belle Ave. The second building is Whitehaven Vet Ctr. Where I work and Blue and I would be happy to give a tour (just a warning though...Thursdays are our surgery day! LOL!)

  4. Good Morning Suzie! The buildings and art are amazing! It's wonderful to see so much art there, so upbeat. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you home soon!


  5. Wow, what a massive, grand and luxury looking place!! I so wish you and hubby weren't going through what you are to see it though. It's nice to know that your comforts are very well cared for though while you are there and that you don't have to tromp all over the city for the things you need. Very well thought out for sure.

    Wishing you a safe trip filled with good news!!
    ((Big Hugs))

  6. Wishing you safe travels! And I so wish you were going there with your hubby to just enjoy the art work.

  7. Wishing you a healthy and happy 4th!

  8. saw you at octoberfarm today...and you mentioned mums....i have my first one in my kitchen...and it makes me so HAPPY !!!!

    i can smell Fall...

    kary and teddy


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