Help and healing can come in unexpected ways. For the Mayo Clinic, that healing began 150 years ago and grew into one of the largest most prestigious medical institutions on the planet.
Its historical narrative is told in award-winning documentarian Ken Burns’ latest film, "The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science." From the deadly tornado that tore through Rochester in 1883 to Mother Alfred’s initial urging of Dr. W.W. Mayo to open a hospital. And, the Franciscan sisters’ fundraising to help build and equip it. They are an instrumental part of mayo clinic’s success and a central part of ken burns’ recent documentary.
"It’s one of those once in a lifetime kind of stories," said Sister Mary Eliot of Sisters of Saint Francis. "Respect for the earth, respect for humanity, respect for one another was portrayed in the movie."
‘The Miracle in the Cornfield,’ is what the founding Mayo brothers and the Sisters of Saint Francis called it.
"I was very impressed of the history and the way that he weaved in the sister’s aspect of the importance of Mayo Clinic today," said Sister Ramona. "The main takeaway of the film for me was a deep appreciation for the dedication of those beginning people and that that legacy inspires me to want to be a better person."
That story told through the lens of Burns premiered on-air Tuesday night and rebroadcasted Wednesday evening.