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Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy reflects on his time in that role

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The clock is ticking on the leadership tenure of Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

On Wednesday, he looked back on his performance in that role, sitting down with media members one last time.

With about two weeks left leading the Nation’s top healthcare facility, Dr. Noseworthy talked of fond memories, the health system’s accomplishments, and what he’s most proud of.

“When I look back I feel very very gratified to have had this privilege,” he said.

During his time as Mayo Clinic’s President & CEO, the health system treated patients nation-wide, and from dozens of countries overseas. It also invested in education, research and advancing Mayo Clinic’s mission.

“My fondest memory at Mayo Clinic is the work the people do every day. The best part of being CEO of Mayo Clinic is you have a view across the entire organization,” he said.

With patient care being the number one priority, the health system has worked to make Minnesota a global destination for healthcare.

And made patient records easily accessible to physicians and patients by creating an electronic health record system.

“We are having better patient outcomes, better safety, better quality. More research productivity, our staff satisfaction is strong and our finances have been strong, which allow us as not-for-profit to invest in research, education, the practice, our people, and of course in the community,” he said.

Dr. Noseworthy admits the consolidation of services from the Albert Lea campus to the Austin campus could have been handled better.

“They talked to the staff and said there are going to be some changes, and within minutes that became news. And so we hadn’t engaged the community adequately. That was bad on us, that was our mistake,” said Dr. Noseworthy.

He adds that Mayo has invested heavily in Austin and Albert Lea, and no one lost their job.

Dr. Noseworthy took over as CEO in 2009, and says being a member of Mayo Clinic’s staff is the highest honor he could ever achieve.

“I can’t believe I have the privilege of working here. That just has never worn off,” he said.

As for plans during retirement, he said he’s going to learn o play the piano.

Dr. Gianrico Farrugia will succeed Dr. John Noseworthy in 2019. Dr. Farrugia has been with Mayo Clinic for 30 years; 26 of those in Rochester.

Dr. Noseworthy said his advice to him is to listen well, listen often, understand the community and the people of Mayo.

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