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Philanthropist makes $60 million donation to Mayo Clinic

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Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic has received a $60 million donation.

St. Paul philanthropist Helene Houle made the contribution in honor of her late husband, John Nasseff. Mayo Clinic announced this in a news release on Monday.

The hospital is naming its new patient bed tower after Nasseff. It's the first building on the Saint Marys campus to be named after a patient.

The 11-story building, now called the John M. Nasseff Tower, includes 162 patient beds.

"John Nasseff and Helene Houle have had a significant impact on Mayo Clinic over the decades of their support," Mayo Clinic president and CEO Gianrico Farrugia said. "We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Houle for this generous gift, and we cannot think of a more fitting way to honor Mr. Nasseff."

Nasseff died in 2018. His son, Arthur, underwent lifesaving surgery at Saint Marys hospital when he was 16.

In the decades since the operation, Nasseff and Houle made several donations to the hospital in honor of Arthur's surgeon and others who cared for the family.

Mayo Clinic said the donation will "accelerate its efforts to transform health care delivery in Minnesota."

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