The Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation kicked off its ninth annual Transform Conference on Thursday, September 14 at the Mayo Civic Center. But that wasn’t the only location in downtown Rochester where innovation was taking place during the four-day conference.
Coinciding with Transform 2016 was Rochester’s first-ever urban prototyping festival dubbed Placemakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival. Co-organized by Destination Medical Center, Rochester Downtown Alliance, and the Rochester Art Center, the festival featured the creations of 16 teams representing a diverse range of backgrounds.
Four transportation consulting groups gathered in Rochester this week to observe traffic conditions and transit operations on a typical weekday and, ultimately, advance the DMC vision through first-hand knowledge of existing capabilities and future needs.
The DMC Plan identifies the need to create an integrated system of parking and transit options to better facilitate pedestrian and bicycle options and create efficient, healthy, high-amenity options that can accommodate a doubling of downtown jobs. “Infrastructure is the backbone of our DMC planning, with transportation being a critical component,” says Lisa Clarke, DMC EDA executive director. A world-class transportation network would not only improve livability for Rochester’s residents and businesses but also attract the workforce talent required to achieve the DMC vision.
Dr. Jeanne M. Huddleston is Mayo Clinic’s first Hospitalist, a physician whose professional focus is on the general medical care of hospitalized patients. She expanded upon that role by becoming accredited in industrial and systems engineering, statistics, and LEAN Six Sigma, among other fields of study. DMC sat down with Dr. Huddleston to learn more about her move to the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and how she feels employing an engineering perspective might help Rochester and DMC achieve its vision of becoming America’s City for Health.
DMC: You recently took on a role in the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. How has design thinking – CFI’s primary methodology – impacted your evolving approach to health care delivery?
Huddleston: I moved over from the Center for Science of Health Care Delivery to the Center for Innovation (CFI) because I’m very passionate about making meaningful improvements in health care delivery for our patients and our providers now. Not five years from now. Not ten years from now – but now.
Only a couple days to go before the face of downtown Rochester takes on a new look during the PlaceMakers Rochester Prototyping Festival.
Want to meet the “Makers” behind the creative and innovative prototypes at the festival? Check out this video and learn more about many of the projects!
The three-day festival will be held from September 15 to 17 and was developed in collaboration with Downtown Rochester, Minnesota and the Rochester Art Center.
Hope to see you there!
Of the many prototyping proposals submitted to take part in the 2016 PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival, 16 were selected and will be on display from September 15 to 17 near historic 3rd Street SW. Community members of all ages are invited to attend the festival and engage with the prototype designers (or “Makers”) during the three-day event.
Want to learn more about what to expect from the various prototypes? Read on!
M.A. Mortenson Co. has been chosen as the developer for the research campus of Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) in downtown Rochester.
The six-block subdistrict which will be called Discovery Square is supposed to “serve as a point where physicians and scientists will come together with businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate advancements in medical research and technology for critical advances in patient care,” according to an announcement.
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The DMC vision moved another step closer to becoming a reality today when Mayo Clinic announced today that it will collaborate with M.A. Mortenson, a Minneapolis-based real estate development and construction firm, on the DMC sub-district Discovery Square.
Over the next 20 years, Mayo Clinic will add 2 million square feet of space in Discovery Square for research, education, and product development.
“With [Mortenson’s] experience, they will be a fantastic partner with Mayo to spearhead the development of the six-block Discovery Square, the bioscience research, education and medical innovation campus that is the core of the DMC,” says Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMC Corporation Board Chair. “Discovery Square, which will include Mayo and other private businesses, is a key milestone for DMC.”