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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)  - Mayo Clinic today announced a $100 million donation in support of the expansion of its proton beam therapy facility in downtown Rochester.

The $200 million project was announced a little over a year ago and will expand the facility by more than 100,000 square feet and allow for the treatment of 900 additional patients each year. The donation is from Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation. The Bayport-based foundation was created by the president and chairman of Minnesota’s Andersen Corporation and his wife in 1959. Fred Andersen led the huge window and patio door manufacturer from 1914 until 1972. In recognition of the gift, Mayo will name the new facility the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen building.

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"This gift marks a significant milestone in Mayo Clinic's decades-long relationship with Fred and Katherine Andersen and the foundation that executes on their vision for healthy, strong communities," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. "The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation's generosity will bring proton beam therapy to more patients who need it and will help Mayo Clinic advance Category of One cancer care."

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The demolition of the old Colonial Building on the east side of the Mayo Clinic's Eisenberg Building has cleared the way for the construction of the new proton beam therapy facility to begin next year. The project includes two floors below ground, a lobby level, and a first level. It's expected to be ready to begin treating patients in 2025. Mayo will continue providing proton beam treatments at the existing facility while the project is taking place.

 

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