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Ex-Polaris CEO Donates Another $10M To Mayo

After previously donating $27.5 million to Mayo Clinic, W. Hall Wendel, Jr.—retired chairman and CEO of Polaris Industries, Inc.—recently gave another $10 million to expand the clinic’s health center for business executives.

Ex-Polaris CEO Donates Another $10M To Mayo
Retired Polaris Industries, Inc., executive W. Hall Wendel, Jr., recently donated $10 million to Mayo Clinic to expand its executive health center, which will bear his name.
 
It marks the former Polaris CEO’s second major gift to the Rochester-based medical system. In what was originally a 6,000-square-foot space, the expanded, 21,000-square-foot W. Hall Wendel, Jr. Center for Executive Health—located on the fifth floor of the Mayo Building—will offer several new amenities and services. In addition to an expanded lounge, additional food and beverage options, and blood work stations, the center will offer comprehensive exams with physicians, preventative screening tests, vaccinations, and full evaluations specific to patients’ needs. Business executives can also participate in stress management programs and travel clinics.
 
Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Kelley Luckstein told Twin Cities Business that Wendel, Jr.—the former chairman and CEO of Medina-based Polaris and a former Mayo Clinic patient—wanted to support quality care for busy business executives.
 
Wendel, Jr., said in a press release that Mayo Clinic’s health center for executives is “designed for efficiency and thoroughness; busy executives are in and out in a day and a half, assuming no complications. If there are complications, the entire health and medical services of Mayo Clinic are on-site and immediately available,” he said.
 
The center opened to patients on October 7, and the number of monthly examinations given is between 800 and 1,000, Luckstein said.
 
“Mr. Wendel’s gift reflects his generous history of giving to Mayo Clinic and his strong commitment to the health and wellness of our patients,” Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy said in a statement.
 
The W. Hall Wendel, Jr. Center for Executive Health is the second center at Mayo Clinic that is named after Wendel, Jr. He donated $27.5 million for the W. Hall Wendel Jr. Musculoskeletal Center, which opened in 2007. Through this donation, Wendel, Jr. also established an endowed professorship, naming Kent Kaufman as the musculoskeletal center’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering. An endowed professorship provides a stream of annual financial support for patient care, research, and education.
 
U.S. News & World Report recently named Rochester-based Mayo Clinic to its annual “Best Hospitals” list, which examined data for roughly 4,800 U.S. hospitals based on 16 medical specialties. Mayo Clinic, in connection with Saint Marys Hospital, is the third largest hospital in the state based on revenue.
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