1970: Physical Medicine Moves to East 10 #ThrowbackThursday
In 1970, the Mayo Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation moved Oct. 16–17 to East 10, Mayo Building.
Considerable remodeling was required prior to the move. While examining rooms on the north and south side were left essentially unchanged, much of the remaining area was reconstructed. Treatment booths replaced many of the conventional examining rooms, with six booths occupying the space of four rooms. Other partitions were removed to provide large areas for gymnasiums and hydrotherapy rooms.
Special heating and water storage facilities were installed for hydrotherapy. A signal system, slightly modified from that in previous use permitted patients in treatment booths to call a therapist. A safety feature allowed the power to be turned off in all treatment areas to insure that no electrical equipment was inadvertently left on after hours.
The move to East 10 in 1970 returned Physical Medicine to its original geographic location though at a higher elevation. Old Central School was the department’s first location, however, it was moved to the Worrall Annex during construction of Mayo Building in the early 1950s, and occupied the sixth and seventh floors of Plummer Building during the 1950s.