July 1967: Gastroenterology Unit Moves to New Wing at Saint Marys
By Alyssa Frank • June 23, 2016
In July 1967, the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Unit moved to an area on the second floor in Saint Marys Alfred Unit. The new location provided vastly enlarged and improved facilities.
The photographs below give only a partial view of the unit, which occupied nearly 7,000 square feet of the second floor area. It provided:
A patient study area with four beds for patients undergoing “acute” studies, of one to four hours’ duration.
Laboratories with a full range of biochemical facilities and a high degree of versatility. Among these were a cold room for enzyme studies and a constant temperature room. Isotope facilities included counters and read-out equipment for determination of uptake and excretion of radioactive substances.
An X-ray facility, which provided fluoroscope with image intensification, cineradiography, and television monitoring.
Offices for staff, patient examining room, consultation rooms, secretarial area, and conference rooms.
A library-conference room for the unit’s teaching program.
Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Segment Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She leads marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.