Mayo Clinic has received a combined gift of $5 million from Penny and Bill George, and the George Family Foundation, to create the Center for Women’s Health. The center will be a destination where women will receive personalized, holistic health care that is tailored to meet their needs throughout their lives.
“Mayo Clinic has long been known for its Executive Health Program,” said Penny George. “This program will mirror the success of that approach but take it a step further. The focus will be not only on women, but also on integrative health and healing practices that will go hand in hand with traditional medicine — an approach we’ve been advancing through our work over the past two decades.”
The Center for Women’s Health seeks to empower women to prioritize their care, and provide them with the options and solutions they need to improve their well-being based on their health needs, genetic traits, lifestyle and personal preferences. During an appointment in the center, women will be provided with information and education on health and wellness. They can take advantage of additional appointments or consultations in areas of women’s health to help them stay healthy or to treat their medical conditions.
The multidisciplinary center will also work with other divisions and departments at Mayo Clinic to incorporate integrative health and lifestyle services into their models of care. In addition, the center will promote further research and education on how sex and gender affect health.
“This transformative philanthropic gift from Bill and Penny George, and the George Family Foundation, will personalize the health care experience of women,” says Stephanie Faubion, M.D., Bill and Penny George Director, Center for Women’s Health. “The Center for Women’s Health will lead by example to set a new national standard for women’s health care, providing personalized care that considers women as partners in their health care. The center’s goal is to become a destination for women’s health care where patients are not only treated for a specific condition, but also empowered with the tools and knowledge they need to improve their overall health and wellness: mind, body and spirit.”
George has long been involved with Mayo Clinic, including serving on the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2019. “It’s our hope that the Center for Women’s Health inspires other philanthropists to join in the mission to transform health care for women, ensuring its continued success and elevating women’s health as a priority at Mayo Clinic,” he says.