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Innovation needs a special place. To work and think differently, people need spaces to facilitate innovative work. The Center for Innovation has created several places throughout Mayo Clinic to better engage with patients, providers and project participants.

The center is located among patient care floors in the Gonda Building in Rochester, Minn., and includes glass-enclosed, reconfigurable areas along with large collaboration spaces. It's designed without walls to allow for greater team collaboration and transparency between projects and those working on them.

Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation expanded operations and moved to the Gonda Building, 16th Floor, in 2010. Its space provides an innovative work area that enables creativity, fosters transparency and supports collaboration with a commitment to responsible use of Mayo Clinic resources.

The space supports a multidisciplinary team with combined individual desk space and larger, shared team spaces. With built-in drop-in spaces, stakeholders and project collaborators can easily sit with the team when needed.

Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab

The Center for Innovation, in partnership with Mayo Clinic's Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, has created a new "living lab" in the Charter House, a continuing care retirement community of 400 residents in Rochester, Minn., that is physically connected to Mayo Clinic.

The goal of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) Lab is to support "aging in place," helping seniors remain at home, healthy and independent.

New services and technologies are designed, prototyped and piloted in the lab. The lab has a large common living area, nursing station and four apartments, each with a bedroom, kitchen, den and bathroom. Team members frequently engage with residents of Charter House and other community organizations for their research.

Multidisciplinary Design Clinic

Nearly eight years ago, under the leadership of Michael D. Brennan, M.D., Endocrinology, and Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D., who was then the center's medical director, the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine envisioned a "living lab" that would allow specialists to study how health care is experienced and delivered to patients.

The outcome was Mayo Clinic's unique Multidisciplinary Design Clinic in the Gonda Building, 12th Floor. This space is a versatile environment that brings health care providers together with patients in a space that allows experimentation with care model prototypes with the goal of creating the optimum health care experience.

Modeled after a scientific research laboratory, where hypotheses are piloted, observed, tested and improved, the Multidisciplinary Design Clinic functions as a setting in which providers experiment with health care delivery methods, prototypes and processes. Working directly with patients and providers allows rapid prototyping with all stakeholders to discover new insights and address problems in the current system of health care delivery.

  • May 7, 2014
  • ART821376