Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mayo Clinic is reporting that it has received a total of $5 million to create a new Innovative Center for Women's Health.

The gift is from Penny and Bill George, and the George Family Foundation to establish a center where women will receive personalized, holistic health care tailored to meet their needs throughout their lives.

"Our gift represents a significant investment in shifting the ways women interact with health care at Mayo Clinic, one of the premier health care institutions in the U.S.," says Penny George. "Mayo Clinic has long been known for its Executive Health Program. 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."

A news release says 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. The program will be based on their health needs, genetic traits, lifestyle, personal preferences and will include an offering education on health and wellness. In addition, the new center will promote further research and education concerning how sex and gender affect health.

The George family has long been involved with the Mayo Clinic, including Bill George's service on the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees from 2012 until this year.

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