Yesterday, I joined leaders from Mayo Clinic and Hitachi to announce their plans to build a new carbon ion cancer treatment facility at Mayo's integrated oncology facility under construction at their campus off San Pablo Rd.
Over the years, our city has earned a reputation as a leader in the health and life sciences sector, in no small part because of the Mayo Clinic. We are one of three U.S. cities that can claim the prestigious Mayo name, and this carbon ion treatment facility with be the first of its kind in North America.
Mayo's presence here continues to grow. Currently, there is more than $600 million in construction ongoing or planned at the Jacksonville campus over the next few years. It employs more than 6,500 personnel and brings in more than 140,000 unique patients to our city each year from more than 120 countries.
This promising carbon ion therapy and research has the potential to save many lives and provide new treatment options for difficult-to-treat cancers.
I am grateful for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Hitachi and our partners for this important investment, and for selecting Jacksonville as the North American home for this important work.