Mayo sees $100M for proton beam therapy gift

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The Mayo Clinic has received $100 million to help establish its multi-site Proton Beam Therapy Program.

The donation will go toward establishing two intensity-modulated proton beam therapy centers, one at Mayo Rochester and the other at Mayo Scottsdale. Mayo expects to treat 2,480 patients annually between the two centers, which the institution expects to complete by 2016 at a cost of $400 million.

The Rochester facility will take the name of the giver, Richard O. Jacobson, an Iowan entrepreneur, long-time patient and previous donor to the Mayo Clinic. According to Mayo, the centers will focus on pencil beam scanning.