Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About ‘Mayo Clinic’ Documentary | TODAY


>>>RENOWNED DOCUMENTARY>>>RENOWNED DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS WITH LOOKS AT FILMMAKERS WITH LOOKS AT EVERYTHING FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO EVERYTHING FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO BASEBALL. BASEBALL.>>HERE HAPPY HE’S HERE WITH US>>HERE HAPPY HE’S HERE WITH US THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT HIS THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT HIS NEW DOCUMENTARY “THE MAYO NEW DOCUMENTARY “THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH, HOPE, SCIENCE.” CLINIC: FAITH, HOPE, SCIENCE.” TAKE A LOOK. TAKE A LOOK. AMERICA’S PREMIERE HOSPITAL IN AMERICA’S PREMIERE HOSPITAL IN PRIMETIME. PRIMETIME. THE MAYO CLINIC IN A THE MAYO CLINIC IN A DOCUMENTARY. DOCUMENTARY. IT FOLLOWS SURGEONS, PATIENTS IT FOLLOWS SURGEONS, PATIENTS AND THE HUMAN SIDE OF AND THE HUMAN SIDE OF LIFE-AND-DEATH DECISIONS. LIFE-AND-DEATH DECISIONS. ITCLINIC’S ITCLINIC’S HISTORY. HISTORY.>>SHE HAD HER VISION OF>>SHE HAD HER VISION OF BUILDING A HOSPITAL. BUILDING A HOSPITAL. A PLACE SHE INSISTED WOULD BE A PLACE SHE INSISTED WOULD BE OPEN TO ALL SICK PERSONS OPEN TO ALL SICK PERSONS REGARDLESS OF COLOR, SEX, REGARDLESS OF COLOR, SEX, FINANCIAL STATUS. FINANCIAL STATUS.>>Reporter: BUT COUPLES THAT>>Reporter: BUT COUPLES THAT WITH THE CONTEMPORARY HUMANITY WITH THE CONTEMPORARY HUMANITY THAT IT DEALS WITH EVERY TIE. THAT IT DEALS WITH EVERY TIE.>>MELANOMA CAN SPREAD EVEN TO>>MELANOMA CAN SPREAD EVEN TO THE FETUS. THE FETUS.>>Reporter: AND CHRONICLES 150>>Reporter: AND CHRONICLES 150 YEARS OF CURES AND COMPASSIONS. YEARS OF CURES AND COMPASSIONS.>>SOMETIMES I DEAL WITH PEOPLE>>SOMETIMES I DEAL WITH PEOPLE THAT DIE. THAT DIE. I FEEL THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT I I FEEL THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT I CAN GIVE THEM HOPE IS IF I KNOW CAN GIVE THEM HOPE IS IF I KNOW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS, I’M IN MY HEART OF HEARTS, I’M TRYING TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES. TRYING TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES.>>KEN BURNS, TOM BROKAW, GOOD>>KEN BURNS, TOM BROKAW, GOOD MORNING. MORNING. KEN, WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE MAYO KEN, WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE MAYO CLINIC. CLINIC. I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE ORIGIN I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THIS PLACE. OF THIS PLACE.>>THERE’S A TORNADO, W.W. MAYO>>THERE’S A TORNADO, W.W. MAYO AND HIS SONS ARE A FAMILY AND HIS SONS ARE A FAMILY PRACTICE. PRACTICE. THEY ASK THE SISTERS TO USE THEY ASK THE SISTERS TO USE THEIR EMPTY SEMINARY ROOMS TO THEIR EMPTY SEMINARY ROOMS TO HOUSE THEIR MOTHER. HOUSE THEIR MOTHER. BUT ALFRED COMES BACK AND SAYS, BUT ALFRED COMES BACK AND SAYS, I JUST HAD A VISION FROM GOD I JUST HAD A VISION FROM GOD THAT I AM TO BUILD YOU A THAT I AM TO BUILD YOU A HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL. AND HE’S AN AGNOSTIC THAT AND HE’S AN AGNOSTIC THAT DEFENDS DARWIN. DEFENDS DARWIN. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. DO THIS. BUT IF YOU DO DO IT, I WILL BE BUT IF YOU DO DO IT, I WILL BE YOUR SURGEON. YOUR SURGEON. THIS IS NOT A QUAINT 1920s THIS IS NOT A QUAINT 1920s STORY. STORY. THOSE NONES ARE STILL THERE. THOSE NONES ARE STILL THERE. THE MAYO CLINIC RUNS PARALLEL TO THE MAYO CLINIC RUNS PARALLEL TO THE MOST SUPERB HEALTH CARE THE MOST SUPERB HEALTH CARE WE’VE FOUND. WE’VE FOUND. RATED THE BEST IN THE WORLD, RATED THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AGAIN. AGAIN. I WENT THERE TO GET A CHECKUP I WENT THERE TO GET A CHECKUP AND WAS BLOWN AWAY AT THE AND WAS BLOWN AWAY AT THE QUALITY OF THE CARE. QUALITY OF THE CARE. IT’S A STORY OF THE HISTORY BUT IT’S A STORY OF THE HISTORY BUT ALSO THE STORY OF REGULAR PEOPLE ALSO THE STORY OF REGULAR PEOPLE GETTING EXTRAORDINARY CARE. GETTING EXTRAORDINARY CARE.>>YOU SAT ON THE BOARD.>>YOU SAT ON THE BOARD. YOU WERE ALSO A PATIENT AT THE YOU WERE ALSO A PATIENT AT THE MAYO CLINIC. MAYO CLINIC. WHAT ARE THEY DOING THAT WHAT ARE THEY DOING THAT HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY COULD LEARN FROM? COULD LEARN FROM?>>I THINK THE TEAM APPROACH IS>>I THINK THE TEAM APPROACH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF IT. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF IT. YOU’RE NEVER IN A MEETING WITH YOU’RE NEVER IN A MEETING WITH JUST YOUR PHYSICIAN. JUST YOUR PHYSICIAN. YOU HAVE THE WHOLE TEAM. YOU HAVE THE WHOLE TEAM. THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE SCREEN AT THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE SCREEN AT THE SAME TIME. THE SAME TIME. AND THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO MAKE AND THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO MAKE YOU BETTER. YOU BETTER. THE OTHER THING IS, THESE ARE THE OTHER THING IS, THESE ARE DOCTORS WHO ARE ON SALARIES. DOCTORS WHO ARE ON SALARIES. NAIR NOT ON FEES. NAIR NOT ON FEES. EVERYBODY GETS PAID ACCORDING TO EVERYBODY GETS PAID ACCORDING TO A SALARY SCALE THEY HAVE. A SALARY SCALE THEY HAVE. YOU’RE NOT GETTING EXTRA TESTS YOU’RE NOT GETTING EXTRA TESTS TO BEEF IT ALL UP. TO BEEF IT ALL UP. THE OTHER THICK IS, AS KEN KNOWS THE OTHER THICK IS, AS KEN KNOWS WELL, A MILLION PATIENTS GO WELL, A MILLION PATIENTS GO THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC. THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC. EVERYONE WHO COMES BACK FROM IT, EVERYONE WHO COMES BACK FROM IT, AS KEN DID AND OTHERS, AS WELL, AS KEN DID AND OTHERS, AS WELL, ARE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW WELL IT ARE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW WELL IT WORKS. WORKS. THE TOWN OF ROCHESTER IS THE THE TOWN OF ROCHESTER IS THE MAYO CLINIC. MAYO CLINIC. THEY’RE MODEST, MINNESOTA NICE THEY’RE MODEST, MINNESOTA NICE PEOPLE, AND THEY GET THE BEST PEOPLE, AND THEY GET THE BEST OFFICIALS OF THE WORLD BECAUSE OFFICIALS OF THE WORLD BECAUSE THEY JUST WORRY ABOUT BEING A THEY JUST WORRY ABOUT BEING A GOOD DOCTOR. GOOD DOCTOR.>>THEY’RE AN OPEN BOOK.>>THEY’RE AN OPEN BOOK. YOU WENT TO THEM AND SAID, IF I YOU WENT TO THEM AND SAID, IF I FIND SOMETHING, IT MAY END UP IN FIND SOMETHING, IT MAY END UP IN MY DOCUMENTARY. MY DOCUMENTARY.>>WE’RE NOT IN THE PAST, WE>>WE’RE NOT IN THE PAST, WE HAVE A DISTINCT LINE BETWEEN HAVE A DISTINCT LINE BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. CHURCH AND STATE. AND I SAID TO THE CEO, WHAT IF I AND I SAID TO THE CEO, WHAT IF I FIND SOMETHING BAD. FIND SOMETHING BAD. HE SAID, IF YOU DO, WE WANT TO HE SAID, IF YOU DO, WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT. KNOW ABOUT IT. IT’S NOT A PERFECT PLACE. IT’S NOT A PERFECT PLACE. DISEASES ARE PERNICIOUS AND DISEASES ARE PERNICIOUS AND PATIENTS DIE. PATIENTS DIE. EVERY PHYSICIAN HAS THEIR OWN EVERY PHYSICIAN HAS THEIR OWN INTIMATE PERSONAL GRAVEYARD OF INTIMATE PERSONAL GRAVEYARD OF THE PATIENTS THEY LOST. THE PATIENTS THEY LOST. THEY WANT TO DO BETTER. THEY WANT TO DO BETTER. THE CULTURE OF COLLABORATION THE CULTURE OF COLLABORATION THAT’S DONE FROM THE SALARY, THAT’S DONE FROM THE SALARY, MEANS THEY SELECT FROM PEOPLE MEANS THEY SELECT FROM PEOPLE WHO DIE IN THIS TEAM EFFORT. WHO DIE IN THIS TEAM EFFORT. YOU NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU’RE YOU NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ALONE. ALONE. WE THINK THAT THE PATIENT IS WE THINK THAT THE PATIENT IS FIRST. FIRST. BURR IT’S NOT. BURR IT’S NOT. THE DOCTOR FIRST OR THE THE DOCTOR FIRST OR THE ADMINISTRATOR OR THE INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR OR THE INSURANCE GUY HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE NON GUY HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE NON NONPROFIT AND THEY POOR NONPROFIT AND THEY POOR EVERYTHING BACK INTO PATIENT EVERYTHING BACK INTO PATIENT CARE. CARE. THE PATIENT IS FIRST. THE PATIENT IS FIRST. IT’S NOT A SECRET SAUCE. IT’S NOT A SECRET SAUCE. THEY SHARE EVERYTHING WITH THEY SHARE EVERYTHING WITH EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY. AND YOU KNOW, WE WISH THAT THE AND YOU KNOW, WE WISH THAT THE REST OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REST OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COULD BE SO GOOD. COULD BE SO GOOD.>>KEN, THANK YOU.

8 thoughts on “Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw Talk About ‘Mayo Clinic’ Documentary | TODAY

  1. Thank you, Ken Burns, for this Mayo Clinic documentary. I love learning, especially about science and medicine. Someday every person will start at age 5 or so, only or mostly, science and medicine, so that every person can have that necessary knowledge, about their own bodies, and so that every person could be a scientist and Doctor by age 20. They will have the knowledge, even if they don't care to actually "be a doctor and scientist." That means most of what this antiquated education system now teaches (in 2018) won't even be taught anymore, because no one will need to know it because of computers and robots. Thank you.

  2. TruthDig, By Chris Hedges (re health care system)
    “Capitalists, as my friend Father Michael Doyle says, should never be allowed near a health care system. They hold sick children hostage as they force parents to bankrupt themselves in the desperate scramble to pay for medical care. The sick do not have a choice. Medical care is not a consumable good. We can choose a used car or a new car, shop at a boutique or a thrift store, but there is no choice between illness and health. And any debate about health care must acknowledge that the for-profit health care industry is the problem and must be destroyed. This is an industry that hires doctors & analysts to deny care to patients in order to increase profits. It is an industry that causes half of all bankruptcies. And the 20,000 Americans who died last year because they did not receive adequate care condemn these corporations as complicit in murder!”

    2Cor 8:9 Jesus was rich, but became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.
    Don’t change those words of Truth.

    No one should ever have to work for a tiny temporary wage, because they often become too sick to work again.
    Every person on Earth should have a guaranteed income worldwide, because there never should have been any unequal wealth.
    With a guaranteed income then every person on Earth could pay as much as they need to get healthy, whether it's surgeries, millions of tests, etc.

  3. This model is what AOC is talking about in FREE health care for ALL. This is Mayo Clinic model is already going on in California.
    To put the patient needs first and try to make it a pleasant experience. Healthcare for all no matter what color, religion or creed.
    The Original Mayo Clinic documentary from PBS made me cry. Best documentary ever.
    Healthcare can be so simple to administer if people set there minds on it.

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