ROCHESTER, Minn. — Longtime supporters Jack and Mary Ann Remick of Rochester recently pledged $5 million to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as part of a Mayo Clinic collaboration to initiate a physician assistant program in Southeast Minnesota. The Remicks’ generous gift will be used to expand the university’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester and to support academic programming.
The $4.4 million two-story addition to Cascade Meadow—expected to begin in late spring—includes a nearly 10,000 square-foot expansion that will support delivery of a 3+2 Physician Assistant program, a collaborative effort between Mayo’s School of Health Sciences and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The facility’s classrooms and meeting spaces also will be used by Saint Mary’s adult students in other university graduate-degree programs offered in Rochester and will support future allied health offerings. The Remicks’ donation includes an additional $600,000 to be used for program development.
As residents of Rochester, the Remicks are dedicated to supporting growth in programming beneficial to the area, which is transforming into a global destination for health and wellness. Their gift will attract talented young students to this area, while helping to fulfill a need in the medical community. Mary Ann is chair of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Board of Trustees, having joined the board in 2004. Jack previously served on the board from 1999 to 2004. The Remicks established Cascade Meadow in 2011 and transferred ownership to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2015.
“The Remicks have always shared Saint Mary’s mission to make education accessible to students,” said Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s. “We are most grateful for their continued partnership and progressive vision. Through our Rochester presence, we will build a pipeline of educational opportunities for students enrolling in programs at our many locations—in Rochester, Winona, Minneapolis, and online.”
“This building addition and collaboration with Mayo Clinic should put Cascade Meadow and Saint Mary’s on the map in Rochester,” Jack Remick said. “I’m pleased to see how Saint Mary’s is developing programming at Cascade Meadow to fully utilize the facility and build this valuable collaboration.”
To read more about the collaborative effort with Mayo Clinic for a physician assistant program, visit here.
Photo caption: Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, with Jack and Mary Ann Remick.