Scalise, Hagedorn Tour Mayo Clinic’s World Class Medical Technology

August 19, 2019
Press Release
Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Jim Hagedorn Tour Mayo’s Motion Analysis Laboratory

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Today, U.S. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) and Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) visited Mayo Clinic, named for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report as our nation’s top hospital.

During the visit, Scalise and Hagedorn discussed issues related to innovative medical care with Bobbie Gostout, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System. They also received a tour of Mayo Clinic’s Motion Analysis Laboratory.

Scalise, who suffered critically serious gunshot wounds while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game in 2017, spent significant time in similar motion recovery facilities.

Whip Steve Scalise said: 

“It’s an honor to tour the Mayo Clinic with my good friend and colleague, Rep. Jim Hagedorn. This facility provides such vital services to the city of Rochester and the greater Minnesota community. As Republicans continue working to find a solution for our country’s broken healthcare system, it’s critical for us to continue to empower medical centers like the Mayo Clinic who specialize in innovation, research, and development.”

Rep. Jim Hagedorn said: 

“Mayo Clinic is the preeminent institution of medicine in all the world. I’m so pleased Whip Scalise was able to visit Rochester and observe, first-hand, how Mayo offers cutting-edge of medical technology.

“One hundred thousand jobs - 35,000 direct positions in Rochester - are tied to medical care in Minnesota’s First District. My responsibility is to defend the world’s highest quality medical care and champion free-market solutions of competition and cost-transparency to ensure timely, quality medical care, drive down the cost of health care delivery and protect those with pre-existing and expensive medical needs.

“The socialist government-reimbursement notions currently proposed in Congress, for example single-payer and Medicare for All, will under-reimburse our doctors and hospitals, degrade the quality of medicine and destroy southern Minnesota’s economy.”

Steve Scalise proudly represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana. He was elected to Congress in 2008 after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996-2008. He serves his colleagues as the House Republican Whip, the second highest position in House Republican leadership. Critically wounded at a Congressional baseball practice on June 14, 2017, Scalise was saved by a heroic response from U.S. Capitol Police Special Agents and Alexandria Police Officers. Scalise fought for his life and returned to Congress, inspiring the nation with his resilience and optimism. 

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.