Seminal documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will direct and executive producer PBS’s upcoming two-hour historical documentary The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science.
Produced by Florentine Films, Ewers Brothers Productions and WETA Washington, DC, the doc blends historical narrative with contemporary patient stories – including Senator John McCain and the Dalai Lama – to examine how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years, and what that can teach us about current day patient care.
The Mayo Clinic begins with the story of Dr. W.W. Mayo, who settled with his family in rural Minnesota to practice medicine. Along with the Sisters of Saint Francis and his sons Will and Charlie, Mayo laid the foundation for a medical center that now treats more than one million patients every year from 50 states and 150 countries, and employs 64,000 people in Rochester and at campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona.
The documentary features the voices of Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston, Blythe Danner and Josh Lucas, and demonstrates the power of collaboration in medicine and the role of humanity in science.
The Mayo Clinic is executive produced by Burns alongside Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers. Julie Coffman is the producer on the project.
The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science is slated to premiere this fall on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.