Ken Burns' latest documentary is all about the Mayo Clinic

It airs on PBS Tuesday night.
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Celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns' latest documentary is all about the Minnesota success story that is the Mayo Clinic.

His two-hour documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science, gets its first airing on PBS Tuesday night.

It's clear that Burns is a big fan of the Rochester hospital, calling his documentary "The kind of story we need right now" when discussing this past week on Late Night with Seth Meyers, saying the clinic's tale is "a quintessentially American story."

The New Yorker has built a sterling reputation for his documentary films that focus on a wide range of subjects, including The Civil War, baseball, America's national parks and the Vietnam War.

His latest piece sees him chart the history of the Mayo Clinic from its humble beginnings to where it is today, with Burns telling Meyers that "despite some shortcomings, this is the best place on Earth" to receive medical care.

As MedCityBeat notes, overall Burns' movie is full of praise for what is a pioneering American institution.

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Speaking after the film's premiere two weeks ago, Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said that Burns had shown the clinic in an honest and fair way.

"The respect you showed to our patients, our staff, the families, the history, our culture — its’s an exquisite piece of genius that you have woven together," he said.

You can catch The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science at 8 p.m. Central on PBS Tuesday.

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