The city of Rochester is located in southern Minnesota and is the birthplace of the world renowned, Mayo Clinic. Being the heart of our Med City, the hospital is the foundation which contributes to a thriving city of over 115,000 residents. Rochester values education, arts, diversity, culture and community in welcoming visitors and new families with its Midwest charm and hospitality.
In 1988, a group of six women met at the home of a medical spouse, where they sat around a kitchen table discussing their connections, friendships and faith. Coming from different backgrounds, denominations and varied stages of the medical journey, they had one thing in common - they were sisters in faith and medicine. Side By Side began in Rochester, Minnesota in 1988 and to this day, the ministry has expanded both nationally and internationally with over 90 chapters. No matter the medical stage you are in, we invite you to join our community and welcome you to Rochester! Follow the link to view the Side By Side Rochester Welcome Guide, where you'll find resources that may help as you settle into your new home.