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Mayo Clinic Health System announces mobile health clinic

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 10:07 AM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Mayo Clinic Health System announces a new mobile health clinic.

A large commercial vehicle houses the clinic, which includes two exam rooms, an on-site laboratory, and pharmacy services.

MCHS says the mobile clinic will improve access to health care in rural communities across Southern Minnesota.

The mobile unit can also meet patients where they are for preventative screenings and telehealth visits, making health care as accessible as possible, an issue heightened by the pandemic.

“We do know the role of health across the country has been challenged by many hurdles,” Dr. Gokhan Anil, regional chair of clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Health System Southwest, said. “Our communities and some of the health care disparities that exist have to be overcome. So this has been thought about even before the pandemic, however, the pandemic obviously created the sense of urgency that we have to do different ways of reaching our patients and partnering with our communities.”

MCHS’s mobile unit will hit the road starting mid-June, beginning with COVID-19 vaccination events in Owatonna and Fairmont.

Services include:

· Acute illness/infection.

· Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccinations.

· Preventive services and healthcare screenings.

· Medication refills and checks.

· Chronic disease checks.

· Warfarin management.

· Pacemaker checks (virtual).

· Specialty consults and follow-ups (virtual).

· Prenatal visits (virtual).

· Wellness visits.

· Pediatrics.

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