Mayo Clinic Health System and Hilltop Hy–Vee are partnering to provide easier access to medical care.

The Mayo Clinic Health System Express Care Clinic is the first of its kind walk–in Clinic in the Mankato area, located just past the pharmacy in Hilltop Hy–Vee.

Mayo Clinic Health System Southwest Regional Dir. Urgent and Express Care Ruth Bolton, M.D. said, "The community's been asking for it for some time; because what we want to do is make it convenient, number one. Everybody wants to get in and out and wants to get top grade care, quickly but done well."

The clinic has been up and running for a few weeks but it's a partnership the store has been looking at for almost year that's also connecting patients with other services at the store like the pharmacy and dieticians.

Hilltop Hy-Vee store director Dan Vondrak said, "Our goal is to be able to promote health and wellness throughout our community and this is furthering that venture."

Patients sign up for a quick appointment with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses, and pay a set price for the specific treatment.

Bolton, M.D. said, "What they want to do is come to the people and that's why go into a grocery store, and we're parked right next to a pharmacy and it's been already an amazing relationship."

There are some limitations to the clinic, only treating people 18 months to 75–years–old.

The Express Care Clinic treats several minor medical conditions including allergies, ear and eye infections and strep throat along with providing vaccinations.

Bolton, M.D. said, "It's more of the minor things that are going on but it's what a lot of people come into our urgent care for right now and that can give us more time to take care of the patients difficult abdominal pains, back pains and things."

It also has limited laboratory capabilities.

The clinic is open seven days a week.

MCHS already has similar Express Care Clinics in Belle Plaine, Fairmont and New Prague.

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Mayo Clinic Health System and Hy-Vee are officially opening up the first of its kind clinic in the Mankato area.
 
The Express Care Clinic is located in the Hilltop Hy-Vee past the pharmacy.

The clinic provides treatments for minor medical conditions like allergies, ear and eye infections and sore throats along with providing vaccines.

Patients walk in, sign up for an appointment and pay a set price for the treatment.

The clinic is staffed with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses.

Patients need to be older than 18 months to 75-year-old to be treated at the clinic.

The clinic is open seven days a week.

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