Skyway clinic opens its doors
Thanks to my esteemed colleague Jeff Hansel for the Raptor photo. Here's the caption he wrote to go with it:
"I can speak for myself and I can speak for other students. We are very excited to have you guys here," UMR bachelor of science in health sciences sophomore Joe Inhofer, standing next to school mascot The Raptor, tells Olmsted Medical Center Skyway Clinic nurse practitioner/physician assistant Barb Malat.
Here the piece I scrambled together for today's dead tree edition on this:
Rochester's newest downtown clinic opened its doors for business Tuesday.
Olmsted Medical Center launched its new Skyway Clinic to serve University of Minnesota Rochester students as well as the general public.
Rochester business leaders, university officials and even UMR's Raptor mascot gathered for the symbolic ribbon cutting in the skyway level of the 318 Commons building on First Avenue.
For easy access, the walk-in clinic is located inside the building where the majority of the University of Minnesota Rochester students live and where many UMR staff offices are located. It is directly above above The Loop Bar + Restaurant.
"This is a great partnership between OMC and the University of Minnesota Rochester," said Jay Hesley, UMR's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.
This new convenience clinic evolved from what began in 2010 as two-days-a-week medical services for students at the downtown campus.
"I believe it will complement our other clinics," said Dr. Randy Hemann, who is a director of Olmsted Medical Center's two popular FastCare retail clinics based in Rochester's Shopko stores as well as the new skyway location.
The skyway clinic will offering a wide-range of non-emergency, non-urgent care — such as strep tests — to students, as well as the general public. A Skyway Clinic visit costs $49 and is billable to health insurance. Extra charges may apply for vaccinations and lab services.