- By Kristy Jacobson
Mayo Clinic Health System’s mobile health clinic marks 1,000th appointment in approach to bridge gaps in rural health
KENYON, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic Health System's mobile health clinic was launched in July 2021 to bring Mayo Clinic care closer to patients in rural communities in southern Minnesota. This month, the mobile health clinic marked its 1,000th patient appointment, and 10,000 miles of travel among the four rural communities it serves: Blooming Prairie, Butterfield, Kenyon and Sherburn, Minnesota.
The mobile health clinic features two exam rooms, an on-site laboratory and telehealth equipment to connect patients to specialty care. It provides patients with year-round preventive health screenings and chronic disease management.
- Acute illness and infection.
- Anticoagulation (lab draws).
- Chronic disease checks.
- Medication refills and checks.
- Preventive services.
- Prenatal visits (virtual).
- Wellness visits.
"Delivering Mayo Clinic care to the doorsteps in these communities using cutting-edge technology not only brings care more conveniently to our patients where they live, but also it helps us bridge health care gaps in rural areas where access challenges exist historically," says Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., president of Mayo Clinic Health System.
"The biggest thing is that the mobile health clinic reduces barriers to care," says Lynsi Romportl, D.N.P., a nurse practitioner who sees patients aboard the mobile health clinic. "Patients aren't faced with arranging transportation to our clinics in Faribault or Owatonna, and spending up to a half-day for something as simple as a blood draw. Also, it's really nice for patients to have one provider and one team to work with. I get to know them, and they get to know me."
"I couldn't believe it when I was diagnosed, so I went into denial," says Castle. "But Dr. Lynsi convinced me this wasn't something I could ignore. I really credit her communication and follow-up with bringing down my A1C levels."
Whenever the mobile clinic is in Kenyon, Castle can walk a couple of blocks for blood tests and to go over his medications with Romportl rather than drive 20 minutes to Faribault. "What's not to love about it," asks Castle.
About Mayo Clinic Health System
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive highest-quality physical and virtual health care close to home.
- Kristy Jacobson, Mayo Clinic Health System Public Affairs, 507-263-9706, firstname.lastname@example.org