• By Kristy Jacobson

Supporting rural communities across southern Minnesota with a mobile health clinic

June 3, 2021

A mobile health clinic will launch this summer in southern Minnesota and offer a new way for patients in rural communities to connect with Mayo Clinic Health System, expanding access to Mayo Clinic care.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System will launch a new mobile health clinic that will expand services by increasing outreach and providing access to health care directly to patients in rural communities across southern Minnesota.

The mobile health clinic, which will be based in a large commercial vehicle, will include two exam rooms, an on-site laboratory and pharmacy services. Patient visits will begin later this summer, and specific locations and dates will be communicated to patients.

"Mayo Clinic Health System patients will have the peace of mind knowing that they are always connected to the world's leading medical experts,” says Jennifer Horn, M.D., regional chair of clinical practice, Southeast Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System. "Regardless of where you receive care, your health information will be readily available to Mayo's care teams."

Patients will be able to receive preventive health screenings and manage chronic diseases.

Services will include:

  • Acute illness/infection.
  • Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Preventive services and health care 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.

The mobile health clinic also has the technology and equipment to connect patients virtually through video appointments with Mayo Clinic experts. Pacemaker checks, specialty consults and follow-ups, and prenatal visits will be conducted virtually.

"The mobile health clinic is an extension of Mayo Clinic Health System's virtual care options," says Gokhan Anil, M.D., regional chair of clinical practice, Southwest Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System. "In addition to the mobile health clinic, patients can access their care team through Patient Online Services, Mayo Clinic Health System's patient portal; seek real-time services for basic care needs via Express Care Online; and get expert medical advice from nurses by calling the Nurse Care Line." 

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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.