Mayo Express Care Clinic

On April 6, Mayo Clinic opened an express care clinic at the Crossroads Professional Building on the corner of Highway 3 and Lyndale Avenue in Faribault. (Camey Thibodeau/Daily News)

UPDATE: This article has been corrected to reflect that Mayo Clinic Health System operates the new express care clinic.

Another option is now available for those seeking express care in Faribault.

On April 6, Mayo Clinic Health System opened an express care clinic at the Crossroads Professional Building on the corner of Highway 3 and Lyndale Avenue in Faribault.

Walk-in only appointments will be available to patients 18 months and older suffering from sore throats, ear infections, bronchitis, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, rashes, allergies, pink eye, strep, and other routine illnesses. Limited laboratory services will be available on-site.

“In an effort to better serve our communities, Mayo Clinic Health System is pleased to open our Express Care clinic at the Crossroads Professional Building,” said Brian Bunkers, chief executive officer at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault, Kenyon and Owatonna. “We are fortunate to have two experienced providers, Jacob Kruger and Michelle Blankenship, help us launch this program.”

The express care clinic will share some clinic space with the occupational medicine clinic that opened earlier this year.

Jacob Kruger, Mayo Clinic Health System physician assistant, and Michelle Blankenship, nurse practitioner, will treat patients at the new clinic.

There are differences between express care and urgent care, Kruger said.

Express care is focused on treating minor illnesses and patients who can be seen in about 5-10 minutes. Urgent care can get X-rays, bloodwork and treat lacerations with sutures, but express care cannot. Strep and flu tests, urine cultures and pregnancy tests can be performed at express care.

Another difference is that urgent care sees all ages, whereas express care only sees patients ages 18 months to 75 or 80 years of age, with the upper age range depending on the patient’s condition.

“We have a select list of conditions we can treat,” said Kruger. “It’s convenient for the public and helps relieve some of the minor things primary care physicians are getting bogged down with. I think it will be popular in Faribault. We’re looking forward to providing Faribault with our expertise.”

Express care hours are Monday through Friday from 3-7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Most insurance, cash and credit cards are accepted at the clinic.

Call 507-333-3350 or visit the new clinic online to learn more about the conditions treated at express care. Anyone wishing to be seen must visit the clinic for an appointment.

Reach reporter Camey Thibodeau at 333-3128. Follow her on Twitter.com @CameyThibodeau.

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