Posted at: 10/16/2012 8:57 PM
Updated at: 10/16/2012 10:21 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen
OMC Opens Skyway Clinic In Downtown Rochester
(ABC 6 News) -- People looking for quick and accessible healthcare often turn to walk-in clinics. On Tuesday, a unique one catering specifically toward college students, opened in downtown Rochester.
There was almost no need for an opening ceremony because students walking by say they already know about the new skyway clinic.
"I think it's great as far as you know [a] student's aspect. Because you know, just living right around the corner, if you have a problem they're right there," says student, Matt Strempke. He and others are especially glad, since from 8 to 9 a.m., the clinic only serves University of Minnesota-Rochester students.
"I like that we have an option that we can get up early and not actually have to wait for other, like, people," says student, Lauren Mckenzie.
"We have a lot of time studying so it's nice that they like have a big range where we can come in when we're ready," says another student, Mikayla Dehning.
"When we had the idea of doing more convenience care, we thought this would be a great opportunity to be where the students are," says Doctor Randy Hemann with the Olmsted Medical Center.
The new clinic is on the second floor of 318 Commons, right above The Loop restaurant. As you step inside, you'll find a small waiting area that leads to four exam rooms and a lab. OMC says the clinic will handle non-emergency care such as physicals, vaccine shots, and testing for infections, like mono and strep.
"Sometimes it's hard to see somebody on a regular basis," says Hemann. "And these types of clinics, when they're well done and well-staffed, can provide excellent care."
It’s high quality care for a low cost. With most services around $50 dollars, students aren't complaining.
"It's convenient," says Mckenzie.
"It's really accommodating for students," says Strempke.
And while the idea to show off the new place may not be needed, the services this place provides will be. The clinic is open to everyone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.