Mayo mobile health clinic to support hard to reach rural communities

June 2, 2021

A mobile health clinic will launch in summer 2021 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.

In summer 2021, Mayo Clinic Health System will launch a mobile health clinic that will expand Mayo’s outreach and provide access to health care services to hard to reach patients in rural communities across southern Minnesota.

“The mobile health clinic is part of Mayo Clinic’s commitment to innovation and creative solutions that serve local communities,” says Gokhan Anil, M.D., regional chair of clinical practice for Mayo Clinic Health System’s Southwest Minnesota Region. “Health care is transforming and evolving, and rural health care is especially challenged — not just at Mayo Clinic Health System, but all rural health providers. The mobile health clinic brings expanded high-quality health care services to our communities without the travel to our regional clinics and hospitals.”

The mobile health clinic will be based in a 39-foot recreational vehicle and include:

  • Two exam rooms.
  • A laboratory.
  • Pharmacy services.
  • Slide-out wall to expand workspace.
  • Wheelchair lift.
  • Blood draw chair.
  • Two medical-grade vaccine freezers.
  • Medical-grade refrigerator.
  • Satellite communications system.
  • Restroom.
  • Mobile hot spot.

The mobile health clinic also has the technology and equipment to connect patients virtually through video appointments with Mayo Clinic experts.

Patients can receive preventive health screenings and manage chronic diseases.

Services provided in the mobile health clinic will include:

  • Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Preventive services and health care screenings.
  • Medication refills and checks.
  • Chronic disease checks.
  • Warfarin management.
  • Wellness visits.
  • Pediatrics.

Pacemaker checks, specialty consults and follow-ups, and prenatal visits will be available virtually.

“Mayo Clinic Health System patients will have 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 for Mayo Clinic Health System’s Southeast Minnesota Region. “Regardless of where you receive care, your health information will be readily available to Mayo’s care teams.”

After several months of operation, the services offered by the mobile health clinic will be evaluated to determine if additional locations will be added.