An innovative new University of Minnesota Health clinic led by nurses opens April 6 in the heart of Minneapolis’ rapidly evolving Downtown East neighborhood.
Our 2,600-square-foot M Health Nurse Practitioner Clinic is the first nurse-led clinic in the University of Minnesota Health system, and one of only five nurse-led clinics in the region. The new primary care clinic positions highly trained nurses at the center of your care in an effort to reduce health care costs and alleviate a growing shortage of primary care providers in Minnesota. It will be staffed by two nurse practitioners, a pharmacist and three other staff members.
Recent legislation passed in Minnesota allows the most highly educated clinical nurses to practice independently from physicians. Nurse-led clinics could significantly improve people’s access to qualified care providers. That’s because nurse practitioners and other highly trained nurses are able to accommodate common health needs, like diabetes, women’s care and pediatric milestones, making room for more involved consultations at your local doctors’ offices. When a patient presents complex symptoms, the clinic’s nurses are able to refer that person to leading specialists within the University of Minnesota.
The clinic has five clinical exam rooms. Our providers are equipped to perform general wellness care for men, women and children; acute and short-term illness care for a variety of common conditions; minor injury exams and care; and chronic illness care for diabetes, nerve pain, hypertension/high blood pressure, among other issues.
The clinic is located 300 yards from the entrance of the new Vikings Stadium and one block north of the Downtown East train station served by the blue and green lines.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in health care. We are seeing growing numbers of nurses leading, delivering and coordinating care. They’re on the frontlines treating chronic conditions, diagnosing common problems and educating patients,” said Brooks Jackson, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School. “Our University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic is the latest example of how we’re evolving to this new care model.”
As with many of our care facilities, the clinic will also serve as a training center for an inter-professional team including clinical pharmacists, undergraduate nursing students and other primary care providers.
“When we look at the new stadium, the apartments and condominiums, and the employers moving into the Downtown East area, we see an opportunity to serve a vibrant, diverse and growing community,” said Connie White Delaney, dean of University of Minnesota School of Nursing. “This clinic—and the legislation that helped make it a reality—is paving the way for a healthier Minnesota.”
The clinic address is 814 S. 3rd St., Minneapolis, MN, 55415. For appointments starting April 6, call 612-888-9792.