Mizzou Quick Care Clinics Offer Walk-In Medical Services Inside Columbia Hy-Vee Stores
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Patients who wish to see a health care provider immediately with no appointment can now do so at all three Mizzou Quick Care clinics located in all Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores.
Operated by University of Missouri Health Care, the clinics at 25 Conley Road and 405 E. Nifong Blvd. opened this week. The third clinic at 3100 W. Broadway will open later in September.
“This is quality primary care that is convenient and affordable,” said Mitch Wasden, Ed.D., chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. “It is an easy-access option for anyone who can’t get in to see his or her regular doctor and doesn’t need to be treated in the emergency room.”
The walk-in medical clinics are located just inside the doors of each of Columbia’s Hy-Vee stores.
The clinics are open to everyone two years and older who might need treatment for routine illnesses or common conditions, including sore throat or cough, urinary symptoms, skin rashes and minor injuries. The clinics will also offer employment screening physicals, sports physicals, pregnancy tests and limited adult immunizations.
Mizzou Quick Care clinics hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, giving patients the opportunity to be seen before or after regular school or work hours.
For those who do not have a primary care physician but need follow-up care or who would like to establish care with one, Mizzou Quick Care clinic staff will assist in finding patients a primary care physician and scheduling an appointment.
“For patients, another huge advantage of Mizzou Quick Care clinics is the connectivity to the resources of the entire University of Missouri Health System, including more than 500 physician specialists and subspecialists,” said Steven Zweig, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the MU School of Medicine.
The Mizzou Quick Care clinics are linked to all MU Health Care providers through the health system’s advanced electronic health record, which gives caregivers immediate access to a patient’s up-to-date medical information.
“As primary care providers, I and my colleagues know that good access to primary care can help us live longer, feel better and avoid disability and long absences from work,” Zweig said. “By focusing on patient-centered care, we are improving access when health care is needed, making services available not just when we are available but when the patient needs and wants them.”
Susan Pereira, M.D., serves as medical director for Mizzou Quick Care clinics. Pereira is a family medicine physician at MU Health Care as well as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the MU School of Medicine.
Patients who want to schedule ahead will be able to reserve a spot online at http://www.muhealth.org/quickcare/.