Brenda McSherry, FNP, nurse practitioner, examines Laurie Thomas of Columbia during a visit to the Mizzou Quick Care clinic at the Hy-Vee grocery store at 3100 W. Broadway.
Groceries? Deli? Convenient Care?
Mizzou Quick Care clinics meet needs of patients
It often seems to be a rule of thumb: an illness rarely, if ever, happens during office hours. As part of its commitment to advance the health of all Missourians, University of Missouri Health Care has expanded access to primary care by opening Mizzou Quick Care clinics inside all three Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores.
“We are striving to provide quick access for simple primary care services that would otherwise require an appointment with a primary care physician,” said Steven Zweig, MD, chair of the Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family Medicine. “Anyone can come to these clinics, whether or not they have a doctor with University of Missouri Health Care.”
Mizzou Quick Care clinics offer convenient locations with hours designed to help meet your needs before and after work or school and on weekends. The walk-in clinics are open seven days a week. On Monday through Friday, the clinics are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these times, Mizzou Quick Care Clinics are staffed by experienced health care professionals, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. These providers work directly with faculty members with the MU School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine to provide high quality and standardized care. And Mizzou Quick Care clinics are not isolated from the rest of your medical care needs — they are an important part of the MU academic medical center.
For patients who already see one of MU Health Care’s many primary care physicians in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics, their visit is updated in MU Health Care’s advanced electronic medical record. This allows patients to go back to their primary care physicians with all their latest information already available. For those who do not have a primary care physician but need follow-up care or want to establish care with one, the staff at Mizzou Quick Care will find patients a primary care physician and schedule an appointment.
Michael LeFevre, MD, vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Future of Family Medicine professor, addresses the crowd at the opening of the Mizzou Quick Care clinic at 405 E. Nifong Blvd. on Sept. 11, 2014.
“You will always be better served when the provider you are seeing knows what has happened with other providers,” said Michael LeFevre, MD, vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Future of Family Medicine professor. “MU Health Care is proud to be a national leader in the use of advanced information technology. For patients, that means the medical record in the Mizzou Quick Care clinics is integrated into our overall electronic record. When you are seen here, the providers can access your records from any MU Health Care visit, and when you are seen anywhere within our health care system, information from your Quick Care visit will be available to your provider.”
The clinics will treat patients 2 years and older with upper respiratory symptoms like sore throat, cough, allergies or pink eye, urinary symptoms, skin rashes and minor injuries. With a focus on patient-centered care, Mizzou Quick Care clinics also offer employment screenings, physicals for daycare workers and sports, and limited adult immunizations.
“The mission is to provide convenient access to medical care for routine illnesses and conditions and be able to connect the patients to any care needed in the future,” said Susan Pereira, MD, Mizzou Quick Care medical director and associate professor Department of Family and Community Medicine.
As a company that shares MU Health Care’s mission of helping people meet their health and wellness goals, Hy-Vee is an ideal partner for the walk-in clinics.
“We are proud to be partnering with Hy-Vee grocery stores in Columbia to offer these walk-in medical clinics,” said Mitch Wasden, EdD, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. “Hy-Vee is an excellent company, and we are honored to join with them to offer our community another convenient, affordable and time-saving option for health care. Our mission as an academic medical center is to advance the health of all Missourians. We are fortunate to have partners like Hy-Vee who share our vision of a healthy community.”
The hours are set up with the patient in mind, making services available when they need and want them. But the convenience doesn’t stop with accessible locations and clinic hours. Patients also can visit www.mizzouquickcare.com to reserve a spot online or check the wait times for each of the three clinics.
“As primary care providers, my colleagues and I 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.”