OMC is going downtown, upstairs with new walk-in clinic

To better serve University of Minnesota Rochesterstudents as well as the general public, Olmsted Medical Centeris taking its latest walk-in clinic downtown as well as upstairs.

The plan is to launch the Olmsted Medical Center Skyway Clinicin the 318 Commons housing and education building in downtown Rochester by the end of this summer, says OMC spokesman Jeremy Salucka. It will be located on the skyway level.

This new convenience clinic will give a permanent home to OMC's student care services for UMR, which began as two-day-a-week clinic at the downtown campus in 2010.

The location brings the health care right to where the students live. Seventy apartments in 318 Commons are filled with UMR students. The building also houses UMR classrooms, faculty offices and student lounges.

Plans are still being finalized, but the new clinic could have as many as four exam rooms plus a reception/waiting area.


Salucka describes this new project as very similar to OMC's popular walk-in FastCareclinics in Rochester. That means non-emergency, non-urgent care, such as strep tests.

It will also be open to the general public.

Biz buzz

Unfortunately, business action in the Med City is not always just about openings.

Best Buy in south Rochester closed its doors for good on Saturday.

This closure of the store in Shoppes on Maine development was announced in April as part of a companywide reorganization to help strengthen the struggling electronics retailer.

Best Buy continues to operate its store in northwest Rochester as well as a mobile-phone store at Apache Mall.

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