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Sanford Health opens 'true' walk-in clinic

Dr. Mark Lindquist, center, is heading up the new walk-in clinic at Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes with the assistance of Erin Volden, NP, left, and Stacy Zimney, PA.

To better serve its patients' needs, Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes now has a true walk-in clinic.

In the past, whatever doctor was on-call that day also staffed the walk-in clinic. Now, Dr. Mark Lindquist is running the Sanford walk-in clinic, with support from Erin Volden, NP, and Stacy Zimney, PA.

"It would rotate every day," Director of Clinic Operations Breanna Adams said, "but we wanted to make it it's own department."

So after going through orientation last week, Lindquist was thrown into action this week and the only issue was learning a new computer system.

"Seeing the patients is the easy thing," he said.

Lindquist has more than 25 years of experience as an emergency room physician, and Adams said that experience will bode well for the walk-in clinic and the cases Lindquist will see.

Patients cannot schedule appointments with Lindquist; he handles patients as they walk through the doors.

Though not an emergency or urgent care department, walk-ins clinics provide care when the situation isn't an emergency and a patient's primary doctor isn't available that day. No appointment is needed for the walk-in clinic.

"The primary function of a walk-in clinic is to provide ease of access and to (provide) an alternative option instead of going to the ER," Adams said.

The walk-in clinic provides care for people of all ages and for a wide scope of illnesses.

"The ability to provide continuity of healthcare is an important goal of our walk-in clinic," she said.

Hours for the walk-in clinic are essentially clinic hours, which are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.