MANSFIELD -- The owner of a Mount Vernon walk-in clinic recently opened another in downtown Mansfield to fill what she sees as a void in affordable, walkable care.
Mount Vernon resident Simona Moore opened the Mansfield Walk-In Clinic in early June inside the Hursh Pharamacy, a downtown staple at 90 N. Diamond Street since 1895.
Her Mount Vernon clinic is set up similarly. It’s located inside Foster’s Pharmacy on West High Street.
“Basically, it’s a business within a business. They (patients) can go anywhere they want to have their prescriptions filled, but if they want to use Hursh, it’s convenient,” Moore said.
The walk-in clinic is meant to treat common and acute medical conditions, to offer physicals, to refill medications or for other acute care needs. On staff is one nurse practitioner, Dan Hellinger, and a handful of medical assistants.
The Walk-In Clinic accepts all major insurance providers, medicare, medicaid and offers self-pay options, too. The cost is the same as a doctor’s appointment instead of an urgent care visit, Moore added.
“We’re proving that nurse practitioners in and of themselves are giving excellent, cost-effective care. We’ve already proved that in Mount Vernon,” Moore said.
When realizing a possible need in nearby Mansfield, she decided to open another location.
“We saw that there was no walk in clinic -- no cost-effective care is how I view it -- and you’ve got a lot of working poor, a lot of people who are just trying to make ends meet, and they might be thinking, well, I can’t afford to take my child to the ER, or I can’t afford to take my husband to the urgent care,” Moore said.
The walk-in clinic in Mount Vernon was established in May 2011 by someone else, and purchased later by Moore. She recalls seeing the clinic expand quickly and believes the same is likely for the Mansfield location.
“I’m excited, we come up to Mansfield with the grandkids to go to Little Buckeye (Children’s Museum) and coffee shop, and it’s a beautiful town,” Moore said. “I really feel like Mansfield is at the beginning of its revitalization stage, so with that, you’ll get people moving downtown and walking around.”
The Mansfield Walk-In Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. It is not appointment based. Patients are served on a first-come, first-served rule.
To make an appointment call 419-709-8400 to it or find the clinic on Facebook and Google at Walk In Clinic Mansfield.