ST. JAMES, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James recently increased the availability of hours for walk-in patients in need of immediate, non-emergency services. Hours will now be available from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
In addition, Mikal Mikkelson, physician assistant, recently joined the team of providers at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. Mikkelson will begin seeing patients full time starting Feb. 15, where his primary focus will be providing walk-in care services.
“Patients wanting to be seen that same day will be able to walk in and see me for their care,” says Mikkelson. “Typically, any follow-up care is later handled by either a specialist or a primary care provider, dependent on the situation.”
Mikkelson was born in St. James and raised on a family farm near Hanska. Growing up, he credits his mother, a nurse, and his uncle, a physician, as early influences in his decision to enter the medical field. He also says an encounter with an athletic trainer, who assisted him with a football injury in high school, helped kick-start a path in sports medicine.
Mikkelson earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois. He also has a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
“I am honored to be a part of Mayo Clinic Health System and the tradition of providing exceptional care to patients,” says Mikkelson. “I grew up in a small-town environment, and coming home to serve in a community-based setting like St. James is a special opportunity.”
“We’re pleased to increase the availability of care hours we provide to people throughout our community,” says Jennifer Langbehn, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James medical director. “Having a provider like Mikal join our expanding team to offer walk-in care is important. It’s one example of how, every day, we strive to connect area patients to the expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic, right in our community.”
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.