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Convenient Care makes it easier to get healthcare in West Fargo

Convenient Care Clinic on southern Sheyenne Street is a nurse practitioner operated walk-in clinic with hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Visits are $40.

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WEST FARGO — There is a new option in West Fargo for those who battle the burden of having no or expensive healthcare.

Nurse practitioner Susan C. Nordquist recently opened Convenient Care Clinic on southern Sheyenne Street. There, she and another nurse practitioner operate walk-in clinic hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. There, patients can be seen for any acute condition that they would otherwise visit one of the larger healthcare system branches. But, nearly all visits to Convenient Care Clinic are charged as a flat, $40 fee.

Nordquist said she founded Convenient Care Clinic at 3306 Sheyenne St. #216, West Fargo, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to give residents an option for affordable healthcare.

"It's an acute care walk-in clinic and the idea behind it is that due to [COVID-19], so many people had lost their benefits and they were not going to the doctor," Nordquist said. "Or when they do go to their doctor, it's so expensive. We are just trying to meet the needs of the community and narrow the healthcare disparities that are out by giving people access to affordable care."

For the $40 cash or credit card fee, patients can visit the clinic for such things as influenza symptoms, ear infections, strep throat or even ingrown nails that need a clinic visit for removal.

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While the clinic does not have an X-ray machine, Nordquist said the clinic will help patients find lower cost X-ray options. The clinic also helps refer patients to other lower cost tests such as CT scans or lab needs.

"We can draw blood here and then we pass on savings we get from the lab so they aren't paying a large amount of money for lab work," Nordquist said.

The clinic also offers sports physicals, which are often needed for K-12 activities, for $30 along with Department of Transportation health exams for a fee of $50.

The clinic will soon accept insurance from those who have it available, although the costs of the office visits are often less than some insurance co-pays.

A second nurse practitioner at the clinic can also be seen for primary care.

Nordquist said the clinic isn't open to drive anyone away from the primary healthcare systems in the metro area, but to offer affordability and convenience.

"People should have choices," she said.

The clinic accepts walk-in visitors. Potential patients can also call the clinic at (701) 532-1731 for more information.

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