Chain of Easy-Access, Low-Cost Health Care Facilities Joins in Partnership with Saints Medical Group

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A few years ago, Fred Minter, a 35-year veteran of commercial real estate, decided to change the way he did things.

After making some investments in hospitals and clinics, he took a different avenue, thanks to the daughter of a friend.

"She came to my office one day a few years ago and asked me to go to the MinuteClinic Web site," Minter said. "I did, and I was fascinated. It was the first time I'd heard of it. Three years ago I looked into it and went to Minnesota, where I went to a half-dozen of their clinics. What appealed to me was the simplicity of it."

It's all about easy-access, low-cost health care, and Minter and his American Capital Group made the move to start a similar chain of walk-in retail health clinics. In two years, Minter's enterprise has grown to 22 Quick Clinic and Quick Access health care sites in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Nebraska.

And now, Minter is going into partnership with Saints Medical Group in the Oklahoma outlets. Saints is a subsidiary of Healthfirst, which is part of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma. The clinics in the Oklahoma City metro area will have the Quick Clinic and Saints brand. Minter also is in negotiations with Triad, which on Monday was acquired by Community Health Services, for similar brands on clinics in other states.

Stacy Coleman, executive director of strategic planning for SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, said the affiliation will help SSM patients.

"It will allow them after-hours and weekend access to health care in the system," she said. "We are pleased to have an organization such as Quick Clinic as a partner."

The initial affiliation isn't a financial endeavor for SSM. The benefits will come from referrals.

Minter said he expects his line of clinics to grow to 40 by the end of the year. The Oklahoma roster of clinics will grow to 12.

Currently there are six - four in the Oklahoma City metro area and two in Tulsa. Clinics are at 8028 N. May in Oklahoma City, 2733 S. I-35 Service Rd. in Moore, 1928 S. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City and 331 S. Cemetery Rd. in Yukon, plus 4785 E. 91st St. and 3807 S. Peoria in Tulsa.

"This is primary health care delivered at the retail level for pure convenience and cost savings," Minter said. …