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Published June 29, 2012, 01:27 PM

Walk-in clinic in ND oil patch city closes

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Mercy Medical Center in the booming North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has closed its walk-in clinic, in part because of a lack of staffing.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Mercy Medical Center in the booming North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has closed its walk-in clinic, in part because of a lack of staffing.

Vice president Trina Bressler tells The Forum newspaper that the Express Care Clinic also closed because it wasn't able to accommodate after-hours patients due to the heavy volume of afternoon patients filling up all the evening appointment slots.

About 90 patients a week were using the clinic. Bressler says the medical center is developing a new model for its emergency department to help serve those patients.

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