The area’s most convenient urgent care clinic is becoming even more accessible.
Midwest Express Clinic is expanding this fall from eight to 12 locations in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, with its newest offices opening in Dyer and Merrillville. Doors at the Dyer office have already opened. Merrillville will be accepting patients this winter.
“We started out in Munster seven years ago with a tiny little office. That office has tripled in size and we’re opening our 11th and 12th offices,” Partner Sangeet Shah said. “People needed that affordable, accessible, quality option that just wasn’t out there. It was clear after the first year that there was a lot of demand out there. It almost felt like something we were meant to do because we’ve helped thousands and thousands of patients who otherwise maybe couldn’t have gotten into a primary care or couldn’t have afforded the emergency room.”
Midwest Express Clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week including holidays. The Dyer office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will expand hours later this fall. Check in online at midwestexpressclinic.com or walk right in.
“We live and work in the area. Our friends and families are here. We feel confident that we’re able to really dive into the Northwest Indiana community and recommend our company with ease,” Director of Clinical Operations Kaitlyn Steinberg said.
The Dyer and Merrillville offices bring the Region total up to six locations, at which patients can check in for an appointment at the kiosk when they arrive or online at midwestexpressclinic.com. Other offices are in Schererville, Crown Point, Hammond and Munster.
“Convenience, affordability and quality; that’s what we’re about,” Shah said. “People don’t want to wait for hours in the emergency room or spend thousands of dollars. They’d rather walk into a local, convenient urgent care. We feel like we can come into these new areas and really provide the services people are looking for.”
Midwest Express Clinic isn’t affiliated with a hospital or pharmacy. There’s no board telling the providers how to run the office. That gives MEC flexibility and keeps costs down. And that savings is passed on to patients. Office visits start at $100 out of pocket and MEC is in-network with almost every major insurance plan, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Midwest Express Clinic is looking into expanding even further into Northwest Indiana in the future.
“As a millennial myself, I couldn’t imagine waiting two weeks to get into a primary care office or spending thousands of dollars at the ER because I didn’t have health insurance,” Shah said. “I definitely didn’t think it would be this large this quickly. But I’m not surprised at the growth, either, because patients really love this kind of locally-operated, neighborhood feel, family-owned and independent operation.”