UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is making its largest push thus far into patient care in Minnesota with up to 19 new urgent care centers planned by the end of 2017.
Operating under the brand name MedExpress, two of the urgent care centers are scheduled to open Friday in Eden Prairie and Plymouth.
Final tallies and precise locations for the other clinics could change over the next 15 months, company officials said. But the current plan calls for 12 urgent care centers in the Twin Cities and another seven beyond the metro.
The MedExpress growth plan looks like a substantial expansion for the state's overall supply.
Survey data from MN Community Measurement, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit group, indicates that 89 clinics in Minnesota this year are offering urgent care, which ranges from walk-in care to advanced services like minor surgery and treatment for broken bones.