About Open Door Health Center

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About Open Door Health Center

Mankato appointment Line: 507.388.2120

Nurse's Line: Extension 5629

Fax Number: 507.388.3924

For other clinic addresses and directions, click here.

We are a 501(c)(3) designated, nonprofit, federally qualified community health center (FQHC)

ODHC has been serving the area since 1983. We started out as a volunteer-run clinic and today have over 120 staff members who provide medical, dental and behavioral health care to people from across southern Minnesota and neighboring states. To learn more about what community health centers do, click to watch this video.


The Open Door Difference

We take health care a step further by recognizing each patient as a whole person with unique needs. Our team-based approach offers coordinated care to anyone who might need additional assistance managing their health or connecting to resources in the community, such as specialty care, food resources, housing, legal services, and more.

We provide the following:

  • Quality and affordable care to our patients
  • Medical and dental preventative and comprehensive care
  • Behavioral health services (Mankato location only)
  • Coordinated care – incorporating seamless care between all departments as needed
  • Personal care – we recognize that visiting the doctor or dentist can be overwhelming – we take the time to learn more about you and help you with the best solutions for better health care
  • Enabling services to help patients – translation, patient services representatives to help with paperwork
  • Free assistance with health insurance enrollment through the MNsure marketplace. This service is available to anyone in the community, and not just our patients.
  • Medication Assistance – eligibility and paperwork

We do this weekdays during the day

We help all people – regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, income or any other factors

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center or Community Health Center – we are designated by the government to provide services to all people and receive funding, but also have strict regulations to operate by that are unique to FQHC’s

We are not a free clinic, or a poor people’s clinic – most people know someone who has come here.

Our Mission

Advancing access to quality, affordable, culturally appropriate health care through patient-centered, collaborative medical, dental and behavioral health services for all people across southern Minnesota

Our History

Since its beginning as a volunteer clinic in 1983, Open Door Health Center has striven to meet the health care needs of the community. Our friendly staff is dedicated to providing top quality and culturally sensitive health care.

Open Door Health Center is a non-profit organization that provides affordable health care on a sliding-fee scale to uninsured and under-insured people in southern Minnesota. We provide medical, dental, medication assistance, behavioral health services, community health services, as well as comprehensive lab services. Interpreter services are available for non-English speaking patients.

Open Door Health Center's clinic in Mankato primarily serves 12 counties in southern Minnesota comprising of Brown, Blue Earth, Faribault, Rice, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Steele, Waseca and Watonwan counties.

Open Door's Mobile Medical and Mobile Dental clinics rolled out in March 2012. We currently provide service in Austin and Garden City. The Austin services are open to anyone and will see patients from multiple counties surrounding the service locations. For more history, click here.

In 2016, Dr. Patel donated two dental clinics to the organization, one in Clarkfield and the other in Cottonwood. The Cottonwood location is undergoing renovations and a dentist is being sought to practice at this location prior to the clinic opening for services.

ODHC's dental practice in Jordan opened in September, 2017 and is serving patients Monday through Thursday.


Please feel free to print or share our brochures (click above).  If you would like brochures sent to your organization or more information on our programs, email our marketing department or click here and let us know the quantity needed and/or questions you may have. Please note that since 2016, all brochures are now bilingual Spanish/English.

What is a Community Health Center?

Our Governance

ODHC Annual Report

Form 990

Click here to read about ODHC in the Media

Our Capital Campaign

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