A Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) and Essential Community Provider (ECP) serving all who are in need. Without Exception.

Axis has offered services at its main site near the corner of Nicollet & Franklin Avenues for more than ten years, in the heart of an astonishingly diverse neighborhood of mixed residence and business, ethnic shops and restaurants, cultural, religious, and community centers, and parks and recreation. Axis’s new additional service site on Lake Street lies adjacent to the Karmel Square and Karmel Market, the largest Somali commercial complex in Minnesota. A few blocks to the East lies thriving Hispanic residential and commercial centers, including the Mercado Central and Midtown Global Market. An additional advantage of the Lake Street facility is that it is adjoined to a Somali-owned pharmacy that serves 50% of our existing costumers’ pharmaceutical needs. Axis has established this site as an Urgent Care facility in collaboration with the pharmacy, with weekend and after-hours medical-pharmaceutical services.

The Minnesota Department of Health has designated AXIS as an Essential Community Provider (ECP), a status given to “health care providers that serve high-risk, special needs, and underserved individuals,” pursuant to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes §62Q.19 and Minnesota Rules Part 4688.


Universal Medical Services d/b/a Axis Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) operating under the authority of the Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. a cabinet-level department of the federal government with the goal of protecting the health of everyone.

As such, Axis is chartered and committed to serving Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) as defined by a wide range of obstacles to full health and wellness. As part of this commitment, Axis employs a generous fee scale, and never turns away a patient because of inability to pay.


The Health Care Homes (HCH) program is one of the centerpieces of Minnesota’s health reform initiative. Through their focus on redesign of care delivery and meaningful engagement of patients in their care, Health Care Homes is transforming care – and lives – for millions of Minnesotans.

The name “Health Care Homes” acknowledges a critical shift that needs to happen in order to truly improve health in Minnesota. This is a shift from a purely medical model of health care to a focus on linking primary care with wellness, prevention, self-management and community services.

in the lead

Axis Medical Center is the fastest growing Community Health Center in Minnesota because for eleven years we have been learning how to best provide culturally—and linguistically—appropriate services in a community that endures unique barriers to health and wellness, including recent immigration and low levels of insurance, employment, education, and English proficiency. Our team, our Board of Directors, and our partner organizations, all belong to the families and communities we serve.

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