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



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.



612-823-AXIS (2943)

We speak English, Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Arabic, French, Amharic, Urdu, Turkish, and Kiswahili.

Immigration & Travel Services

The most affordable comprehensive immigration and travel services in the Twin Cities.


Clinic Hours

Monday 8am – 5:30pm
Tues – Thurs 8am – 7:00pm
Friday 8am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday Closed

After Hours & Emergencies


A receptionist is on duty. For emergencies, call 911 or check into a nearby emergency room.

The Axis Mission

Axis Medical Center provides health services to all individuals regardless of ability to pay. Dedicated to its responsibility as a foundational community service institution, Axis partners with area organizations to meet health care and wellness needs of underserved people, including immigrants, homeless, destitute, disabled, and uninsured. Axis educates and empowers people to achieve life-long agency and autonomy in their health and wellness.


Axis Nicollet Clinic

Axis Nicollet Clinic (612) 823-2943

Axis Lake Clinic

1 West Lake Street suite #195 next to Banadir Pharmacy (612) 767-1557


“People know and greet each other, and unlike other clinics where the administration is shut away from patients, the Axis CEO and CFO are always on the floor. They know all the patients and they take the time to talk with us.”

“When I come in and smell the cloves and cardamon pods of freshly-brewed Somali tea, I feel I’m at home!”

“People at Axis have a big heart. I see the clinic directors bringing in lunch for the staff, or giving patients a ride to diabetes classes. The clinic is a large, caring family.”


Call Now (612) 823-2947 to set up a long-term Healthcare Plan for you and your Family.