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Dr. John E. Oxler Jr, MD Receives 2015 Best of Shawnee Mission Award!

John Oxler, M.D. best of shawnee mission award 2015On April 24, 2015 Dr. John E. Oxler MD received the 2015 Best of Shawnee Mission Award in the Emergency Medicine category by the Shawnee Mission Award Program.

The Best of Shawnee Mission Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of select local Shawnee Mission area businesses. These companies and individuals have shown the ability to use best practices and implement programs to generate competitive advantages with long-term value.

Dr. O’Laughlin – a Doctor Whose Bedside Manner Inspires Hope and Healing

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Dr. Erin O’Laughlin

We love all of our excellent doctors at Sunflower Medical Group and each brings his or her own expertise and knowledge with them every day to work. But, occasionally, we get a glowing review for a specific doctor and we’d like to share one of those with you in this blog post. Dr. Erin O’Laughlin recently received the review below.

This particular patient suffered an Achilles rupture while performing physical therapy to correct a degenerative disc condition in the lumbar spine. After seeing many doctors who helped him physically, the patient was impressed with how Dr. O’Laughlin made him feel emotionally as well.

Hello! Today I met with Dr. O’Laughlin. The chronic issue in my spine has been a nightmare of doctor visits and I just have to say that she is absolutely the most compassionate, intelligent and attentive practitioners I have been seen by.” The patient continued. “I had become very discouraged on my road to recovery as I felt I had taken a big step backwards in healing. After meeting with her today, I feel like, under her care, I have the will and the much needed support I need to overcome both issues.”

We are very happy when our doctors are able to provide much needed care and make a noticeable difference in a patient’s recovery. We also like to share these glowing reviews with you and give our doctors the recognition they deserve for a job well done. Thanks, Dr. O’Laughlin, for your medical skills and your people skills. Both are very valued here at Sunflower Medical Group.

Dr. Erin O’Laughlin practices the full scope of Family Medicine at our Sunflower Medical Group Mission location. She is available to take new patients, newborn to the elderly, and has specific skills in women’s health. If you would like to make an appointment at our Mission location, call 913-432-2080.

Does Your Child Need Back to School Vaccinations?

School is back in session and that means your child’s exposure to germs and diseases is back as well. What is the best preventative measure that you can take to decrease your child’s risk? The physicians at Sunflower Medical Group suggest beginning the school year with back to school vaccinations.

School-Age Children Need Vaccines 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “School-age children, from preschoolers to college students need vaccines.” There are many diseases out there, such as measles and whooping cough that can severely affect your child if they are not vaccinated. When your child is vaccinated, it eliminates the severity of an illness and helps protect schools and communities from outbreaks.

Most Important Thing Parents Can Do: Full Vaccinations

One of the best things that a parent can do for their child is to ensure they receive all of their vaccinations and that they do so on time. Doing this will positively affect your child’s long-term health. Additionally, this will positively affect the health of your child’s classmates, friends, and more.

It Is Not Too Late to Get up to Date 

As we previously mentioned, staying on track with vaccinations is extremely valuable when it comes to your child’s health, but if you have missed a few it is not too late to catch up. The pediatric doctors at Sunflower Medical Group are experienced and can provide recommendations for getting your child back on schedule.

If you are interested in vaccinations for your child, give the experts at Sunflower Medical Group a call today. See the contact information for the location nearest you on the home page of our website.

Why Should You Use Urgent Care?

At Sunflower Medical Group, we have three urgent care locations throughout the Kansas City metro area. We have a Kansas City, KS urgent care, a Lenexa area urgent care, and a Mission, KS urgent care. We often get questions from patients asking us why they should choose an urgent care as opposed to a family doctor or emergency room. Let us break down the answers for you.

We Are Available Seven Days a Week & Late Hours 

Most family doctors have set schedules and hours throughout the week that are not always conducive to most illnesses and injuries. We recommend visiting an urgent care physician if you are experiencing a non-life threatening illness or injury, such as pneumonia or a mild fracture, outside of your family doctor’s work hours. Our Sunflower Medical Group urgent care locations are available for patients Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

We Can Treat Non-Life Threatening Illnesses & Injuries 

Our urgent care physicians have similar training to that of most emergency room medics and are trained to handle situations where family doctors are not available or equipped. They can treat the majority of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries, ranging from pneumonia and earaches to rashes and influenza.

You Do Not Need an Appointment 

Urgent care clinics are similar to emergency rooms because patients do not need an appointment to see a physician. However, where they differ is price and wait time. Generally, urgent care clinics are less expensive than emergency rooms and the wait time to see a medical expert is shorter.

Learn more about Sunflower Medical Group’s urgent care clinics throughout the Kansas City area.


We’ve Got a New Neighbor! DFP Orthopaedic Surgery Opens Satellite Office in Heartland Primary Care Medical Building

Welcome Sign DFP Orthopaedic Our Heartland Primary Care office announces the arrival of a new neighbor – DFP Orthopaedics. Drisko, Fee & Parkins Orthopaedic Surgery has opened a satellite office in our Heartland Primary Care Medical Building. So now, not only can you get great medical care for your primary care and urgent care needs but you will also find orthopaedic care at the same location – 2040 Hutton Road near the Legends shopping area.

No Bones About It – We’re Happy to Have DFP as a Neighbor

After noticing a lack of orthopaedic offices and doctors in the Wyandotte, KS area, DFP Orthopaedic Surgery began looking for a location where they could set up a satellite office. The physicians of Heartland Primary Care welcomed the opportunity to provide easy and convenient access to orthopaedic care for their patients and surrounding community by providing available space in their facility for the DFP Orthopaedic physicians.

Primary Care, Urgent Care & Orthopaedics in the Wyandotte Area

Through this new location, DFP Orthopaedics can better serve their patients in Kansas City, Kansas and nearby areas including Basehor, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Lansing, Leavenworth, and Tonganoxie. We know our patients in these areas really appreciate the convenience (especially our urgent care center) and we hope you will benefit from knowing about our new orthopaedic neighbor as well!

Stop in and Feel Better…Right Down to Your Bones

The Heartland Primary Care office, and new DFP satellite office in the Heartland Primary Care Medical Building, are easy to find just off of I-435 and Parallel Parkway on Hutton Road. Come by and see us! To schedule your next appointment, call 816-561-3003 for DFP Orthopaedics or 913-299-3700 for Heartland Primary Care.

Sunflower Medical Group Sponsors 5K Midwest Balloon Fest Run

balloon 5k race sponsor sunflower medical groupSunflower Medical Group is proud to be a sponsor for the US Bank Great Midwest Balloon Race. We are sponsoring the 5K Race with the Balloons, the only race in the metro with hot air balloons flying in the skies over the runners.

The race will take place Saturday, August 9 at the Legends Outlets. The route will take participants from the Legends to the balloon field and back. Registration includes a one day pass ($15 value) to the balloon festival, a commemorative shirt, chip timing, live results, a great course, and hot air balloons overhead! Come out and race or just cheer on your friends and family and stay for an incredible eye dazzling show in the sky. The entry fee for the 5K Race with the Balloons is:

  • $25 through June 26
  • $30 June 27 to August 3rd
  • $35 August 4th to Race Day

Come take part in the most fun and colorful race in Kansas City. It’s a great way to get out and have fun and stay healthy. Plus, you’ll help to support a great charity – Kansas City Hospice. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services for people of all ages and at any stage of serious illness. By providing both hospice and palliative care, they are able to assist patients and their loved ones at any time following a serious diagnosis. Kansas City Hospice is the designated charity for the event.

Here are some of the details you’ll need to participate!

Register at Click on 5K Race with the Balloons

Packet Pickup

  • Time – Friday, August 8th, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM or race morning, 6:00 AM to 6:45 AM
  • Location – Legends at Village West Marketplace (near Yardhouse restaurant and Coach shop)
  • Route – Click here for map.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 AM – Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration
  • 7:00 AM – 5K Run/Walk Starts
  • 8:00 AM – Kids Fun Run Starts
  • 8:15 AM – Awards Ceremony

The Balloon Festival lasts from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday but also runs on Friday and Sunday.

Heartland Primary Care Opens New Medical Office in Lenexa

College Blvd. & Prairie Star Locations Merge at New Location

Sunflower Medical is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Lenexa. Our new Heartland Primary Care location, at 9300 Meadow View Dr., will feature an Urgent Care Location for Lenexa Prairie Star for Heartland Primary Careclinic as well.  This makes our third Urgent Care clinic location including our Kansas City location on Hutton Road and our Sunflower Medical location in Mission on 58th Street.

We recently consolidated our Overland Park location with our new Lenexa location. The Overland Park location on College Blvd. is now closed and the doctors from that location are now at the new Heartland Primary Care building. The new location features four doctors:

Lenexa Location Features New Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic: NOW OPEN

The best news of all for area families may be that the new Heartland Primary Care location offers an Urgent Care Clinic. At our Urgent Care Clinic, there’s no appointment necessary and we offer later hours. Our doctors and nurse practitioners are ready and waiting. It’s ideal when your only other option is the emergency room. We realize that no one ever plans to sprain an ankle, cut themselves or get a concussion. But it happens. And it usually seems to happen after regular doctor’s office hours. We can stitch up wounds, take an x-ray, run a quick lab test and more. Just walk right in and a doctor will see you. We take most insurance plans and we have evening and weekend hours when you need us the most. We’re now open weekdays 8am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-2pm and closed Sundays. We plan to extend hours in the near future as demand increases.

Lobby of New Health Care Building in Lenexa for Family Health located near Praire Star Parkway


  • All ages welcome!
  • Accept most insurance plans
  • Minor stitches, x-rays, and lab work
  • A board-certified physician always availableWaiting Room for Heartland Primary Care in Lenexa, KS near Prairie Star Pkwy.




So if you live in the Lenexa area, spread the word about Sunflower Medical’s new Heartland Primary Care location including an Urgent Care Clinic. We are here to serve you, so call us for a regular appointment or stop by our Urgent Care Clinic with no appointment necessary. We hope we don’t see you there, but if you need us, we stand ready.