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Thanksgiving Office Hours

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you have an enjoyable weekend with friends and family. Here are the office hours for our various locations for this weekend Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th:

Mission Office: closed Thursday and Friday with normal hours resuming on Monday

Mission Urgent Care: closed Thursday; Friday 10am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday normal hours

Antioch Hills Office: closing early at noon on Wednesday; closed Thursday and Friday with the office opening Monday at 9am

Heartland Primary Care Office: closed Thursday and Friday

Heartland Primary Care Urgent Care: closed Thursday; Friday 10am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday normal hours

Labor Day Hours

All offices will be closed for regular business on Monday, September 7th and reopen on Tuesday, September 8th.

Urgent care hours will be normal for Saturday, September 5th and Sunday September 6th.

The Lenexa and KCK Urgent Care clinics will be open for acute visits only on Monday, September 7th. Mission Urgent Care will be closed Monday.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Fourth of July Office and Urgent Care Hours

Happy Fourth of July!

All offices will be closed on Friday July, 3rd. Below are the hours for the Urgent Care locations if you have an acute illness or minor injury. Note that the Antioch Hills location will close early Thursday at 3pm. All offices and Urgent Care locations will resume normal hours on Monday, July 6th. Have a safe weekend.

Heartland Urgent Care, KCK:

  • Friday 10am-2pm
  • Saturday 9am-2pm
  • Sunday 10am-2pm

Heartland Urgent Care, Lenexa:

  • Friday 10am-2pm
  • Saturday 9am-2pm
  • Sunday closed

Sunflower Medical Group Urgent Care, Mission:

  • Friday 10am-2pm
  • Saturday closed
  • Sunday 10am-2pm

 

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.

Have you heard about the new Pneumonia Vaccine?

Prevnar 13 has been given to kids for over a decade and has worked great for prevention of disease from common pneumonia bacteria.  It is now indicated for everyone over 65 years old.  If you have already had your Pneumovax, have no fear!  You can have the Prevnar 13 six-twelve months after the Pneumovax. The CDC wants everyone to have both kinds of pneumonia vaccine.   Adults over age 50 with immune system lowering diseases or lung disease are also eligible.  Pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital so please,  come on in for your New pneumonia vaccine Prevnar 13!  Take care and happy spring!

And the Winner for the Most Popular Question of 2014 is…

If I had to give an award for the “Most Popular” question of 2014, the winner would be:

“How often do I really need to have a pap smear?”

It’s not a surprise, really. The recommendations have changed several times over the years and despite the minor changes most of us have just resigned ourselves to the notion that we will be needing to visit our friendly neighborhood GYN until the end of time, give or take a day or two. From the time we reached puberty, we’ve been told by our mothers, our older sisters, our aunts, and our doctors to have those yearly paps. Nothing new, right?

Wrong!

There are some new recommendations and they apply to all age groups!
Women should have their first pap smear at age 21 (unless they have already been screened and have had an abnormal- sorry!) This is irrespective of whether or not the woman has had sex. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN IN THE PAST! So, if you are 18 and your mother is trying to drag you into the doctor to have a pap just because she had to have one at age 18- you don’t have to go! Now, if you need to see the GYN for infection testing or birth control or period woes, come on in to the Women’s Clinic in Kansas City, KS. I’m still not going to torture you with a pap. (let me hear that big sigh of relief!)

When should you get a pap?

  • Women in their 20s should have a pap every year or two (we are assuming here, that your first pap was normal…)
  • Ladies 30 and over: If you’ve had at least 3 normal pap smears in a row, we are going to recommend the pap smear every 2-3 years. This doesn’t mean you can skip out on your annual GYN visit- you still need an annual breast exam and pelvic exam- we just don’t have to do the pap.
  • Women over 65 and women who do not have a cervix may not need a pap smear at all, but should check with their doctor regarding their individual recommendations.

So, with the new recommendations, it looks like your next visit to the GYN may be a lot less uncomfortable. It also may mean that we will be finding ways to repurpose those “duck bill” speculums. Wind chimes maybe?

Dr. Lisa Lorenzetti

Women’s Clinic

How to Prevent Colds and the Flu

Cold and Flu season has kicked into high gear! As a physician, I am surrounded by illness on a daily basis. This weekend, at our Lenexa Urgent care, we diagnosed 5 cases of Influenza A.

Despite coming in constant contact with these acute illnesses, I, as well as most physicians, manage to stay healthy. It’s amazing isn’t it!? Have you ever wondered how? Well, if so, I am going to give you some wonderful pearls of advice to help you do the same.

Wash Your Hands…A Lot!

We cannot control the actions of others, only ourselves. People cough into their hands, then grab doors handles, or read menus. These things are not cleaned or sanitized on a regular basis, if ever (eww).

Therefore, when you are out and about shopping, dining, or other forms of entertainment, think before you eat. Or touch your mouth. It’s simple. Do not take a bite of food without washing your hands first.

I wash my hands after every patient, then again before the next one. This leads to hand-washing up to 60 times a day! Sometimes, I don’t want to do it. My hands are dry, cracked, and painful, but it’s worth it!

Sneezing and Coughing

Also, you can NOT be that person coughing into your hands and spreading disease. Please, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your shoulder/arm. Please.

Take Action at the First Sign

Lastly, when you begin to feel that tickle in your throat, or increased mucus production, or that first cough. Go to the pharmacy and treat yourself with over the counter medications ASAP.

If you are unsure what to purchase, call your Primary Care Physician, they can lead you in the right direction. Treating symptoms early and regularly can help you shorten the course of any upper respiratory infection, and decrease the amount of coughing and spreading of disease.

Symptoms to Check For

Generally, you can choose medications based off of symptoms (this is not a complete and comprehensive list):

  • Chest and sinus congestion, increased mucus, snot: guaifenesin, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine
  • Cough: dextromethorphan
  • Runny eyes, Itchy ears, throat tickle: Anti-histamines! Doxylamine, loratidine, diphenhydramine.

If you are pregnant or have high blood pressure, these may not be the right options for you, so PLEASE call your Primary Care Provider before taking any Over the Counter medications!! A decent, reliable, internet site for these medications is:
http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cough-syrup-cough-medicine

The current “common cold” going around is lasting up to 3 weeks without treatment! So wash your hands. And treat your symptoms.

When to See a Doctor

Of course, you can always schedule an appointment, and should if you have a fever greater then 100.4, decreased urine output, shortness of breath, or concerns for the flu.

Together, we can decrease the incidence of cold and flu. Stay healthy!

New Year’s Hours

Here are this week’s office hours for each location:

New Year’s Eve 12/31/14:

  • Mission- office closing at noon; no Urgent Care
  • Antioch- office closing at noon
  • Heartland- office closing at noon; Urgent Care closing at 2pm

New Year’s Day 1/1/15:

  • all offices and urgent care clinics closed

Day after New Year’s 1/2/15:

  • Mission- regular office and urgent care hours
  • Antioch- office closing at 2pm
  • Heartland- regular office and urgent care hours

Happy New Year!

Christmas Hours

Merry Christmas to all! Here are the hours for this week:

Christmas Eve 12/24/14:

  • Sunflower Mission and Antioch offices closing at noon
  • Heartland Primary Care Lenexa and KCK offices closing at noon
  • Heartland Primary Care Urgent Care closing at 2pm
  • Mission evening urgent care closed

Christmas Day 12/25/14:

  • All offices closed
  • All urgent care centers closed

Day after Christmas 12/26/14:

  • Sunflower Mission office reduced hours 10-2pm with evening Urgent Care 5-8pm
  • Heartland Primary Care Office and Urgent care regular business hours
  • Sunflower Antioch office reduce hours 9-2pm