When Care Must Be Quick

Bridget Hamtil-Miller is efficient. As a mother of 12 children ranging from 15 to 3 months old, she has to be. Minutes are precious, and so is her brood. That’s why she says that she frequents, regularly frequents, Menorah Urgent Care, an off-site service of Menorah Medical Center, with the entire family.

“We are there often, possibly once a month, with something,” says Hamtil-Miller. “It’s in and out. I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes.”

The walk-in care with little wait time isn’t the only impressive thing for Hamtil-Miller at Menorah Urgent Care. She’s a fan of the family-like atmosphere with familiar physicians on staff that she sees time and time again.
“Urgent care isn’t the same care as the ER where you feel like you’re being processed,” says Hamtil-Miller. “They seem like they really care and want me and the kids to do well.”

Hamtil-Miller discovered Menorah Urgent Care for herself after feeling down during a recurrent run to Target. She popped into the clinic and met with its medical director, Theodore Felts, MD. She calls Dr. Felts a “wise sage” who knows a lot about everything without being pretentious. As a mom, Hamtil-Miller finds his insight invaluable. He’s met with her and a number of her kids since.

Felts has been a part of Menorah Urgent Care since it opened in February 2011. Since then, he’s seen “anybody who comes in the door.” He believes that urgent care clinics provide a great resource for patients with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. He also says that the clinics play an important role in keeping clogs out of emergency rooms, and in keeping primary care physicians focused on continuing care.

Whether it’s respiratory illness, influenza, seasonal allergies or a sports-related injury, Felts says that most urgent care clinics are able to assess a patient’s need for care and provide relief or referral advice.

According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), there are more than 8,500 urgent care centers in the United States. Most of them are able to tackle patient problems that are not life-threatening, but they are not equipped to deal with trauma, such as in the emergency room. Urgent care clinics provide patients with an option other than their primary care doctor and also leave emergency rooms open for more dire patient needs. Most tout longer hours, less wait time, fewer costs and a direct line to a physician or nurse practitioner on staff.

The UCAOA also states that the number of urgent care centers is on the rise. Felts says that the popularity of urgent care is catching on in Kansas City due to efficient and effective delivery of care. Several urgent care clinics have recently opened or expanded in the area.

Here is a list of urgent care clinics for your next need-to-be-seen-now scenario during the season of “sick.” You may just run into Hamtil-Miller on your way in.

Children’s Mercy Urgent Care Centers
Children’s Mercy Northland Urgent Care
501 NW Barry Rd.
Kansas City, Mo.
(816) 413-2500

Children’s Mercy College Boulevard Urgent Care
5520 College Blvd., Suite 130
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 696-5850

Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Urgent Care Center at Children’s Mercy East
20300 East Valley View Pkwy.
Independence, Mo.
(816) 478-5200
Daily: noon – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics’ Division of Emergency and Urgent Care has two pediatric emergency departments and three pediatric urgent care centers to attend to sick and injured children and teens in the area. In 2011, the Children’s Mercy team provided acute care for more than 145,000 patients. The staff at the Emergency and Urgent Care clinics includes 26 board-certified or board-eligible pediatric emergency medicine physicians, 30 board-certified general pediatricians, three emergency medicine-trained physicians, nine pediatric emergency medicine fellows and 35 advanced practice nurses.


Menorah Urgent Care
7935 W. 151st St.
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 814-3788
M-F: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., S-Su: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Menorah Urgent Care is supported by Menorah Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System — Kansas City’s largest healthcare network — and the cooperative pairing provides patients with high-quality, immediate care when they walk in the door. No appointment is needed at the clinic that is staffed by an on-duty physician and his or her team. Menorah Urgent Care often treats sports-related injuries and is also available to offer sports and school physicals without an appointment.


Shawnee Mission Urgent Care
9040 Quivira Rd.
Lenexa, Kan.
(913) 888-1151
Daily: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Patients can walk into Shawnee Mission Urgent Care seven days a week without an appointment to meet with a team of board-certified physicians, registered nurses and radiology technicians. The clinic is able to meet the needs of patients with many illnesses and injuries including lacerations and minor fractures. Shawnee Mission Urgent Care provides on-site lab and X-ray facilities. The clinic was the first in the area to receive the Certified Urgent Care designation from UCAOA.

Children's Mercy Urgent Care Centers Menorah Urgent Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care

Pediatric Partners P.A./Urgent Care
7301 W. 133rd St., Suite 102
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 888-4567
M-Th: 8 a.m. – Noon, 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.;
Fri: 8 a.m. – Noon, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat: 8 a.m. – Noon

Pediatric Partners is a child-friendly facility that touts its money-saving appointments that only require office co-pays for families on the go. Its urgent care service offers patients walk-in appointments for the typical fevers, earaches and sore throats, along with minor concussions and fractures. Pediatric Partners Urgent Care is staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who coordinate with other office staff to provide comprehensive pediatric care. If you need a sports physical or well-child check, an appointment is required.


Emergent Care Plus
Overland Park Clinic
4800 W 135th St., Suite 190 

Leawood, Kan.
(913) 428-8000

Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lee’s Summit Clinic
2741 Northeast McBaine Dr.
Lee’s Summit, Mo. 

(816) 554-2600
M-Th: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri – Su: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Emergent Care Plus, along with several other urgent care clinics, can provide many vaccinations without an appointment. In addition, the clinic provides lab testing and appointments with board-certified physicians daily. They promise to keep tabs on patients with local hospitals and physicians to keep care flowing in a full circle. The clinic also provides radiological imaging and rehabilitation therapies as needed.


Leawood Family Care/Priority Care
11301 Ash St.
Leawood, Kan.
(913) 338-4415
M-Fri: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun: Noon – 4 p.m.

Leawood Family Care offers a Priority Care clinic that displays an approximate wait time for patients on its website. The clinic accepts a number of insurance plans and stocks familiar medicines on-site that are available for patient purchase, eliminating some inconvenient trips to the pharmacy. The clinic treats non-life-threatening illnesses of the ear, nose and threat as well as the gastrointestinal system. Patients with illnesses that are severe or need further assessment will be routed to the nearest emergency room.

Pediatric Partners Urgent Care Emergent Care Plus Leawood Family Care/Priority Care

After-Hours Pediatrics, LLC
14300 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 825-4700
M-Fri: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
S-Su: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At After-Hours Pediatrics, tiny patients are met with a colorful waiting room and a lack of white coats when they walk through the door. The child-friendly clinic offers convenient hours when some primary care doctors’ offices are closed. Reports are directly sent to a patient’s pediatrician after each visit. The clinic promises to be a “one-stop shop” for patients who may require over-the-counter medications or some prescriptions. Board-certified physicians examine patients upon arrival, and a patient advocate is always available for any questions.


College Park Family Care/Walk-in Clinic
11725 West 112th St.
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 469-5579
M-Fri: 6 – 8:30 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
Sun: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

College Park Family Care providers work weekends and after-hours to ensure that patients at their Walk-in Clinic get the most convenient and prompt care possible as sickness comes knocking any time of the day. The clinic may be able to perform minor surgeries and treat minor trauma for some patients, along with addressing other ailments. Additionally, the staff rotates emergency calls 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to meet the needs of patients who need to speak to a provider immediately.


PureHealth Medical Centers
11400 West 135 St.
Overland Park, Kan.
(913) 814-8800
M-Fri: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.

PureHealth Medical Centers provide patients with a team of healthcare professionals who have been in the business of treating the sick for 20 years. Their mission is to provide care that is convenient and cost-effective as they state that “illness and injury don’t make appointments, so you don’t have to either.” The PureHealth website offers check-in services so that patients can wait in their living rooms until receiving a text from the center regarding their appointment. The clinic offers patients a PureSavings™ card on their first visit that gives 40 percent off some PureHealth services for the entire family for $49 per year.

After-Hours Pediatrics College Park Family Care/Walk-In Clinic PureHealth Medical Centers