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Preventative Services provided through the Affordable Care Act

 A key provision of the Affordable Care Act is the requirement that private insurance plans cover recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing. Research has shown that evidence-based preventive services can save lives and improve health by identifying illnesses earlier, managing them more effectively, and treating them before they develop into more complicated, debilitating conditions, and that some services are also cost-effective. However, costs do prevent some individuals from obtaining preventive services. The coverage requirement aims to remove cost barriers.



New Director of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health at Oswego Community Hospital

Alex Kuhlman, DPT has recently joined the staff at Oswego Community Hospital as the Director of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health. Alex’s duties include overseeing the Rehabilitation Department at Oswego Community Hospital, as well as providing out-patient and in-patient physical therapy. As the Director of Occupational Health, Alex will work with area businesses and schools to arrange health services for employees and students.  

A native of Ness City, Kansas, Alex completed his Bachelor’s in Biology at Pittsburg State University where he played football, as a free safety, and also competed on the track team, horizontal jumping. Alex earned his Doctorate in physical therapy at Missouri State University, where he was trained in the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, regarding manual “hands on” physical therapy. 

Alex is married to Bailey (Waugh) Kuhlman, formerly of Altamont, and they have two sons: Joseph, age 20 months, and Andrew, age 6 months. Bailey is attending Pittsburg State University, working on her Master’s Degree in Nursing.

Alex first learned about Physical Therapy due to a football injury in high school that required rehabilitation, and his interest grew out of that experience. While he no longer plays football, Alex enjoys staying active through many hobbies such as golfing, bird hunting, fishing, and other sports. To relax and unwind, Alex prefers fishing and sitting on his back deck. Between work, school and two small boys, Alex and Bailey find ways to take mini-vacations together.

Because Alex has an advanced degree in physical therapy, patients do not need their physician’s permission (or an order) to see Alex for the initial evaluation. If a patient has a problem they think physical therapy might improve, they may call Alex to set up an appointment. 
Once Alex completes the evaluation of the patient, and if the patient’s condition could be improved by physical therapy, Alex will contact the patient’s doctor to request an order to begin treating the patient.

Alex stated, “As a Physical Therapist, I provide skilled services to all ages in order to restore function, improve mobility, and relieve pain for all types of injuries, disorders, disease, and general aches and pains. I invite patients to contact me to discuss how Physical Therapy might improve their lives and help them stay active in the years to come. In my role as Director of Occupational Health, I invite business owners and school districts, to contact me to discuss occupational health services available to our surrounding communities. I encourage them to contact me by calling Oswego Community Hospital at (620) 795-2921; my work cell phone: (620)778-2507; or my e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Acute Care Rehab Services
Patients in Acute Care benefit from therapy services to help restore them to their prior level of function. These therapy services may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy.

The Rehab & Recovery Program 
(also called Swing Bed) a program for patients who no longer need acute care, but require intermediate skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation before returning home. Patients recovering from surgery, illness, or injury benefit from therapy services which may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

An added benefit to our Rehab Program is that patients who need outpatient therapy after discharge, may continue to work with the same therapists who helped them during their recovery at this hospital.

Outpatient Therapy
Out patient Rehabilitation services for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy are offered for people who do not need to be hospitalized.   Outpatient rehabilitation benefits patients who have had procedures and conditions that decrease everyday functioning and affect quality of life. 

Our rehabilitation services offer you the opportunity to get the quality therapy you need while you continue to live at  home and be active in your community. Treatments in this program are available five days a week. Patients are referred to outpatient therapy by physician’s order. Ask your physician if you might benefit from outpatient therapy.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. 

Speech Therapy
Speech therapy treats patients with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders with the goal of enhancing communication.  Patients with these medical issues often have difficulty pronouncing words accurately, finding words to express themselves or speaking loudly or clearly enough. Common conditions treated with speech therapy include dementia, stuttering, dyslexia, development delays or learning problems.


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Current Open Positions are listed below. Click here for application.   

Job openings:

RN –PRN (as needed):  Licensed Registered Nurse. Must have proficient written and oral communication skills. 

CNA –PRN (as needed):  Assists the professional nursing staff by performing assigned duties and caring for patients in an organized, efficient manner.

Interested candidates can apply in person at 800 Barker Drive, Oswego, KS 67356. 


Employment opportunities are updated regularly; although, availability is subject to change without notice. Some positions may have requirements, experience or other qualifications not listed. If you have more questions concerning employment at Oswego Community Hospital after reviewing these pages, contact HR at (620) 795-2921.

The Criminal Background and Employee Information Release forms must also be filled out, signed and mailed to the HR manager. 



Healthier Aging

Aging is not just about accumulating years. Aging is also about building experiences and wisdom throughout the journey. It’s time to start embracing the aging process. Discover advice on coping with life changes, staying active and healthy at any age, and learning how to better navigate age-related health conditions.

What we previously thought of as an older person is changing. Advances in healthcare have made it possible for people to stay active and productive well into their 70s and beyond. According to many leading doctors, many Baby Boomers are working longer, going back to school for additional training, obtaining new college degrees, changing professions, acting as caregivers and serving their communities.

Despite all of that, ageism—the prejudice against people based on age and disability—still exists. Some men and women experience ageism when they feel ignored, underestimated or disrespected because of their age. We also practice ageism on ourselves when we think we have no value simply because we’ve reached a certain age. So how can you fight ageism?

Know your rights. Especially when it comes to your rights in the work place. Now that people are working well into their 70s, it’s important to act as your own personal advocate. Read your state’s age discrimination policies if you’re currently looking for a job. And if you already have one, your company’s human resources department can help you navigate any issues that may arise.

Change your attitude. How you feel about getting older can greatly affect the way people perceive you and your age. Instead of throwing in the towel and saying “my time is done,” Dr. Kagan recommends asking “what’s next?” Celebrate your age and the wisdom it has provided. Then keep learning new things, keep challenging your mind, and stay as active as possible so you’re ready to face the challenges ahead.

Share your stories and experiences. Though it isn’t always easy, speaking openly about the aging process can help shape and change the conversation about what it means to get old. Look to support groups, friends and family, online forums and social media to help you connect with others who are going through the same things you are.



Spring clean and get healthy

Some of the tasks that you can perform during your annual spring cleaning may actually improve your family's health. The following ten spring cleaning activities will help make you, and your home, healthier and safer:
1. Thoroughly dust your home and clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters; clean all ducts and vents to decrease your exposure to pollens and other airborne allergens. 
2. Organize your medicine cabinet, discarding expired medications and old prescription medications no longer in use. Your pharmacist can advise you about the best way to dispose of old medications, since tossing them into the garbage may be dangerous. Many pharmacies and clinics offer a medication take-back service for free. The U.S. FDA also has issued guidelines about the safe disposal of drugs. You'll reduce your chances of becoming victim of a medication error and gain some storage space.
3. Check the garage and basement for old cans of paint, thinners, oils, solvents, stains, and other forms of "toxic" trash. Call your city or county sanitation department to find the location of the hazardous waste drop-off center, and get rid of anything you're not going to use.
4. Likewise, check under the sink and around the house for old, potentially toxic cleaning products and dispose of these.
5. Have your chimney professionally cleaned. You'll reduce the chances of carbon monoxide exposure from your chimney when it's fire season again.
6. Clean all mold and mildew from bathrooms and other damp areaswith non-toxic cleaning products. Mold is a fungus which can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible people. For more,
please read the Mold Questions, Answers, and Facts and Mold Patrol for Mold Control articles.
7. Check your rugs to be sure that rugs on bare floors have non-skid mats. Older mats that have become dusty may need to be washed or replaced to provide effective protection from falls. Outfit your bathrooms with non-skid bath mats.
8. Inspect outdoor playground equipment and be sure that it remains sturdy and in good repair. Pay particular attention to guardrails, protruding bolts, and other potential sources of injury.
9. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. 
10. Collect old batteries throughout the house for disposal in a battery recycling or hazardous waste center.
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