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Hospital:795-2921  Oswego Clinic: 795-2119   Chetopa Clinic: 236-7351   Altamont Clinic: 784-5784

What is on the Menu?
Community Customer appreciation picnics is on the menu for three are community clinics. The Oswego Community Hospital plans to celebrate rural health care in the area communities.
Chetopa- Tuesday, June 3rd  5:30-7:00 PM
Altamont- Wednesday, June 4th  5:30-7:00 PM
Oswego- Monday, June 9th   5:30-7:00 PM

Dan Hiben, CEO of the hospital and three area clinic encourages folks to come out and share in a family style evening in the community.  Each of the three community clinics is representative of the Hospital's desire to support rural health care in southeast Kansas.  

Rural health care is different . One difference between rural and urban health care is rural residents have greater transportation difficulties reaching health care providers, often travelling great distances to reach a doctor or hospital.  "Having a clinic in a community is one way we can support the health care needs." 

The obstacles faced by health care providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas. Rural Americans face a unique combination of factors that create disparities in health care not found in urban areas. Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, lack of recognition by legislators and the sheer isolation of living in remote rural areas all conspire to impede rural Americans in their struggle to lead a normal, healthy life. 
Healthy Habits Pass’em on  to your kids

wellness.jpgParents are the first, and most important, role models for their children. Children possess the incredibly powerful skill of observation and will model their behavior from what they see at home. The best way to raise children with positive self-esteem and healthy habits is to practice what you preach and lead by example.  

Here are six ways you can model healthy habits for your children: Never eat in the pantry, at the fridge or in front of the TV: Always sit down with a plate, even if you’re just having a snack. Sitting down and taking the time to eat helps you connect with the food you’re eating. Making yourself a plate will help you think about what and how much you’re going to eat, instead of mindlessly eating without even realizing how much you’ve had.
Build your plate around healthy choices :Whenever possible everyone at the table should have the same food on their plate- or the same options available to them. Make sure 50 percent of everyone’s plate consists of vegetables and then add on proteins and starchy vegetables or grains. Even if they don’t eat all the veggies, children are more likely to be willing to try new foods if they see others eating and enjoying them.  

Discuss the health benefits of food and avoid conversations about food making people fat: Focusing on the positive aspects of food and how the vitamins and proteins help our brains function, give us energy and make us strong and healthy can help make children excited about eating healthy foods. Negative food or weight-related comments increases the chance of poor eating and body image issues as they get older. Limit access to junk food and make healthy options readily available.  


Dr. Shashank B. Radadiya, MD  / Rheumatology

radadiya.jpgDr. Radadiya  can treat and medically manage patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Call to schedule an appointment.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, hampering or halting physical movement. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease. In RA, for reasons no one fully understands, the immune system – which is designed to protect our health by attacking foreign cells such as viruses and bacteria – instead attacks the body’s own tissues, specifically the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints.

As a result of the attack, fluid builds up in the joints, causing pain in the joints and inflammation that’s systemic – meaning it can occur throughout the body.

What causes it?
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not yet known. Most scientists agree that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible. Researchers have identified genetic markers that cause a tenfold greater probability of developing rheumatoid arthritis. These genes are associated with the immune system, chronic inflammation or the development and progression of RA. Still, not all people with these genes develop rheumatoid arthritis and not all people with the disease have these genes.

What are the effects?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, meaning it can’t be cured. Most people with RA experience intermittent bouts of intense disease activity, called flares.  In some people the disease is continuously active and gets worse over time. Others enjoy long periods of remission – no disease activity or symptoms at all. Evidence shows that early diagnosis, early treatment, and aggressive treatment to put the disease into remission is the best means of avoiding joint destruction, organ damage and disability.

The symptoms and course of rheumatoid arthritis vary from person to person and can change on a daily basis. Your joints may feel warm to the touch and you might notice a decreased range of motion, as well as inflammation, swelling and pain in the areas around the affected joints.  Rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical, meaning if a joint on one side of the body is affected, the corresponding joint on the other side of the body is also involved.

Because the inflammation is systemic, you’re likely to feel fatigued and you may become anemic, lose your appetite and run a low-grade fever.

In the long term, rheumatoid arthritis may affect many different joints and cause damage to cartilage, tendons and ligaments – it can even wear away the ends of your bones. One common outcome is joint deformity and disability.

Call and make an appointment today.
Oswego Clinic  620-795-2119


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

Housekeeper (Weekends):  Primary responsibilities include cleaning, dusting, mopping, vacuuming, and maintaining hospital.  

RN—PRN (as needed):  Licensed Registered Nurse, with CPR/ACLS training, on an as needed basis for day and night shifts. 

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

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. 



Dana Kabrey, RN is the new Chief Nursing Officer at Oswego Community Hospital. She  has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Medical Surg. , Intensive Care, Critical Care, Hospice and Nursing Home administration are just a few of the fields she brings to the "Family Centered Care" model the hospital and clinics.
In regards to the level of care she found at the hospital she remarked, "They have exceptional care. The nurses are very well educated. All of the patients we take care of, we treat as our own family."

Comparing the larger hospitals in the area and Oswego Community Hospital it is a more personable level of care. "Patients are treated with kindness, dignity and respect. That is the way the foundation is set here."

As she reflected on a patient's experience with the emergency room she related that a person came in and was greeted. They were admitted and stitches were done.
All of the services were delivered within a few minutes. This time in and out doesn't compare with the time spent in larger facilities for emergency services.

The one thing that stood out most to Dana was the fact that recent patient surveys indicated they would 100% recommend Oswego Hospital, Oswego Clinic or the Chetopa Clinic to a friend or relative. part of the reason for such a high positive response may be due to the short wait time before going into the room to see a doctor or mid-level. Many reported times as low as 15 minutes to wait.

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We hope that the information that you find within these pages about the hospital is informative and helpful.  The website is a work in progress so plan on being a frequent visitor as we look forward to providing you with information regarding the development of the upcoming new facility and a wide variety of topics in the future.

Oswego Community Hospital wants to be the facility of choice when you need routine healthcare services.  Our mission is to provide quality healthcare to our community, placing the needs of our patients first.

Oswego Community Hospital will open its new facility in early 2009 which will offer state of the art diagnostic capabilities as well as other enhanced and expanded services.  (Please explore the regularly posted pictures of the building process now available online under Construction Updates).  Until that time, efforts have been initiated to expand and improve services for the benefit of our patients and the greater community.Oswego Community Hospital! 


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