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Diabetes Superfoods

Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet? Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan? 

Beans - Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup, and are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables - Spinach, collards, kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrate. You can’t eat too much.

Citrus Fruit - Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes - A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.

Berries - Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert. Try our Superfood Smoothie recipe.

Tomatoes - An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin E.

Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the breaded and deep fat fried variety... they don’t count in your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.

Whole Grains - It’s the germ and bran of the whole grain you’re after.  It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched wheat flour, you don’t get these. A few more of the nutrients these foods offer are magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids and folate. Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of fiber and potassium.

Nuts - An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a dose of magnesium and fiber. Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Fat-free Milk and Yogurt - Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.
Call any of the clinics to learn more about diabetes and diet.  

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.


employment.jpgEmployment Opportunities

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.

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