One hospital, two clinics abruptly close in southeast Kansas
LABETTE COUNTY, Kan. — One hospital and two clinics close in southeast Kansas. Officials say the Oswego Community Hospital, Oswego Community Clinic and Chetopa Community Clinic have been closed due to unforseen circumstances, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.
Several employees say they still haven’t received last week’s paycheck. KOAM/FOX14 Reporter Zach Dodge is in Oswego and plans to speak with employees.
Labette Health officials are hoping to fill in some of the gap left for health care in the community.
Labette Health to Help Restore Healthcare in Oswego
PARSONS, KANSAS – Labette Health is working with the Oswego Mayor and private citizens to insure healthcare services are available to meet the needs of Oswego, Chetopa and the surrounding area. The announcement came after Oswego Community Hospital closed its doors Wednesday evening. Upon the closure, Labette Health was requested to provide an ambulance at the Oswego Emergency Room for patients arriving via private vehicle who were seeking medical care.
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the employees and their families,” said Brian Williams, President & CEO. “Their hospital was very important to them and to their community.”
Labette Health has ordered a temporary clinic facility to be delivered within the next couple of weeks. “We are working quickly to hire as many staff from the hospital and clinics and to restore healthcare services to their community and to our neighbors,” said Williams.
While providing a temporary clinic facility, Labette Health will begin the planning stages of a permanent clinic, including x-ray, lab and therapy. The future Oswego location will be announced soon.
“Rural hospitals are an integral part of the country’s healthcare landscape,” said Perry Sorrell, Board of Trustees Chairperson. “Southeast Kansas is a tight-knit community that has a right to quality healthcare and that’s what we’re committed to doing.”
About Labette Health
Labette Health, serving a six-county area since 1961, is a 99 bed licensed hospital that provides acute, intensive and inpatient rehabilitation services. Labette Health serves southeast Kansas with clinics in Altamont, Chanute, Cherryvale, Erie, Independence and St. Paul, including an emergency department at the Independence Healthcare Center and three express care locations – Parsons, Chanute and Independence. Labette Health, renowned for its comprehensive healthcare services, state-of-the-art technology and skilled medical staff, is a 5-star rated hospital by CMS and has earned national recognition for patient safety. Labette Health has earned numerous quality awards by CareChex, including ranking in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety and medical excellence as well as national recognition by Healthgrades for Total Knee Replacement. For more information, visit labettehealth.com or facebook.com/LabetteHealth.
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