ONAGA (KSNT) — Rural hospitals in Kansas, and like in many other states across the nation, are facing financial struggles, and dozens may close as a result.
But one rural hospital in Pottawatomie County is celebrating the expansion of its health care system.
Nearly 60 years of serving rural Kansans living in Onaga and this community hospital is ready for a new beginning.
At a time where many rural hospitals across the sunflower state are struggling to keep their doors open, the Onaga hospital is celebrating an expansion.
“The critical care happens here first before you are sent to the big city,” says Sarah Woods, a Pottawatomie County resident. “And it is nice to be able to have the care.”
CEO and President of the Community HealthCare System Todd Willert, knows all about the importance of health care access in rural communities. Serving patients in Holton, Corning, Centralia, Frankfort, West Moreland, and Saint Mary’s.
“Those places would not have providers if it wasn’t for a very strong system here in Onaga,” says Willert.
Many of the rural hospitals in Kansas are critical access hospitals. In fact, Kansas has more critical access hospitals than any other state according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Physicians here say because of the critical need of efficient health care in rural Pottawatomie County, this facility was designed with the patient in mind.
“May include some extra especially services they would have to travel out of town for,” says Dr. Marcus Weiser, chief of medical staff at the Onaga hospital.
The state of the art facility includes a new surgical unit, complete with in-house MRI, and CT capabilities.
“We want to be known as a very strong independent system,” Willert says.
The Community HealthCare System, and its team of doctors, and staff will start seeing patients as early as September 3rd.