Oswego NeuroPsych Hospital Donates PPE For Use In Other Kansas Counties

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The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has reached an agreement with Oswego NeuroPsych Hospital, Inc., located in Labette County, for the donation of personal protective equipment and the loan of two portable transport ventilators. The PPE consists of gowns, N-95 masks, surgical masks, hazmat suits, gloves, goggles, face shields and blood-pressure cuffs.

“We are extremely grateful to Oswego NeuroPsych Hospital for this generous donation of much-needed personal protective equipment and the loan of the ventilators,” Angee Morgan, alternate governor’s authorized representative, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, said. “These items are in short supply all across the nation and this donation will help medical caregivers in other Kansas counties protect themselves as they help people in their care.”

The donated PPE was first distributed to medical facilities in Labette County before fulfilling other Kansas county requests. The donated items were inventoried by a KDEM representative and the hospital prior to transport.

“We, at Oswego NeuroPsych Hospital, Inc., are committed to the welfare of the community and are glad that we can help in some fashion,” Board Chairman Kirnjot Singh, MD, said.

Resources will be distributed by KDEM on a greatest need basis.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide a staff member to give technical assistance to the hospital during the application process to be designated as a critical access hospital.

The ventilators are only on loan and will be returned to Oswego NeuroPsych Hospital no later than June 30 of this year.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.