Photo caption: Dr. Cameron Rumsey (Osage) cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration for the newly built Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic where he will see patients starting Sept. 22. BENNY POLACCA/Osage News
Osages seeking health care now have another option with the newly completed Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic, now open for patient care.
The clinic, located immediately east of Pawhuska Hospital, opened its doors for business on Sept. 22 with Dr. Cameron Rumsey (Osage) as one of two providers working at the facility, which is part of the hospital campus. On Sept. 21, Rumsey, along with Pawhuska Hospital officials and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the clinic opening with a ribbon-cutting event attended by community members.
Rumsey expressed excitement for the clinic opening, adding: “Our hospital staff, board and Cohesive Management Company have all contributed a great deal of time and effort to assist in opening our new clinic. We know there is a growing need for more health care in our community and the surrounding areas. Our staff is excited and ready to contribute to that need.”
Rumsey, also the Pawhuska Hospital Chief of Staff, said he will be seeing patients (of all ages) at the clinic three days per week and will be working at the hospital the other two days. The clinic staff will also include a nurse practitioner and Rumsey said he plans to see 20-25 patients per workday.
According to the Pawhuska Hospital website, Rumsey also serves on the hospital board since 2016. He previously worked at the Osage Nation’s Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center for two years starting in 2015 when the Nation changed the name of the Indian Health Service Clinic and entered into an IHS compact agreement to manage the facility.
In the Pawhuska community, Rumsey said: “At one time Pawhuska relied on four or even five great physicians to care for our people and we are thankful for the opportunity to play a part in restoring a similar healthcare system for our town. We will continue to expand our staff and services and hope the city of Pawhuska and the rest of our community will partner with us in future healthcare ventures. We look forward to meeting our new patients and hope to have a positive impact on our community.”
For future expansion of clinic services, Rumsey said there are plans to open a pharmacy for prescribed medications and to offer specialty services with other part-time medical providers.
The Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic, 1109 E. 15th St., will be open for patients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days a week. The clinic can be reached at (918) 287-5151.