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The Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center, located in Osceola, is a 21-bed acute and skilled care hospital licensed by the state. The Health Center is owned by Polk County and governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the County Commissioners. To reach the health center, call (402) 747-2031 or visit the Health Care Web site.

Services available include: acute care, coronary and intensive care, swing bed, intermediate care, 24-hour emergency room, labor/delivery/recovery/ postpartum birthing suite, general and microscopic surgery, radiology (fluoroscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, mammography, CT, and MRI), laboratory, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, pharmacy, social services, cardiac rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Other services provided by the Health Care include: Lifeline (emergency response system in coordination with the Polk County Law Enforcement Center and the local rescue squads), a fully equipped wellness center available to the community for exercise programs, numerous classes and programs, and a large variety of specialty out-patient clinics (cardiology; OB/gynecology; general surgery; orthopedics; podiatry; ear, nose & throat or otorhinolaryngology; pulmonology; and urology).

Annie Jeffrey Family Medicine

Annie Jeffrey Family Medicine, located in the Health Center, is a family practice clinic. The physician and staff provide comprehensive health care for the entire family. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, with evening and Saturday appointments available. To reach the Annie Jeffrey Family Medicine, call (402) 747-8851.

Polk County Health Department

The Polk County Health Department (PCHD) has developed into a multi-faceted department since its beginning in 1978. The PCHD is governed by the Polk County Heath Board, and the Polk County Board of Commissioners.

Through community assessment and policy development, the Health Department offers many programs to meet the community's needs.  On-going programs include CPR, first aid training, homemaker chore services, Lifeline (an emergency care program), school nursing, drug/alcohol testing, and babysitting classes.  All Polk County schools receive general screening and assistance with health service and education programs.  Through the Every Woman Matters Program, an outreach worker can tell you whether you qualify for free or reduced cost annual health check-ups.  The PCHD also offers clinic services such as childhood and adult immunizations, annual flu shots, blood pressure checks, and pedicures.

To obtain services or more information from the PCHD, simply contact the office at 402-747-2211 during normal business hours. (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm).

Rescue Squad

Eight volunteer emergency medical technicians, assisted by five first responders, respond to calls with an ambulance owned by the city of Osceola. The ambulance is equipped with a defibrillator. The personnel are EMT-A/D certified by the state. For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, dial (402) 747-2231.

Nursing Homes

Osceola Good Samaritan Center is a 57-bed Medicaid/Medicare certified, Intensive Care Facility (ICF) established in 1962. Renovated and remodeled, the center has an excellent reputation for quality throughout Polk County and the state of Nebraska. The facility is part of the largest nonprofit provider of long-term care -- The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, recognized nationwide as the leader in long-term care. The center offers 24-hour nursing care, short- or long-term rehabilitative stays, all restorative therapies (physical, occupational, and speech), adult day care, varied activities programs, and numerous special events year-round. For further information, call (402) 747-2691 or visit the Good Samaritan Web site at:

A 10-bed assisted living facility, with one additional unit for respite care, will be completed in 2002 by the Evangelical Good Samaritan Society.

Veterinary Care

The Osceola Veterinary Hospital is a full service hospital located on East Highway 81 and 92. Two veterinarians treat large and small animals. Boarding, grooming and animal health products available. For further information, call (402) 747-2511.

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