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Superintendent Dr. John Worley Leaving OSH for KUMC; Secretary Keck names Clayton Bledsoe as interim superintendent

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2018

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785-806-7482

TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Tim Keck today appointed Director of Nursing Clayton Bledsoe to serve as Interim Superintendent of Osawatomie State Hospital (OSH). Mr. Bledsoe will take over for Superintendent Dr. John Worley, who is leaving the hospital April 13 to take a position with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). 

Dr. Worley began his service at OSH in 2007 as Director of Psychological and Therapy Services and was named Assistant Superintendent and Clinical Program Director in 2011. He was named superintendent of the hospital in December 2016. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Mr. Bledsoe has worked as Director of Nursing at the hospital since May 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Education from Fort Hays State University.

“I am immensely grateful for all the work Dr. Worley has done for the State of Kansas and the patients at OSH during his many years of service. His commitment and steady hand helped guide the hospital through some of its most difficult challenges,” Secretary Keck said. “We wish him all the best and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity at KUMC.”

“I am pleased that Clayton Bledsoe has agreed to serve as interim superintendent at OSH. He has the clinical background and administrative expertise to take over day-to-day management of the facility and ensure that the care and treatment received by the patients is first-rate,” Secretary Keck said.

Osawatomie State Hospital was established in Miami County, Kansas in 1866 by the State Legislature. The 60-bed Adair Acute Care facility at OSH was certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December 2017.