Thank The People Who Care

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As we race towards the middle of December my thoughts turn to the gratitude I have for the men and women of KSB that spend time with our patients during the holiday season.  Hospitals are a 24/7 business, and that means time away from family and loved ones for our team members. We know that comes with the territory of working in health care.  Injury and illness take no holidays. Thanks for all you do for our patients and their families, especially during the upcoming holiday season.  Miracles happen every day at KSB Hospital. If you get the chance, give … Read More

Rural Hospitals – Caring For Our Communities

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Our community suffered a horrific farm accident this week.  This follows far too closely on the heels of a house fire that claimed the lives of a family in late October. Rural hospitals play a special role in tragedies.  KSB Hospital’s team of professionals jump into action when a crisis hits, preparing as soon as news is heard of an event.  We train on a regular basis to be prepared to handle whatever comes our way, and when tragedy strikes we are ready to provide care.  The worse feeling is when we find out the injuries were simply too extreme … Read More

The Power of Volunteerism – Christmas Trees and Angels

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KSB Hospital kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the front lawn of the hospital, with a special assist from the Dixon Dukes football team.  Special thanks to KSB’s very own Dr. Mustapha for the beautiful picture.  My granddaughter, Klara (sporting her pink coat), is pretty cute too. Walking through the streets of Dixon Friday evening, one couldn’t help but notice the smiles and laughter.  KSB’s Pediatric Department filled The Lovett Center with games and treats for the children.  It takes a small army to pull off such a special evening. The following night … Read More

Seeing Things Through The Eyes Of The Patient

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Every three months I have the chance to get together with KSB Employees for eight 30-minutes sessions we call Employee Forums.  These are gatherings that focus on one key topic, followed by a Question & Answer opportunity. This week the topic  is Patient First. No kidding.  You mean a hospital has to be reminded that we exist to care for our patients? Exactly.  The purpose of the discussion is to put on the “patient goggles” and see things as our patients and their families see KSB.  I will be involving KSB employees in an interactive, fun exercise. I can’t wait … Read More

KSB Adds A Drive Up Window For Bill Payment

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No one likes to pay bills.  In KSB’s continuing efforts to focus on the Patient First, a drive up has been added to make that process just a bit easier. Effective immediately, bills can be paid by exiting off the southbound lane of Galena Avenue at the alley entrance.  The Lovett Center now has a patient accounts representative at the drive up window during normal business hours. Look for additional service offerings at The Lovett Center soon!

The Lovett Center Comes To Life

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It has been a while since KSB purchased the Midland Bank Building and renamed it The Lovett Center.  Delays were encountered as we had a more complicated than expected time in securing fiber connectivity to the building. But now… things are about to get exciting! Look for a community wellness presence at the Lovett Center as part of the Dixon Chamber Christmas Walk on Friday December 1, beginning with the lighting of the Christmas Tree at KSB Hospital. The KSB Information Systems and Plant Operations departments have been working non-stop over the past few months preparing the Lovett Center for … Read More

KSB Hospital’s Emergency Department Improves Performance

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Nobody likes going to the Emergency Department.  When the need does arise, we want to move through the process as quickly as is safely possible.  Over the last few months a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and technicians at KSB Hospital have worked together to put the patient first. Over three days, the team identified sixty improvements to help reach their goals of decreasing door-to-provider time and reduce the overall time patients are in the Emergency Department. One of the major goals in Phase 1 was to reduce the door-to-provider time from 32 minutes to 18 minutes or less. As … Read More

Dr. Lewis Pens A Note To His KSB Family

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Don Lewis, M.D., recently retired after nearly 20 years of service to our community, which represents half of his professional career.  Upon his departure, he left a note to the the KSB Family.  So many important points are in the letter that I want to share his thoughts with  you. To Plant Ops, the team which keeps us warm, cool, dry, and in good repair as necessary, but rarely get the credit… To the Admin Staff, the people behind the scenes, in office out of view, behind big names and titles, who make things move around here, and rarely get … Read More

Driving Away The Flu

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Linda Clemen, Chief Nursing Office to me: I want to do a drive by flu shot clinic. Me: OK. That was the conversation that launched a program that served 673 patients over four Wednesday’s in October, right at the front entrance of KSB Hospital. The KSB Nursing Division took this project on and made it their own, often with volunteer hours dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve. Pictured are Jerry and Venessa Schnake of Dixon.  They were the lucky 500th vaccination and received a gift certificate to Lori’s Gift, a retail store inside KSB Hospital. I … Read More

Upgrades Continue at KSB Hospital – New Cat Scan Unit Comes Online

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KSB Hospital has just installed a new CT Scanner machine in the hospital and will begin serving patients on October 30, 2017.  Manufactured by Siemens, this unit represents a considerable improvement over the previous machine for the following reasons: Being newer technology, it offers lower radiation dosage to our patients. We will be able to pursue Low Dose Lung Screens. The system will get us faster scans and reconstruction times. Many manual processes are now automated. With the new system, we completely redid the room to upgrade the flooring, cabinetry, ceiling, and lighting. We are excited to be offering the latest … Read More