Why Practice Nursing at KSB Hospital? Part Three – A Series by Linda Clemen, Chief Nursing Officer

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Here is the third and final part of the series on why being a nurse at KSB Hospital rocks!  This piece shares what our nurses say about being a part of KSB’s care team. Dave What do the nurses at KSB say? “I love my department and co-workers. My job is very full-filling and I love what I do. I have absolutely no desire to go anywhere else. I am a very happy employee” (Despite living 6 blocks away from CGH and having a husband that works there!) “I have always wanted to work at KSB and in a hospital … Read More

Why Practice Nursing at KSB Hospital? Part Two – A Series by Linda Clemen, Chief Nursing Officer

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Here is Part Two of a three-part series on why being a nurse at KSB Hospital rocks!  Look for Part Three coming soon! Dave Why do nurses choose or continue to practice at KSB? You are not just a number like in a large organization The Average tenure for a KSB Nurse is 11 years Average age of a nurse at KSB is 43 36% of our nurses have a BSN or higher degree Med Surg and ICU staffing is the best in the region – Ssource: Illinois Report Card Act Patient- and family-centered care with interdisciplinary rounding and bedside … Read More

Why Practice Nursing at KSB Hospital? Part One – A Series by Linda Clemen, Chief Nursing Officer

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Here is the first portion of a two-part series on why being a nurse at KSB Hospital rocks!  Look for Part Two coming soon. Dave Why Practice Nursing at KSB Hospital? KSB has a renowned culture – It’s the People! This legacy is exemplified through all the wonderful nursing staff at KSB that go above and beyond, each day, to meet the needs of their patients and community. This is validated through our high patient satisfaction and nursing employee satisfaction scores. Any employee, patient, or community member can walk the floors of the nursing units and observe the outstanding experiences … Read More

Kind words from a patient about Endoscopy Services

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I am posting this note from a satisfied patient with permission.  Congratulations Team KSB! Dear Mr. Schreiner,  On August 29, 2016, I went to KSB for a colonoscopy/upper G.I. that was administered by Dr. Mustapha.  Upon my arrival at KSB, I had to sign in, of course, and I didn’t get the ladies name at the receptionist desk but she certainly did a good job of putting me at ease as I’m sure anyone that has had that test done, it can be a bit unnerving.  So, that was a good start.  I got called back to get prepped for … Read More

An Evening With KSB

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120 supporters of KSB Hospital gathered at Distinctive Gardens to celebrate the ongoing success of our organization and look to the future. The inaugural event included presentations from Dr. Nag on Florissa as well as Dr. Fulton on the KSB Family Medicine Residency Program. I encouraged those in attendance to spread the good news about the benefits of receiving world-class healthcare services right here at home, in Dixon, provided by your friends and neighbors. Thank you to everyone that made the night so special! Dave

What Is A “Tweener”?

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The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) has an interesting classification for hospitals that are smaller than academic medical centers, yet larger than critical access hospitals. IHA calls us “tweeners”. We fall between the previously mentioned groups.  Hospitals in addition to KSB Hospital that fall into this group include CGH Medical Center in Sterling , Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon, and Morris Community Hospital. Earlier this week I attended one of the quarterly meetings of the Tweener group in Springfield. I find the content and relationships incredibly helpful. This session’s topics included the role of population health in a rural setting, IHA advocacy … Read More

A Gold Medal in Having Fun – The Quality Department Olympic Games

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Earlier this week I posted on my love for all things Olympian.  Little did I know that I would walk down the hallway to KSB Hospital’s Quality Department and experience Closing Ceremonies right here in Dixon! Elizabeth Accardi, R.N., was the Master of Ceremonies.  Here is Elizabeth’s account of the fun and games: To commemorate the Olympic Games currently being held in Rio, the Quality Department used this as inspiration to celebrate its own Olympians within the department.  The Quality team members determined characteristics, traits, and qualities that makes our department successful and those were compiled into a list of 23 … Read More

Confessions of an Olympic Junky

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I am a Summer Olympic junky.  Swimming, cycling, volleyball, basketball, and especially track & field are sports I love.  Watching the world’s best athletes compete at the top of their game is a treat. But that’s not what I love the most. My favorite part is the raw emotion.  A women’s 1500 meter runner breaks into tears after realizing she earned a bronze medal, her first podium finish in three Olympic games spanning 12 years.  The pain parents and family members endure when their athlete is laying it all on the line. It’s great theatre, and it puts on display some … Read More

Remembering Martha Wilson – KSB Hospital Chief Nursing Officer

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Martha Wilson served KSB Hospital for 41 years, ending her career in 1999 as its Chief Nursing Officer.  Martha passed away recently.  Her legacy remains with all of us that worked with her. I remember Martha for her smile and warm laugh. To me, she represented a “nurse’s nurse”. She cared deeply for the patient as well as the professional nurse. KSB Hospital was a remarkably different place when Martha began her career in 1958. Imagine the changes our organization has experienced since that time. As a new Medical Imaging Director, Martha was available, kind and understanding as I learned … Read More