Doing Our Part for the Community by Grace Crowe – KSB Community Wellness Advocate

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KSB is involved in a variety of activities in the community. Each activity provides us as an organization the opportunity to support the agencies that are going the extra step to serve our patients and their families. Though each piece we support is important, there is always one small moment that makes us realize what a great contribution the KSB Family is to those we serve. Recently, our Professional Development Group (PDG) worked for Buddy Bags. I wrote in this space about PDG just last week. Buddy Bags is a community-based program that supplies food during the weekends for children … Read More

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

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Great organizations require world-class leadership. KSB Hospital takes this responsibility very seriously.  I would like to share with you two examples. Last week Suzanne Ravlin (KSB Chief Legal Officer) and Crystal Southerland (KSB Eye & Vision Manager)  concluded a twelve-month program called Rise Up!. This leadership development initiative took eight young leaders from area businesses and exposed them to various situations intended to fundamentally change the way the leader sees the world around them.  Participants were encouraged to take these learnings back to their own company as well as to the multitude of volunteer agencies they may serve.  The attached photo shows … Read More

Cerner Picks Up Post from KSB Hospital

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I am pleased to announce that www.ksbpulse.com has gone national.  I was invited to be a guest author on the topic of patient satisfaction.  That post went live today and can be seen by clicking here. Thank you, Cerner, for the opportunity!

United Way of Lee County – Helping Those In Need

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The United Way of Lee County wrapped up their campaign this past week, raising $418,000 for our community. In consideration of the challenges many social service agencies are faced with the State of Illinois budget, these dollars are vital in allowing many organizations to continue their vital work.  Congratulations to Executive Director Jenny Koch and Campaign Co-Chairs Sam Ramirez and Mandy Curia on a job well done. It was gratifying to see a full house at the United Way dinner. We all hear stories about how “those people” are not invested and engaged.  How young people are not “joiners”. That … Read More

Tackling the Pace of Change

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“If you’re the CEO of a health system, you are a change agent. If you’re not good at that, hopefully your replacement will be.” Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, dropped this bit of wisdom during a recent fireside chat with American Medical Association CEO Dr. James Madara at MATTER in Chicago. The point Dr. Noseworthy makes is that change is constant in the health care industry. Many fight change, many wish for the glory years in the past (even though, when given serious thought, they may not have been quite so glorious), and many look for ways to make things slow down. Good … Read More

I don’t know CPR and I can help by KSB Information Technology Director Dave Ginn

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 I remember sitting in CPR training many years ago and learning that if you came upon a situation you should say this phrase, “I know CPR and I can help”.  Well I don’t know CPR.  Though I’ve worked at KSB for decades I’ve never given hands on care to a customer. But I know a lot about KSB faces and places.  Here’s a story where I said (to myself) – “I don’t know CPR, but I can help”. I work in the KSB Annex.  One day I came across a distraught family waiting for the elevator.  Mom and Dad were … Read More

Thank you to Mt. Morris’s Mrs. Nelson

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I am sharing with you, with her permission, a wonderful note I received from Nancy Nelson, a Mt. Morris resident, that describes her experience at KSB Hospital.  Congratutions to the entire KSB Family! Dear Mr. Schreiner, I am writing to express my family’s great appreciation to KSB for the excellent care given to me following my farm accident on January 7th.  The Mt. Morris EMT’s made the wise decision that I needed to be taken to the nearest trauma center. I have to admit, when they told me they were taking me to KSB, I said “No, I need to … Read More

Partnering together for great care

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This week I have the opportunity to attend The Institute for Healthcare Executives & Suppliers bi-annual meeting.  I have participated with this group for nearly seven years, and find it to be an interesting and mutually beneficial concept. Vendors meet with small groups of hospital leaders, generally 6 -8 people, and present products and services that are either not yet at market or recently released.  The goal is for the suppliers to hear from the executives suggestions on how the product might be marketed, what kind of questions might be asked, and if adjustments should be made to the offering. … Read More

KSB Caring Friends – People Helping People

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In the early 1990’s Carol Koehler, RN, an Emergency Department Nurse at KSB Hospital, approached CEO Darryl Vandervort with an idea. Carol wanted to start a program that would allow KSB employees to provide financial assistance to other members of the KSB Family. Voluntary donations could be made that could then be distributed by a committee comprised of anonymous KSB employees.  All requests would be confidential.  Funds could be distributed and used for insurance premiums, house payments, utility expenses… anything the committee deemed appropriate. Hospital leadership would have no input other than voicing their support. This program became known as … Read More