The Road To Community Works – by Ray Sharp, KSB Hospital Chief Information Officer

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KSB wrapped up Integration Testing (IT) 4 on Thursday, July 18th. This was our last integration testing session before our Community Works go live on September 9th. We have been working on the project for a year now, and I can honestly say the engagement, the effort, and the energy of the KSB team has been the best I have ever seen for a project in the 34 years I have been in Information Technology. The engagement across the organization from leadership, physicians, clinical staff, and support staff has been tremendous for the whole year. Normally it is very difficult … Read More

Thank You Petunia Festival Volunteers!

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The Petunia Festival provides our area with a sense of community.  Beginning with tours of the Reagan Boyhood Home on Tuesday morning through a final musical presentation Sunday evening I counted 98 activities listed on the Petunia Festival website. I’m proud that KSB Hospital is an active participant in the festival.  KSB is the primary sponsor of the 35th Annual KSB Tennis Classic.  The Hospital sponsored the Family Fun Night on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn Friday afternoon. We then capped off the festivities by sponsoring the fireworks Sunday evening. Saturday afternoon organizers opened The Dixon Splash Pad. KSB … Read More

Remembering Tim Broos

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I first met Tim Broos in the Spring of 1989.  Tim was the Vice President responsible for filling the Director of Medical Imaging position, and he gave me my start in healthcare administration.  Over the following 30+ years, Tim and I would play hundreds of rounds of golf, attend dozens of high school basketball games, play countless rec basketball games, check out every restaurant within 50 miles, and even live together for a couple of months while our house was being built. During our first years in Dixon, my wife, Stephanie, worked second shift in KSB’s Emergency Department.  Tim was … Read More

Congratulations Corinne Zimmerman, KSB Hospital’s Daisy Award Winner

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Every year, KSB Hospital recognizes and honors its nursing staff through a week-long celebration. After wrapping up a wonderful week of celebrating, it’s important that we reflect to not forget about the patient – and realize what nursing practice brings to the care of patients. For the past six years, KSB Hospital has participated in the DAISY Award which is a nationally recognized award started by the DAISY Foundation. The foundation was started by the family of Patrick J. Barnes who died at the age of 33 due to complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick’s family was touched by … Read More

KSB Hospital Receives “A” Rating from Leapfrog Group

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The Leapfrog Group announced on May 15 that KSB Hospital is one of 43 hospitals in Illinois to receive their highest grade for quality and safety.  KSB is the only hospital in Northwest Illinois to earn an “A” designation. Congratulations to members of the KSB Family for continuing to follow best practices and respecting KSB’s standard of excellence.  Our patients deserve nothing but the best, and the Leapfrog recognition confirms that all the hard work you put in every day is making a difference. Congratulations KSB!!!    

Is Love Scalable?

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5 ways to stay connected to your employees as your company grows Small teams have distinct advantages. Groups of three or fewer people disrupt current ways of thinking with new ideas, inventions, and opportunities.  Small teams also allow others to observe, support, show kindness and love in a personal, inclusive fashion. What happens as teams grow?  Is it possible for members to stay connected in a meaningful way? As CEO of a rural, community hospital I have struggled with making love scalable as our organization grew over a 30 year period, from 350 employees to 1,000 team members. Authentic leadership … Read More

KSB Hospital Builds On Partnership with Sauk Valley Community College

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Sauk Valley Community College and KSB Hospital enjoy a long, mutually beneficial partnership.  This is a wild guess, but I estimate that well over 50% of KSB employees have taken advantage of SVCC for some or all of their education.  The vast majority of radiologic technologists are Sauk alum, and the greatest number of KSB nurses are graduates of SVCC’s nursing program.  I am personally thankful for Sauk providing me with an accounting course I attended prior to starting graduate school many years ago. The day for our board members and leadership team began with a breakfast with LPN students … Read More

KSB’s Medical Mission, A Pharmacy Perspective, by Luke Herbert, Registered Pharmacist

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Gratitude is the recurring theme that is everywhere throughout our week in the communities of Cusco Peru.  The gratitude in the words, eyes, and smiles of our patients and the gratitude between ourselves and the local interpreters, coordinators, and leaders as we work together to make the clinics successful.  Additionally, there is the appreciation for the many blessings that we have and often take for granted as we get to know communities with far less.  When we came to Cusco a year ago, we trusted the local coordinators to get us in a good place to help and to make … Read More

We Leave Peru With the Hope We Have Helped Many People, by Deb Drengenberg, M.D.

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My day started by driving on a cliff with a magical view of the village below. As we arrived in Pillpinto, much like the second day, there were tents set up in the street with indigenous people lining up for care. As we set up shop and began the craze of providing care, I had an extremely interesting first encounter with 3 elderly ladies. The 3 beautiful, indigenous, elderly ladies gave my day an interesting start by calling me a “Gringo,” patting me on the butt and offering to feed me and come live with them. Next, interesting patient care … Read More