KSB Mission Trip – Day 5 – by Tim Appenheimer, M.D.

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I was skeptical. How much real lasting benefit happens when a group of well-meaning medical personnel descend upon a remote village for a few hours, see a large number of patients, and then leave? No detailed medical histories are obtained, no regular follow-up is planned. Many of the patients that I saw were older adults feeling the results of a lifetime of rugged physical work in an unforgiving terrain. Sore backs. Arthritic knees. There was little we could truly do in a day. Then there was Pablo, a very thin man in his late fifties. He had been losing weight … Read More

KSB Mission Trip – Day 4- by Board Chairman Doug Lee

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If one word were to sum up Day 4 of the KSB Mission Trip, it would be “generosity.” From the moment we arrived in Ccatca, we knew we were in for a busy day. Scores of patients were waiting for us, and we had been warned most spoke Quechua, not the Spanish we became accustomed to the day before. Undaunted, the KSB professionals, assisted by four translators, sprang into action. With unparalleled generosity, the team treated over 230 patients in six-plus hours, breaking only for the time it took to wolf down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The team’s … Read More

KSB Mission Trip – Day 3 – Serving the People of Vinocanchaon, Peru

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Kidney stones, liver cancer, diabetes, Down’s Syndrome.  These were but a few diagnosis made by Drs. Reckamp, Appenheimer and Nag in the village of Vinocanchaon, Peru. The original plan was to serve a half-day clinic.  Based on the turnout, this was modified to a full day in the office.  Polaroid pictures were a big hit with the kids.  There was an overwhelming expression of gratitude from those receiving services. None of us could stop talking about the day as we took the 30 minute commute back to the house.  I am incredibly impressed with our team.  Social Worker Julie Ammon … Read More

KSB Mission Trip – Day Two- Arrive in Peru

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Dr. Nag dines on guinea pig.  After approximately 21 hours of travel, team KSB landed in Cusco, Peru late Sunday morning.  We were warmly greeted by our mission coordinator and taken to our house, where the nine of us will be staying for the next week.  Based on Dr. Nag’s dining selection, that altitude sickness that causes a change in mental acuity may have hit at least one of us. The afternoon consisted of an orientation program to prepare us for the upcoming clinical days.  Tomorrow we begin our service to the people of Perú.           … Read More

KSB Mission Trip – Day One – A View From the Chairman

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KSB Hospital Board Chairman Doug Lee presents his take on the mission trip. When I discuss KSB’s medical mission trip with friends, I usually get two questions. First, they wonder why KSB is making such a trip. Second, they wonder what the heck I’m going do when I get there. Both questions are good ones. Different people, I suppose, would answer the “why” differently. To me, the “why” is for KSB to do its part as a global citizen. As it became clear to me that KSB could survive and thrive as an independent hospital, it occurred to me that independent … Read More

KSB Mission Trip – Rare Air

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Dixon sits alongside the Rock River at an altitude of 712 feet.  Cusco, Peru is located in the Peruvian Andes at an altitude of 11,152 feet.  For comparison purposes, Denver is located at 5,280 feet. To avoid losing the first few days to altitude sickness, our team is prophylactically starting acetazolamide on Friday. Symptoms of mild altitude sickness are compared to a hangover.  Severe cases can include death. That makes the idea of taking medicine seem pretty good. When asked about side effects of the medication Dr. Herbert, our team pharmacist replied: “You don’t want to know”. The KSB Mission … Read More

Team KSB Leaves for Mission Trip to Peru

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Doug Lee began his term as Chairman of the KSB Hospital Board of Directors with goals.  One goal was to establish a board quality committee.  The first meeting of that group was conducted this week.  The second goal was to create a medical mission trip involving KSB team members. Nine team members leave Saturday for Cusco, Peru to serve a medical mission.  The goal of the trip is to enhance our global perspective on medicine while supporting the provision of medical care, hygiene campaigns, and healthcare education. Team members include Julie Ammon, Dr. Appenheimer, Linda Clemen, Marissa Frost, Luke Herbert, … Read More

Privacy Matters – A Question From A Pulse Reader

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KSB Pulse reader Julie wrote the following: With Cerner Corp now working with KSB, my inquiries are as follows; Do Cerner employees have access to my medical files? If so, how can KSB assure me and their entire patient clientele, that our medical records are not shared with Cerner Employees and if it is so or becomes so, what, if any, are their consequences for leaking our private information to loved ones or anyone for that matter? I appreciate your quickness on this issue!!   I reached out to Cerner and received this response from Mitchell Clark, President – Community … Read More

The 2018 ACHE Congress – Inside The Ropes

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What is it like to be inside the ropes at ACHE Congress?  Some observations and thoughts from last week’s gathering of our nation’s health care leaders at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The Board After personally serving with this group for two years as Governor, this gathering of rock stars is more than a board of directors.  It feels like family.  I am a student of great leadership.  The learning I gather from watching Past Chairmen Ed Lamb, Chuck Stokes and current Chair David Olson feels like a doctoral degree in how to lead.  The people that make up our … Read More

Match Day

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Match Day. These two words are, perhaps, the most important words in the vocabulary of a medical student.  Match Day is a term used widely in the graduate medical education community to represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program or NRMP releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States. Medical students rank order their preferences of where they want to spend the next three to five years as a resident.  Residency programs, meaning hospitals, rank who they want to bring into their programs.  These get thrown into a computer program and BLAM.  Fates are decided. Match Day for residents has more … Read More