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

Progress at 403 East First Street

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Several months ago KSB Hospital embarked on a project of recreating the exterior image of the facility.  Progress is being made.  The original five buildings have all been refinished, creating a standard color throughout.  Here is a look at the original buildings. As of this writing,a connecting band at the top of the buildings is being installed.  Within the next several weeks the limestone face will change into a metal centerpiece, capped off with a lighted sign. Stay tuned for additional changes, and slow down and admire the new look the next time you cruise past KSB Hospital.

What’s That Pink Ribbon In Front Of KSB?

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October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and a pharmaceutical company.  It is an annual campaign in October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research.  The aim of the campaign from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.  KSB has again erected the large pink ribbon in our circle drive in front of the hospital as a visual reminder for everyone to schedule their annual screening mammogram.  This year’s theme at KSB for … Read More

Jamming for KSB

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Saturday evening KSB Hospital took over the Riverfront in Downtown Dixon to celebrate our successes and encourage financial support of KSB Hospital. Nancy Varga, Jan Woodward, Joan Melzer and Robin Canode spearheaded preparations for an incredible evening of drinks, dining and music.  Thank you for your hard work on behalf of KSB Hospital. I reminded those in attendance of the outstanding work the KSB Family is doing in increasing quality, improving the patient experience, and offering value to our patients. We need your help to bring to our patients and their families, as well as our communities, those “value-added” services, … Read More

Dixon Nice

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I grew up in a town of 4,200 people.  I fully admit to having a small-town bias.  And I love Dixon and the small communities in KSB’s service area. As a kid, I knew I appreciated a neighbor giving me a ride home when I crashed my bike on the other side of town.  As a teenager, I was well aware that the threat from a police officer to tell my dad was way scarier than the threat of a ticket. I love the Petunia Festival, Autumn On Parade, Town & Country Days, Depot Days, as well as all the … Read More

A Special Place In Our Hearts

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People that care for others have a special place in my heart.  Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, Firefighters, Police Officers.  The list goes on and on. Our community’s collective hearts were broken recently with a murder/suicide that claimed the life of Christopher, a kindergartner at St. Anne School in Dixon. St. Anne is my home parish.  This school is where both of my children completed kindergarten through 8th grade.  It remains a magical place. Many of those wonderful people that care for others have children and grandchildren of their own. Memories of losing a child are not often forgotten. My thoughts and … Read More