You’re Invited to the Employee Benefit Fair

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I invited Suzanne to share this invitation to the Employee Benefit Fair–a great opportunity to learn about the many benefits you’re eligible for as an employee at KSB Hospital. – Dave  Suzanne Ravlin, Director of Human Resources All employees are invited to drop by the annual Benefit Fair, hosted by the Human Resources department, Thursday and Friday in Conference Room 1. Hours are 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on 11/4 and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 11/5. The Benefit Fair is designed to inform you of the upcoming benefit enhancements and changes coming soon. Employees are eligible for a wide … Read More

Mary Helfrich Leads Flu Shot Campaign

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The Rewards and Recognition Committee reviewed a Star Card that was recently given to Mary Helfrich. Sandy Thompson recognized Mary for making sure KSB Volunteers received their flu vaccination.  – Dave The Committee wants to express appreciation to Mary for her role in executing the flu vaccination drive for employees, volunteers and other people connected to KSB. 680 Employees, 69 Volunteers and 52 Other Personnel have received the flu vaccination as of October 27th.  As Sandy stated on the Star Card, “Mary is terrific and can always be counted on!”  Many thanks to Mary and her team for doing their … Read More

Teamwork At Its Finest

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If you got up early enough Wednesday you were able to witness a truly moving event: the opening of KSB’s new Emergency Department (or at least half of it). People starting rolling in around 2 a.m. They came in two by two. IT, Housekeeping, Administration, Plant Operations, Physicians, Nursing, Medical Imaging…you name it. We were rallying around one cause: to create a strategic, safe transition from the old space to the new. Special recognition needs to go to Darryl Vandervort. The morning went off without a hitch, largely due to his hands-on planning and supervision. Mission accomplished. Thanks to everyone … Read More

Updated: Medical Imaging Q&A

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a part of this month’s events, the Medical Imaging Department would like to answer your questions on breast health and screening. If you have a question for the Medical Imaging Department, post it as a comment to this story–and feel free to remain “Anonymous”. Questions and answers will be posted to this story as they come in. “At what age should women start getting mammograms?” The American Cancer Society recommends that screening mammograms begin at age 40, and self breast exams can begin as early as age 20. If however, there … Read More

Why is KSB the Best Place for Patients?

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We had 23 comments and 8 ratings for “What makes KSB the Best Place for Employees to Work”, and I’m hoping for the same kind of success with this one. Congratulations to Mary Sanders, whose name was drawn from among those who commented, as the winner of a $25 gift certificate to the KSB Gift Shop! Here’s this week’s question: What makes KSB the Best Place for Patients to Receive Care?   

Amy Hilliker Is What’s Right at KSB!

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Carol Gugerty gave me this story about world-class care at KSB. It’s simply too beautiful to keep to ourselves. While rounding this morning I was stopped by the daughter of one of our patients. She told me that her mother, Evelyn, was admitted to our ICU department earlier this week after being ill at home for the last few months, in fact too ill to go to her hair dresser to get her hair cut. Amy Hilliker kindly admitted and took care of her.  Our patient commented to her daughter that when she was able, she wanted to have her … Read More

One More Comment on the Budget Process

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If you haven’t had a chance to view Deb Didier’s video found below take a minute and check it out. Thanks to Deb and Tom Demmer for posting this. I finished my first series of budget meetings since I sat on the other side of the table many years ago as the Director of Medical Imaging. Deb, Darryl and I brought these meetings back after a 10+ year hiatus. I was impressed with the energy and passion our Directors have for their work. They fight for their staff and for the equipment and resources they need to provide world-class care. … Read More

Budget Hearings Help Identify Priorities

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Over the past week, all Department Directors met with Darryl, Deb, and I to go over their proposed 2011 budgets line-by-line.  I invited Deb Didier to share a 60-second answer for what makes these budget hearings useful. – Dave Click here to watch the video from a KSB computer Chief Financial Officer Deb Didier shares the importance of comprehensive hearings for the 2011 budget.

KSB Cancer Care Program Receives Praise

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Sue Hageman, R.N. coordinates the Cancer Care program at KSB Hospital. We recently received a wonderful note describing the dedication and professionalism that Sue brings to her work. “I was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer and Sue has helped me tremendously. She’s answered any questions, helped with wigs, steered me in the right direction, and always with a smile. I too am a nurse but not all well informed on cancer. She is very knowledgeable and is the type of nurse I would want taking care of me. KSB should be proud of her. One can tell she loves … Read More

Introducing… the KSB Hospitalist Program

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I invited Dr. Tim Appenheimer to explain the Hospitalist program which launches next Monday.  With this new program, our goal is to efficiently use physician and staff time in order to improve patient care and satisfaction. – Dave You have almost certainly heard reports that KSB is preparing to implement a hospitalist program. You probably have a general idea what this means, but I would like to give you specifics regarding how a hospitalist program will look here at KSB. The first stage of the KSB Hospitalist program will become real on Monday, October 4. On this date, two physicians–Dr. … Read More