KSB Medical Mission – The Final Chapter

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My job for the KSB Medical Mission was very straightforward.  Bring back the same nine people that left the KSB parking lot on April 14th. Mission accomplished. To tie a bow around the trip, I would like to focus on three themes. The Peruvian People Pride, Dignity, Humor, Patience.  These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the people our team served.  The children are beautiful, and very happy.  The people are kind and grateful.  Even though our team’s inability to speak Spanish hampered communication, it was clear that the people were pleased … Read More

KSB Medical Mission – Day 8 – by Pratip Nag, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

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This is the story of a soccer ball. The night before I left Dixon, my sons Jacob and Dylan deflated a soccer ball for me to take to Peru. A father is always proud when his children emulate the same values – they had already sent different types of chocolates and more than hundred matchbox cars – so I happily packed the soccer ball.   On the way to Cusco I imagined different ways I could use the soccer ball to have fun with the kids and adults we will see.  I imagined us playing soccer with the kids or … Read More

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

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

KSB Hospital Accelerates Path Towards Top 100 Hospitals

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Hospitals can be dangerous places. According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States – behind cancer and heart disease.  In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 25 patients will contract at least one hospital-acquired infection during their stay. Every hospital says quality and patient safety is Job #1.  KSB Hospital proves it with data.  The attached image has an underlying theme that dots in the upper right quadrant are the goal.  The “C”, representing complications,  and “P”, representing patient safety, show … Read More

Rural Hospitals – Caring For Our Communities

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Our community suffered a horrific farm accident this week.  This follows far too closely on the heels of a house fire that claimed the lives of a family in late October. Rural hospitals play a special role in tragedies.  KSB Hospital’s team of professionals jump into action when a crisis hits, preparing as soon as news is heard of an event.  We train on a regular basis to be prepared to handle whatever comes our way, and when tragedy strikes we are ready to provide care.  The worse feeling is when we find out the injuries were simply too extreme … 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

Just Be Nice – I Want Your Thoughts

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Two important events converged into one thought process that I want to share with you.  I had the opportunity to speak to the Sauk Valley Leadership Group on the topic of community citizenship.  This meeting was followed two days later by the Illinois Hospital Association Transforming Illinois Task Force. A question from the Leadership Group asked what my greatest concern was for our community.  My response focused on societal acceptance of rude, disrespectful behavior.  We see it most visibly in the political process, and my belief is the behavior is becoming acceptable in the workplace. The IHA Task Force centered … Read More

Care You Need, When You Want It. KSB Increases Access to Patients through Extended Hours and Additional Weekend Appointments.

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Care You Need, When You Want It. KSB Increases Access to Patients through Extended Hours and Additional Weekend Appointments.   KSB Hospital knows that giving an outstanding patient experience requires providing more than just world-class clinical care. Not only do we want our patients to receive high quality care, but it’s important patients be seen when they want it, and need it. That’s why KSB Hospital has been working to expand clinic operation hours to entice new patients and make it more convenient for current patients to get an appointment. “It’s tough when you work full time Monday through Friday,” said … Read More