Welcome Linda Clemen!

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Linda Clemen, VP/Chief Nursing Officer Today we welcome Linda Clemen, VP/Chief Nursing Officer, for her first day on the job at KSB Hospital.  Linda is working with Carol Gugerty as Carol transitions to her December retirement. Linda comes to KSB Hospital with a notable healthcare career already under her belt.  Linda has worked in nursing in California, New Jersey, Texas, and most recently as executive director of critical care at Iowa Health in Des Moines. Linda has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in health administration.  She has more than a decade of experience in nurse leadership. … Read More

Teamwork Enables Smooth Transition

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Carol Gugerty wanted to share this special thank you with everyone who has played a role in the Surgery/ED addition and Open House. Your positive attitude and teamwork did not go unnoticed! – Dave  Carol Gugerty, VP/Chief Nursing Officer I would like to recognize and thank all of the nursing staff who were involved in the opening of our new patient care areas. After the exciting Sunday Open House we got down to the task of actually offering these services to our patients. The new area meant a change in the routine we were most comfortable with from registration to … Read More

Flu Vaccine: The Shot In The Arm We Need

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I invited Carol Gugerty to share the reasoning behind our active promotion of receiving an annual flu shot. Understand the facts, then plan a time to visit the flu shot clinic in the first floor annex conference room. – Dave Carol Gugerty, Chief Nursing Officer It’s hard to believe, but fall is quickly approaching.  You’ve seen all the signs: Halloween candy displays in stores, chilly mornings, football games, and, now, flu shot posters. We’re asking all employees to receive a flu shot during one of the upcoming flu shot clinics. Vaccination against the flu is an important part of making … Read More

An Important Announcement

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As much as all of us don’t want to think about it Carol Gugerty is reaching the end of her career at KSB.  Later this year Carol will retire after many successful years as the executive leader of our Nursing Division, and all of us continue to benefit from the improvements she has led. I’m excited to announce the newest member of our Administrative Staff.  Linda Clemen, RN, MS, CEN has accepted our offer to join the KSB Family.  Linda has a distinguished healthcare career and currently serves as the Executive Director of Critical Care, Emergency & Trauma Services, Hyperbaric … Read More

“Everyone knew what to do…”

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Carol Gugerty has a story of teamwork and quick-thinking that is a real tribute to the employees of KSB Hospital.  I invited her to share it here on The Pulse. – Dave Carol Gugerty, Chief Nursing Officer Around 6:30 a.m. Monday a few employees were arriving to start the work week, and a few were leaving after a night shift; just like a normal day.  But it wasn’t a normal day.  A man pulled in to the top of the parking deck with a very ill passenger.  Brandy from Lab was near her car when she was frantically flagged down … Read More

Great Training Calms Mile-High Medical Emergency

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Carol Gugerty told me this story to highlight the benefits of the excellent education program for employees.  She asked that we tell the story to praise the great teachers and trainers–I’m adding a pat on the back for Carol too. – Dave      Carol Gugerty, Chief Nursing Officer, recently returned from a trip out west where she took some well-deserved time off.  On her flight out, about an hour after leaving Chicago, a flight attendant came over the intercom and asked if there was a doctor or nurse onboard.  Carol flagged down the attendant and offered to help with whatever … Read More

KSB Hospital Helps Give the Gift of Life

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Organ donation operations not common at rural hospitals   DIXON, Ill. – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital was the site of an inspirational and life-saving organ donation procedure in January 2011. Physicians, nurses, and support staff participated in a series of operations that passed on the gift of life from a deceased patient to several recipients across the country. The story is as interesting as it is inspiring. “Little did I know when I got a call about a patient who was not expected to survive that we’d begin a 48-hour process that would result in the successful organ donation to … Read More

OB Dept. is Ahead of the Curve

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Special thanks to Carol Gugerty for bringing this story to my attention.  Starting next year, all hospitals will be required to educate new mothers on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Carol pointed out that we’ve been doing a comprehensive education program for our new mothers for years.  In the video below, Sandy Dennis was kind enough to talk about the education efforts in The BirthPlace. – Dave Click here to watch the video from a KSB computer Sandy Dennis shares the story of educating new mothers about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and how KSB Hospital has been offering this … Read More