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 7 – By Our Healthcare Professionals

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Today’s post shares the experiences of KSB Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen, R.N., Marissa Frost, R.N., Social Worker Julie Ammon, and Pharmacy Director Luke Herbert, PharmD. How does care in Cusco differ from KSB? The foundations of nursing, social services, and pharmacy in the US is to care, be kind and give the patient the best medicine to promote healing and health. The focus in Cusco, Peru is the same, only with limited resources. As nurses, we didn’t understand the language and we needed the physicians to utilize the interpreters, so we were left with nonverbal communication, caring touch, … 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

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

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

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