Practice Makes Perfect – KSB leads Illinois in CPR Initiative by KSB Volunteer Coordinator Grace Crowe

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Candace Lawson works on her infant CPR skills Acronyms are a common thing in the healthcare industry. A lot of the things that we do as healthcare professionals have an acronym attached to it. Even our job titles are in the form of acronyms, RN, CNA, MD. One exciting acronym, RQI, has made its way to KSB – also an acronym. RQI, Resuscitation Quality Improvement, is a new way to teach CPR skills to our staff. KSB is one of the first in the state of Illinois and across the nation to adopt this new technology-driven way to teach these … Read More

Partnering to provide world-class healthcare

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“The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion.“  KSB Hospital’s mission is to restore, maintain and enhance care by providing superior care now and in the future. We have a long history of expanding the care we provide by partnering with other organizations. Northern Illinois Home Medical Supply, with retail locations in Dixon as well as Sterling (pictured above) along with The Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center are examples of partnerships between KSB Hospital and CGH Medical Center. I wrote in this space earlier … Read More

What the heck is AHEC? – By Teresa Strum, R.N.

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Area Health Education Center (AHEC’s) are federally funded educational opportunities located throughout the United States. KSB Hospital hosts the Center, based at The Center for Health Services – Polo, covering 14 counties in Northwest (NW) Illinois. NW AHEC services are available to employees, employee’s children, neighbors, or anyone in the Centers service area. What can we do for you? Health Career presentations – These are provided to schools for students to learn more about careers in health care. Camps – The Rural Health Careers Camp is held at Rockford University in June. This is a 4-day camp providing high school students with a … Read More

Welcome to KSB – By Professional Development Group Member Alicia Carlson

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Ever wonder why the friendly faces at Check-In are ALWAYS asking the same monotonous questions and ALWAYS seem to want yet ANOTHER copy of those pesky insurance cards? There is a valid explanation to this tedious rigmarole. A proper Check-In is a crucial component to the success of the billing process. In this day and age, information can change in a heartbeat. In the Patient Access department, we take a proactive approach to staying ahead of the game in keeping with the most up-to-date information. No two accounts are the same, and there is no cookie-cutter way to check in … Read More

Putting my John Hancock on a new beginning

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There are numerous parts of my job as President and CEO of KSB Hospital that are very cool. Few are as off-the-charts fun as signing the birth certificate of newborn babies whose mom has chosen us as the place to begin a new life for her son or daughter. Historically, the birth certificates at KSB received a stamp with the CEO’s name. That didn’t feel right to me. Now, I sit at my desk and sign my name to the welcome mat for a brand new baby boy or girl to our wonderful community. I consider it a tremendous honor when … Read More

A Note from the Farmers’ Daughter – by KSB Board Member Katie Pratt

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Last week I stopped by my parents’ farm for lunch. Dad came in from morning chores with his finger wrapped in duct tape. Just another farm injury, like so many others, taken care of with what was handy — duct tape, wire, twine, super glue. Growing up a farm kid, I’ve seen it all, and now I witness My Farmer’s (i.e., my husband’s) doctoring skills often. My family often jokes about a farmer’s reluctance to see a doctor. But in reality, a farmer is just as concerned with health and well-being as the rest of us. KSB’s service area is … Read More

Hospital Ratings: Important but Confusing – by Suzanne Ravlin, KSB Senior Director of Human Resources & Quality

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There’s been a lot of talk about hospital ratings lately. That’s because it is more important than ever for patients to know how a hospital is performing. The public needs to find ways to hold hospitals accountable for their performance. That’s why so many websites are attempting to rate quality in healthcare. The more common hospital-rating websites include: U.S. News & World Report, the Leapfrog Group, Truven, Health Grades and many others. Hospital data is also reported to the state health department and on the federal-run Hospital Compare website. All of that means we at KSB Hospital must be prepared … Read More

Community Wellness at KSB by KSB Vice President of Business Development Kevin Marx

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In 2013, KSB Hospital undertook its first formal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Using evidence- based indicators of health status, a steering committee worked with hospital staff to identify and prioritize opportunities to influence and improve our community’s wellness through programming and interventions offered outside the hospital walls. Under the leadership of our Community Wellness Department, we are creating specific activities to address the health needs which were identified in the CHNA. Below are the selected priority need areas in 2015, followed by some examples of our efforts. Be on the look out for these initiatives — and if you … Read More

KSB and Sauk Valley C.C. – A History of Our Healthy Partnership

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Sauk Valley Community College and KSB have become two distinct landmarks situated within the Sauk Valley. While both institutions provide entirely separate services, their core missions and strategic visions are deeply rooted within serving our community and improving the quality of the many lives that reside within it. KSB accomplishes this by providing exceptional healthcare and service, while Sauk Valley Community College focuses on providing access to higher education and feeding the workforce pipeline. Over the years, Sauk Valley Community College has had a rich history of collaborating with KSB to stay current in today’s rapidly -evolving healthcare trends, provide … Read More