It’s Parade Season!

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Do you recognize your co-workers in the picture?  This merry band of fruits represented KSB in the Mt. Morris parade on the 4th of July.  Reports are that it was cool and breezy in those costumes. From left to right the perky produce are Mary Helfrich as the pineapple, Crystal Southerland as Carmen Miranda 1, Mary Hildebrand as the carrot, Jean Suneson as Carmen Miranda 1, Carrie Grobe as the Carrot with an Attitude, and Marjie Lundquist as the banana. Want to get involved?  Join us on Sunday, July 8th for the Dixon Petunia Festival Parade.  Arrive at 12:30 on … Read More

Update on Strategic Planning

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You may recall that at the beginning of 2012 KSB Hospital embarked on a process of strategic planning. It has been nearly a decade since we undertook this endeavor, and with the ongoing changes in the national healthcare environment, now is the right time to look ahead and make plans for our organization. I want to give you an update on the work that has already taken place. Nine separate categories were created to feed into the overall KSB strategic plan. These included areas as like information technology, demographics, facility planning, quality and others.  Work teams led by your vice … Read More

KSB Hospital Supports Relay for Life

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I invited Julie Mann to share some information on the upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. – Dave KSB Hospital is a Presenting Sponsor of the Lee County Relay for Life and the Ogle County Relay for Life. For 2012, we will have one KSB team participating in the Dixon event as the number of team members is not limited!   In 2012 KSB is pleased to once again be a primary sponsor in both Lee and Ogle County.  Our last year’s employee total contribution raised was approximately $8000, so we want to make sure we at … Read More

Congratulations To Our Board Chairman

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KSB Board President Rick Curia has been named the 2012 Dixon Citizen of the Year.  Rick is the owner of Ken Nelson Auto Plaza on Galena Avenue in Dixon and has served as KSB Board President since January 1, 2011. Rick invests a tremendous amount of time, energy and effort in making KSB Hospital a better place for patients to receive care.  I am extremely thankful for his mentoring and generous willingness to share his experiences in an effort to make me a better leader. Congratulations Rick from all of your KSB Family! -Dave

Name it!

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I asked Aaron Fox to share some information on a new project we’re undertaking in 2012. It doesn’t have a name yet, but if you read through this post, you’ll see that’s where you come in. – Dave  Aaron Fox, Director of Safety and Property Management Beginning in 2012, KSB Hospital will launch a new initiative designed to “enhance the health of our community”, as our mission calls us to do.  This initiative, which you’ll help name, will work with community agencies, schools, and local employers to offer wellness services throughout our service area. These services include things like blood … Read More

Hosting a Community Forum

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You may have seen the signs or noticed a tour group walking around the hospital early this morning. The Administrative Team hosted a Community Forum in which local leaders joined us for a 7 a.m. breakfast and discussion of how KSB Hospital can best meet the needs of our community. We were fortunate to hear from government officials, leaders of not-for-profits, business owners, and educators about what KSB Hospital can do to be the best place for patients to receive care and how we can contribute to building strong cities and towns. They shared a great deal of information with … Read More

Home Care Department In Perfect Health

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Increased heart rate, rapid respiration, instant perspiration… signs of a heart attack, or did IDPH just show up to inspect your department?  Katie Van Stedum, Director of Home Care/Hospice, shared some details: KSB Home Health Care was surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health the week of August 8. The surveyors were with us for four days. During that time, they reviewed several patient charts and looked at our policies and the organization as a whole. They also did six home visits with nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and a home health aide. The surveyors were very positive about … Read More

Dixon Main Street Lunch & Learn

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  I have the pleasure of bragging about all of you and the amazing work you do this week at a community presentation for Dixon Main Street at their monthly Lunch & Learn. I thought you might be interested in a sneak preview of my notes: · CEO transition on April 1. I became the 23rd CEO since 1897 · Community’s first choice for health services · Focus on the Patient Experience · Completion of a 30,000 sq. ft., $16 million addition scheduled to open in September. Open house Sept. 18 · The new addition brings the total of KSB … Read More

Summer Fun

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Oh the weather outside is…HOT! It’s the middle of July and we’re all sweating under the heat and humidity of summer–and the forecast doesn’t promise much relief. But despite the heat, summer is a pretty enjoyable time of year. The kids are out of school, community festivals happen every weekend, sweet corn is ready to eat, and the sun shines well into the evening. We all have our own favorite part of summer. Dr. Strom shared these photos of Dr. Tarsha “weeding his beloved carrots”  and enjoying the fresh summer air and sunshine. What’s your favorite summer event or activity?  … Read More

Secretary of State Jesse White Visits KSB Hospital

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KSB Hospital Recognized for Participation in Organ Donations Click here to view a collection of photos from the event DIXON, Ill. – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital hosted Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White Wednesday for a luncheon, tour, and press conference in recognition of organ donation participants. KSB Hospital took part in a comprehensive organ donation procedure in January, including a rare heart procurement. “We were honored to host Secretary White. It was a great opportunity for us to recognize the excellent work that our physicians, nurses, and staff do on a daily basis,” said Rick Curia, Chairman of the … Read More