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 Corporate Wellness Team reaching out directly to the community

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While the bulk of KSB employees are busy caring for and supporting patients in our hospital and clinic sites across the community, I’m excited to share that our Corporate Wellness team has been busy the last few weeks at some of our area’s largest companies; BorgWarner and Wahl Clipper. On February 17, nearly 200 employees of BorgWarner attended one of six 30-minute presentations led by the KSB Hospital Corporate Wellness team and KSB Medical Group Physician Assistant Courtney Teller. Teller spoke about the importance of preventative healthcare checks and encouraged employees to take advantage of their free annual physical. To … Read More

KSB After Dark, by Nursing Coordinator Jill Scheffler

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At KSB Hospital, like many health care settings, having staffed to work the night shift is crucial to maintaining quality patient care. While working the night shift may not appeal to all nurses; some thoroughly enjoy the setting. According to Navigate Nursing, 30 percent of nurses work the night shift and choose it for greater personal flexibility or higher pay compared to daytime jobs. Nurses claim calmer floors, increased patient-oriented care, and the opportunity to practice more autonomously as reasons for choosing to work overnight. Have you ever wondered what happens on the night shift at KSB Hospital? Do you … Read More

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

Can young physicians receive top-notch family medicine specialty training in a rural environment?

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  “Can young physicians receive top-notch family medicine specialty training in a rural environment?” “Will these young physicians choose to work in a rural environment after graduation?” More than a dozen years ago, KSB Hospital and the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford (UICOM-R) answered both of these questions with a tentative “Yes.” The resulting collaboration gave birth to the Dixon Rural Training Track in Family Medicine (Dixon RTT). In the intervening years, sixteen freshly-minted family physicians have moved successfully from the Dixon RTT into the workforce as board-certified family medicine physicians with a U of I residency certificate. This … 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

What is Leadership?

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What is leadership? It can mean different things to different people. Below are some thoughts Mike Sarno (Physical Therapy) saw in a class he’s taking and shared with us here on The Pulse. – Dave Leadership is the willingness to put one’s self at risk.Leadership is the passion to make a difference for othersLeadership is being dissatisfied with the current realityLeadership is taking responsibility while others are making excusesLeadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitationsLeadership is the readiness to stand out in the crowdLeadership is an open mind and an open heartLeadership is … Read More

KSB Hospital Welcomes Native American Pathway Project

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We had a unique opportunity last week to host representatives of several Native American groups who are considering a partnership with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. As always, our guests spoke with some outstanding physicians and employees and came away with a great impression of the KSB Spirit. Below is a press release with the story. – Dave DIXON, Ill. – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital welcomed guests from Native American communities in Wyoming and northern California as a part of a joint venture with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford designed to promote … Read More