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

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

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

ED Teamwork Shows in eSOAR Go Live

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How do you implement a change in a department with no predictable census, a wide range of acuity, and around the clock staffing needs? With a lot of teamwork and collaboration. “The KSB Emergency Department works so well together as a team,” said Director Sue Prosch, “It’s been incredible to see it on display this week.” The ED was one of the first departments to use the eSOAR system after the midnight go-live. Given the unpredictable and fast-paced nature of the department, the staff had to be ready for any circumstance. Since the implementation, the ED Team has tackled a … Read More

“Thank you for your wonderful staff and doctors on 4th Floor”

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Every day many of you deal with unique and unpredictable clinical situations. We received this letter from a patient describing how she went from visitor to patient and had an excellent experience in both settings. Thank you to all who bring professionalism and compassion to the unique challenges that arise each day. – Dave To the administration at KSB Hospital:  I know people are always ready to write a letter to complain about their time at the hospital and too many times the good parts are never told so this is the reason for this letter.  On Friday, July 13, … Read More

“She was in the best of hands.”

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We hear stories all the time from satisfied patients and families, and these stories have special significance when they’re from one of our own. Mary Mahan-Deatherage shared this with me following a recent experience with her mother. – Dave My family would like to thank all the skilled professionals who cared for my mother, Laura Mahan, recently. A very traumatic experience turned out to be a life saving miracle.  From the emergency medical services that were at our house within minutes, to the team that met us at the ED door, the process was swift, efficient and instilled confidence that … 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

“We are all a part of it…”

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Another great example of excellent patient care and how it calms both the patient and the family.  Reading about how the people of KSB Hospital make a difference never gets old. – Dave Dave, I want to share a story with you. My Uncle had been to Iowa City and Rockford Hospital for cardiac symptoms that he had been experiencing for almost a year. He saw the best doctors, had every test imaginable, and still no answers. Against his wishes he was brought in, by family, to the KSB E.D for chest pain. The care he received from Dr. Hayat … Read More

A New Perspective on Patient Care

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We put a lot of effort and passion into patient satisfaction and clinical quality, but it’s still a whole different ballgame when it’s our loved one in the emergency room. Grace Crowe, Human Resources, shared this letter with me. What a touching reminder of how important our work is. – Dave Dave, Recently, my father was a patient in the Emergency Department. I wanted to take a quick moment and recognize those that made our experience here more manageable during this difficult time. My father was brought here early on a Sunday morning with symptoms of a stroke. He showed … Read More