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

Accepting The Award Is… Partnering To Improve Mental Health

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It is said that when a football team wins the quarterback gets too much credit, and when they lose the QB gets too much blame.  The same might be said for hospital CEO’s. A few weeks ago KSB Hospital was recognized by Sinnissippi Centers, a community mental health provider, as their Partner of the Year. Mental health touches a significant percentage of any community’s citizens.  I am extremely proud of the work KSB Hospital and our clinical team, led by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen, has done in improving the diagnosis and treatment of those impacted. All I did was … Read More

Just Be Nice – I Want Your Thoughts

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Two important events converged into one thought process that I want to share with you.  I had the opportunity to speak to the Sauk Valley Leadership Group on the topic of community citizenship.  This meeting was followed two days later by the Illinois Hospital Association Transforming Illinois Task Force. A question from the Leadership Group asked what my greatest concern was for our community.  My response focused on societal acceptance of rude, disrespectful behavior.  We see it most visibly in the political process, and my belief is the behavior is becoming acceptable in the workplace. The IHA Task Force centered … Read More

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

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New Year’s provides us all a chance to think about what we’ve been through, where we are today, and what lies ahead for the coming year. Some things change dramatically over time, but our core principles remain. Here at KSB, our job today is as it has always been: to provide the best possible care for our patients. No two patients are the same. Some encounter KSB in a doctor’s office, some in the Emergency Department, and some during a hospital stay. Regardless of the setting, when a patient enters our doors, they’re looking for competence, compassion, caring, and respect. … 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

Keeping Care Affordable at KSB – by KSB Chief Administrative Officer Julie Mann

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At KSB, we understand our role is to be here for the community we serve. After all, our mission is to restore, maintain and enhance the health of the community. There are many moving parts to carrying out this mission. In order to make a difference in your lives, we must focus on the things that matter — like providing superior care, recruiting and maintaining outstanding caregivers, and providing them with the high-quality tools and equipment they need. All of this requires continual investment. Innovations in medicine have improved recovery and quality of life for millions of people, but those … Read More