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

The Wave of Healthcare Change

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“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” – General Eric Shinseki, retired Chief of Staff, U.S. Army For those of us who work in healthcare, change comes in waves. And it needs to, because U.S. citizens pay too much to be ranked 37th among world health systems, trailing Costa Rica and barely edging out Slovenia (Source: World Health Organization). The problem is, these waves often must move a lot of people, in a lot of organizations across the country, before patients ever see the impact. For example, KSB Hospital receives 57 percent of its revenue … Read More

Scuff Marks and Why What We Do Matters

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I just finished what our Housekeeping Director refers to as my “scuff tour”. My walk around our facilities and rubbing out scuff marks on our floors. I stopped and talked to an elderly lady standing by herself waiting for her friend to pick her up for a ride home. She had completed a procedure with Dr. Rydzynski. She adjusted her glasses and looked up. First she grabbed me by my tie and told me to “never get rid of Dr. Rydzynski… don’t you ever let him leave Dixon!” She then shared with me that she finally has “all KSB doctors” … Read More

The Electronic Health Record at KSB by Chief Administrative Officer Julie Mann

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The last few years have been highly active when it comes to introducing more IT to healthcare, and KSB is investing more time and money into technology. When changing or adding to our current processes, we always must first consider the impact and benefits of technology as it has become more embedded in our operations. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital collection of a patient’s health information, compiled at one or more meetings with care providers. A patient’s record typically includes his/her basic demographic information, progress notes, past medical history, medications, vital signs, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology … Read More

Healthcare Reform: A Local Approach To A National Debate

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“An interdisciplinary healthcare approach orchestrated in a caring, coordinated manner is doable and achievable, within our grasp and ultimately within our budget through evidence-based interdisciplinary prevention strategies and true care coordination with an emphasis on improving outcomes along with the overall patient experience.” Well now… that seems easy, doesn’t it? What is easy is investing just 6 minutes and 45 seconds to gain a better understanding of the healthcare debate in our country. Give it a shot by clicking here to watch this video. As you can see, healthcare reform is certainly not easy, but it is achievable. Hospitals and … Read More

My (Long) Commitment to KSB Hospital

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My first experience in a hospital setting was in Morris, Illinois in 1983 as a summer intern at Morris Hospital.  My goal was add to my academic work as a health education major at Eastern Illinois University in that hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. What I ended up doing for the summer was cleaning whirlpools. What I learned was that I loved the hospital environment and wanted to be a part of it. Fast forward to 1989 and my first position at KSB Hospital.  I was hired to be the Supervisor of Medical Imaging. It didn’t take me long to get … Read More