Dixon Nice

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I grew up in a town of 4,200 people.  I fully admit to having a small-town bias.  And I love Dixon and the small communities in KSB’s service area. As a kid, I knew I appreciated a neighbor giving me a ride home when I crashed my bike on the other side of town.  As a teenager, I was well aware that the threat from a police officer to tell my dad was way scarier than the threat of a ticket. I love the Petunia Festival, Autumn On Parade, Town & Country Days, Depot Days, as well as all the … 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

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

“I Am Blessed” by KSB Hospital Nurse Leader Jill Scheffler, RN

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As the holidays fast approach us, we all are running around decorating, shopping, wrapping, and baking like crazy people. I am one of those crazy people, trying to organize my life so that Christmas this year is the perfect miracle.  Why am I doing this to myself?  Well this year I am blessed to spend some of my Christmas Day here at KSB working as many healthcare professional do on the holidays.  I am not being sarcastic when I say “I am blessed” to be working on Christmas Day because I get to do what I love “taking care of … Read More

What Is A “Tweener”?

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The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) has an interesting classification for hospitals that are smaller than academic medical centers, yet larger than critical access hospitals. IHA calls us “tweeners”. We fall between the previously mentioned groups.  Hospitals in addition to KSB Hospital that fall into this group include CGH Medical Center in Sterling , Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon, and Morris Community Hospital. Earlier this week I attended one of the quarterly meetings of the Tweener group in Springfield. I find the content and relationships incredibly helpful. This session’s topics included the role of population health in a rural setting, IHA advocacy … Read More

How is KSB doing?

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A great friend of mine asked me one of my favorite questions recently: How is KSB doing? This question gives me the opportunity to share where our organization is and where we are going. As you will see, I am excited about the present as well as the future. My job is to make sure patients that choose KSB have a tremendous experience. I define the patient experience as world-class quality care in a welcoming environment, all provided at a reasonable cost. So how is KSB doing? Quality Care: KSB was recently named a 4-Star hospital by the Centers for … Read More

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association leads the push for a healthier State

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The Illinois Hospital Association has a group called “Transforming Illinois Healthcare.” I am fortunate to be one of fourteen CEO’s from around the State of Illinois to participate in this group. The goal of the task force is hefty: To support each person’s quest for optimum health, all individuals and communities have access to high-quality health care at the right time in the right setting. Headwinds increasing the complexity of achieving the goal are significant. Our emergency departments are used as primary care clinics.  Patients frequent urgent care centers instead of forming relationships with primary care physicians.  Mental health issues … Read More

Does social media work? A CEO’s Dilemma

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Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram. These are but a few of the available mediums for communication. Are any of them effective? A 2014 study by Social Media Examiner shows “92% of marketers have increased their exposure through social media and 80% had positive results in higher traffic to their site.”  According to the study, increased traffic results in greater brand loyalty, marketplace insights, growing business partnerships and improved sales. That’s great if we are selling golf balls, but does if matter if we are selling hospital services? Image matters. KSB Hospital has built our reputation over 120+ years.  It … 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