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

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

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

Who makes up KSB Hospital’s board of directors?

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“This ordinance, dated November 1, 1895, stated that the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, appoint a board of nine women directors chosen from the citizens at large, which would be authorized to accept the donations of money and real or personal property in the name of the hospital.” Some things have changed since that original charter written 120 years ago creating the first board of directors for KSB Hospital. Today’s board is comprised of four women and seven men. And we still accept the donations of money and real or personal property! Here are the dedicated men and … Read More

The President’s Office – by Assistant to the CEO Michele Carr

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Receiving a call from the “president’s office” is often compared to being called in by “the principal,” and it can cause an unsettling feeling. In fact, my first experience with this was for an interview for my current position, Administrative Assistant to the CEO. And, although it was more than 20 years ago, I still recall that uneasy feeling. At KSB, however, I can tell you that the exact opposite is true — at least that is my goal as the keeper of this door! I would like to say that, even if someone comes in with that uneasy feeling, … 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

Putting my John Hancock on a new beginning

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There are numerous parts of my job as President and CEO of KSB Hospital that are very cool. Few are as off-the-charts fun as signing the birth certificate of newborn babies whose mom has chosen us as the place to begin a new life for her son or daughter. Historically, the birth certificates at KSB received a stamp with the CEO’s name. That didn’t feel right to me. Now, I sit at my desk and sign my name to the welcome mat for a brand new baby boy or girl to our wonderful community. I consider it a tremendous honor when … Read More

A Note from the Farmers’ Daughter – by KSB Board Member Katie Pratt

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Last week I stopped by my parents’ farm for lunch. Dad came in from morning chores with his finger wrapped in duct tape. Just another farm injury, like so many others, taken care of with what was handy — duct tape, wire, twine, super glue. Growing up a farm kid, I’ve seen it all, and now I witness My Farmer’s (i.e., my husband’s) doctoring skills often. My family often jokes about a farmer’s reluctance to see a doctor. But in reality, a farmer is just as concerned with health and well-being as the rest of us. KSB’s service area is … Read More

Physician Alignment

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This week I participated in the IHA Leadership Summit, along with members of the KSB Board and administration and leaders from hospitals across Illinois. As a part of the Summit, I was part of a panel discussion on Hospital-Physician Alignment. What does that mean? Basically, it’s an ongoing effort to ensure that the hospital organization and physicians have open communication, understand each others’ perspectives, share common goals, and work together to achieve those goals. It means that it’s not Hospital vs. Physicians, it’s a joint Hospital-Physician team. What do you think Hospital-Physician Alignment looks like in your department? From left … Read More