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

Live from #2014SRMeeting

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Each year, leaders from small & rural hospitals gather in Springfield to discuss important topics in healthcare. We hear about quality initiatives, regulatory changes, patient experience successes, and legislative updates that directly impact our ability to serve our patients. This year, I’m live tweeting a collection of thoughts and useful links from the presentations. If you’re interested in what lies ahead for small & rural hospitals like KSB, follow along: Tweets by @dlschreiner !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+”://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

Create Something That Will Live Forever

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Illinois Hospital Association President Mary Jane Wurth recently wrote a tribute to Apple’s Steve Jobs.  She connects the dots between Apple’s success and the health care challenges standing before us. -Dave from Illinois Hospital Association President’s Blog by Maryjane Wurth “The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.” That’s my favorite quote by the late Steve Jobs, who was passionate about design, function and communication. For those of us who are passionate about health care, these are three keys to keep in mind as the transformation of our nation’s health care system continues. Design: Apple and … Read More

Quantity vs. Quality and Volume vs. Value

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Just this morning I read a quote on the topic of health reform from Maryjane Wurth, President of the Illinois Hospital Association. Mrs. Wurth commented “Incentives are moving from quantity to quality and from volume to value.” Quantity to Quality. In days past (OK, maybe its years past!) we were paid on a piecemeal basis. The more work we did the more we got paid. Eat what you kill. That compensation method does not necessarily apply today. KSB’s largest payor source is the government, including both federal and state. Mandated levels of quality in specific disease categories are required for … Read More