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

Partnering to provide world-class healthcare

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“The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion.“  KSB Hospital’s mission is to restore, maintain and enhance care by providing superior care now and in the future. We have a long history of expanding the care we provide by partnering with other organizations. Northern Illinois Home Medical Supply, with retail locations in Dixon as well as Sterling (pictured above) along with The Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center are examples of partnerships between KSB Hospital and CGH Medical Center. I wrote in this space earlier … Read More

Dr. Lewis shares AMA letter: Physicians are not providers: An open letter to the AMA and medical boards

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KSB Hospital’s Dr. Don Lewis is one of the most well-read, “big thinker” individuals I know.  Recently he shared this letter to the American Medical Association that presents an interesting perspective on our physician friends and colleagues: Dear AMA and state medical boards, The last few years have been a period of unprecedented change in the world of health care. The need to reign in costs, expand access, and ensure higher quality care — all at a time of rapid medical and technological advancements — has changed innumerable aspects of the practice of medicine. Throughout this, one common theme has … Read More

What the heck is AHEC? – By Teresa Strum, R.N.

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Area Health Education Center (AHEC’s) are federally funded educational opportunities located throughout the United States. KSB Hospital hosts the Center, based at The Center for Health Services – Polo, covering 14 counties in Northwest (NW) Illinois. NW AHEC services are available to employees, employee’s children, neighbors, or anyone in the Centers service area. What can we do for you? Health Career presentations – These are provided to schools for students to learn more about careers in health care. Camps – The Rural Health Careers Camp is held at Rockford University in June. This is a 4-day camp providing high school students with a … Read More

Recapping the 2015 Employee Meetings

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KSB Hospital takes time during the first week of December to host our annual employee meetings. Our team travels to the Dixon Theatre and provides our KSB family with a review of the current year and a look ahead to the next. During my portion of the presentation I took the opportunity to express my frustration. I had stood before this group last year at our employee meetings and shared that there is no active affiliation activity.  I have been transparent with this message at quarterly employee forums, at meals with the administrators, in our newsletter as well as on this blog. … 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

Changes and Challenges in healthcare today and how KSB is working to maintain its commitment to quality… by KSB Quality Director Mary Ann Green

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Patients come to KSB Hospital to feel better. Quality is assumed. As the new Director of Quality/Medical Staff at KSB Hospital, it is my job to make sure that assumption is correct. As a newcomer to this community, I am so happy to have found a very compassionate, quality-driven organization that focuses on its journey to becoming a Top 100 hospital in the country.  It is refreshing and exciting to witness the commitment of KSB to be a leader in healthcare services and a leader in quality healthcare results, as challenging as it can be. One challenge in healthcare is … Read More

Improving care to ICU patients – by Professional Development Group Member Becca Demmer, R.N.

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Early next year, our ICU will launch an exciting new program to enhance patient care. The eICU program, which is a partnership with OSF, will incorporate telemedicine into our bedside care. Three of our ICU rooms will have cameras and TVs that dedicated to eICU. KSB staff will be able to see and talk to an intensivist physician on the TV, and the physician will be able to see what is being done as it is happening. This technology will be especially useful in emergency situations. The eICU service will be available from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through … Read More