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

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

Keeping Care Affordable at KSB – by KSB Chief Administrative Officer Julie Mann

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At KSB, we understand our role is to be here for the community we serve. After all, our mission is to restore, maintain and enhance the health of the community. There are many moving parts to carrying out this mission. In order to make a difference in your lives, we must focus on the things that matter — like providing superior care, recruiting and maintaining outstanding caregivers, and providing them with the high-quality tools and equipment they need. All of this requires continual investment. Innovations in medicine have improved recovery and quality of life for millions of people, but those … Read More

Improving Patient Access – by KSB Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen

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Access is a key part of the KSB strategic plan. In any setting, access is critical to keeping our community healthy, and happy. If you have ever moved to a new community and found yourself in need of establishing with a new health system, you know just how important access is. It could be for that terrible cold you caught, your kids’ school physical, or just a routine checkup – but each of these situations holds some sense of urgency, and this means a need for better access. KSB began its journey to increase access last December when Katherine, our … 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

Value-based Purchasing – The KSB Way by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen

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What is value-added care (besides one of the healthcare industry’s biggest buzzwords) and what does it mean for KSB? Here’s a little background:. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obamacare), healthcare system in the United States is moving from volume-based (the number of patients hospitals see) to value-based (outcomes based on quality care, health management, processes, and the patient experience). This shift puts the expectation on hospitals and clinics to not only provide these initiatives, but do so at a lower cost. The transformation from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care, in which quality metrics are tracked, is … 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

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”);