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

Welcome to KSB – By Professional Development Group Member Alicia Carlson

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Ever wonder why the friendly faces at Check-In are ALWAYS asking the same monotonous questions and ALWAYS seem to want yet ANOTHER copy of those pesky insurance cards? There is a valid explanation to this tedious rigmarole. A proper Check-In is a crucial component to the success of the billing process. In this day and age, information can change in a heartbeat. In the Patient Access department, we take a proactive approach to staying ahead of the game in keeping with the most up-to-date information. No two accounts are the same, and there is no cookie-cutter way to check in … 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

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

Thank You from the ED Staff

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We, the ED staff on 9/11, would like to THANK ALL of you who helped during our multi victim car accident. Donna Sandoval, nursing coordinator, did a fantastic job of pulling staff and equipment for our use.  We started a “star card” but after we all talked, realized there were far too many people to put on a card. While we could never thank each one, as so many things happened that we aren’t even aware of, we would like to try. Thank you to all of the staff that stayed past their normal work day: Annette-registration, Shonda- ED tech, … Read More