Remembering Mary Ann

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Smiles matter and the KSB Family lost a beautiful one recently with the passing of Mary Ann Shipman.  Mary Ann had a career at KSB Hospital that spanned 47 years.  Read that again… 47 YEARS!  Many of those years were served in the Dietary Department, where Mary Ann shared that smile with everyone that came her way. We work in a demanding business, and often a cheery word or a pat on the back matters.  Mary Ann was beautiful in distributing both. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Ann’s family as well as her Dietary team and all … Read More

A New Baby Bed – With an assist from Joan Melzer

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Many years ago KSB Hospital board member Joan Melzer was visiting family in an Obstetrics Unit in Green Bay (home of that other Central Division NFL franchise) and discovered a bassinet.  She brought back the information about the Europe-based company, yet we could never quite find the product that met our safety standards. Now we have an answer.  Click here to watch a short video. The photo attached shows your Leadership Team viewing the baby table that creates a safer environment and makes things easier for our new mothers. It took us a while, Joan.  Thanks for the idea and … Read More

Tickling The Ivories For KSB – And Improving Patient Safety At The Same Time

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Exciting things are happening in KSB Hospital’s Obstetrics Unit.  Construction continues to improve the public space available to KSB’s newest patients, as well as moms and dads and family members.  A nutrition station has been added to make mom more comfortable, and the Nurses’ Station was rebuilt to improving access to our staff.   Improvements to the Nursery are in progress.  Coming attractions include an update to the hallways as well as remodeling the patient rooms. Here is where you come in. Physical improvements to the Obstetrics Unit are great.  That’s where the magic of birth happens.  How the magic happens … Read More

Odin & The Penguin – Retaining Curiosity

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Our house recently acquired a puppy.  Please note that I did not say “bought” a puppy.  Our son, Andrew, bought a puppy. It seems as if there would be a big difference between us buying a dog and our son buying a dog. Not so much.  Odin is at our house. The penguin picture made me think of the way curiosity is at the leading edge of how young people, dogs, penguins, learn.  Odin is interested in everything.  He’s learning every second. When do we lose that hunger for curiosity?  How much greater could our impact on those we serve … Read More

I Am Great At Multitasking… Or Am I?

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I’m good at walking.  Assuming I started walking around 12 months of age, now I am 672 months of age, and guessing I have averaged a conservative 7,500 steps per day, that equates to 1,836,862,500 steps. I have walking down. I’m good at sending and receiving email.  Ray Tomlinson sent the first email in 1971.  Let’s assume that I was slow to catch on and didn’t launch my first email until 20 years later.  Assuming I have sent or received 100 emails per five-day week since 1991 that’s 702,000 emails. And that’s not even counting weekends. I have email down. … Read More

Many of the biggest moments of our lives happen in hospitals

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“Many of the biggest moments of our lives happen in hospitals.” A rural hospital CEO spoke this line at a conference I recently attended.  Births, medical diagnosis, treatment of acute injuries, significant procedures, and even death.  All items significant enough to deserve a notch in the timeline of our lives. And they happen at a hospital.  At a LOCAL hospital.  At YOUR hospital. In 2014 There were 2,489 freestanding hospitals in the United States.  Freestanding as defined by not belonging to a system.  Independent.  KSB Hospital is freestanding. In 2018 the number of freestanding hospitals has fallen to 2,053. This … Read More

Coming Soon To KSB Hospital… Even More Doctors!

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The mission of KSB Hospital is to restore, maintain and enhance health by providing superior care now and in the future.  Nothing is more critical, or frankly more challenging, to realizing that vision than ensuring our community has access to the best physicians and advance practice providers (APPs) right here at home.  Recruiting caregivers to a rural setting has always been a long and competitive process, and with recent studies projecting the current shortage of doctors to increase to more than 100,000 nationwide in the next decade, it’s likely to get even more challenging to attract the best talent. Understanding … Read More

Memorial Day Thoughts

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As we embark upon Memorial Day weekend, I want to share observations from an event I attended in Washington, DC this week.  I was honored to be present at the retirement ceremony for Brigadier General Jay Burks, as he ended his career with the United States Air Force.  KSB’s leadership team will remember General Burks from his compelling presentation at our Leader Development Institute.  Getting to know Jay and his wife, Valerie, has been one of the highlights of my career.  They are among the most brilliant, loving, fun people I have ever met, and I am thrilled for them … Read More

Celebrating Hospital Week – What Makes KSB Successful?

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As Hospital Week 2018 concludes, I offer my sincere appreciation to the members of the KSB Family for everything you do that defines our culture and allows miracles to happen every day at KSB Hospital. As I pause and reflect on all the blessings of Hospital Week, I ask what attributes lead to success for an independent, rural hospital? Dedicated physicians that place the patient first. Always; Caregivers that blend attention to detail resulting in safe care delivered with big hearts that recognize the value of the people they care for as well as their colleagues; Support Team Members that create … Read More

KSB Medical Mission – The Final Chapter

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My job for the KSB Medical Mission was very straightforward.  Bring back the same nine people that left the KSB parking lot on April 14th. Mission accomplished. To tie a bow around the trip, I would like to focus on three themes. The Peruvian People Pride, Dignity, Humor, Patience.  These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the people our team served.  The children are beautiful, and very happy.  The people are kind and grateful.  Even though our team’s inability to speak Spanish hampered communication, it was clear that the people were pleased … Read More