Buildings and Ideas Sometimes Need Remodeling

Our newest Vice President, Dr. Tim Appenheimer, wrote about organizational changes.  Both buildings and ideas need remodeling from time to time.
– Dave

Dr. Tim Appenheimer, VP/Chief Medical Officer

Like many community hospitals, KSB’s physical plant has evolved over time. Since the original building went into service in 1897, major additions came in 1928, 1941, 1960, 1970, 1988, 1992 and 2010-11. Smaller modifications and reconfiguring have occurred constantly. The KSB building we currently use is the culmination of these decades of additions and remodeling.

Many of us have seen Judy Dixon’s 1997 centennial painting of modern day KSB with a faint shadow of the 1897 building superimposed. When it was new, this building must have been beautiful and highly functional.

Where is the 1897 building now? Gone! Architecture changed. Technology changed. Medical practice changed. Nursing practice changed. Patients’ needs and expectations changed. At some point in time, it became impossible to provide state-of-the-art medical care in that building. When a structure on our campus no longer helps us to provide the best for our patients, it is removed or remodeled.

Could the same is true of our thoughts and habits surrounding the delivery patient care?

Some of the ideas, assumptions, and habits that have served our patients well for decades may be in need of remodeling. Maybe some of our organizational architecture and some of our old comfortable mental structures could use some updating. Perhaps some ideas that you and I have held dear for years have slowly become dilapidated and unsafe and are now simply beyond repair!

And yet, some of the old foundations remain strong and functional…

Over the next several months, we will be looking for ideas to help us “add on” to the safety and reliability of the care we provide at KSB. We will be looking for ways to “remodel” the experience that our patients have at KSB.

Want to help? Keep checking The Pulse…

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