Secretary of State Jesse White Visits KSB Hospital

KSB Hospital Recognized for Participation in Organ Donations

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DIXON, Ill. – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital hosted Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White Wednesday for a luncheon, tour, and press conference in recognition of organ donation participants. KSB Hospital took part in a comprehensive organ donation procedure in January, including a rare heart procurement.
“We were honored to host Secretary White. It was a great opportunity for us to recognize the excellent work that our physicians, nurses, and staff do on a daily basis,” said Rick Curia, Chairman of the KSB Hospital Board of Directors.
Administrators, department directors, and nurses joined White for a luncheon in the Board Room.  White personally thanked those in attendance for their participation in the recent procedure.
“Organ donations can be challenging and stressful, but every employee stepped up and did their job well,” said Carol Gugerty, Chief Nursing Officer, “We’re lucky to have such good people on our team.”
A tour group then went to the Intensive Care Unit, the Medical/Surgical Unit, and the newly-opened Emergency Department to greet employees, patients, and families.
“I was impressed by how genuine and caring Secretary White was with everyone he met,” said President/CEO Dave Schreiner, “He’s made organ donation his personal mission.  You can really see his passion for helping others.”
White and Schreiner led a press conference before a sizable crowd at the conclusion of the afternoon visit.  White described the functions of his office and shared some personal stories of organ donors and recipients. Also speaking were representatives from Gift of Hope organ donor network, the Illinois Eye Bank, and the mother of an organ donor.
Secretary White is a strong supporter of organ donation. He chose to visit KSB Hospital to recognize the physicians, nurses, and support staff who participated in a comprehensive organ donation in early 2011.  The Secretary of State’s office maintains a database of more than 5.7 million Illinoisans who have pledged to donate organs or tissue.  Some 5,000 Illinoisans are currently on the organ recipient waiting list.
KSB Hospital is an 80-bed acute care facility offering a variety of ancillary services. From obstetrics to orthopedics, from home health care to the cardiac services laboratory, KSB offers programs that reflect our desire to meet the growing, changing needs of those we serve and to remain focused on the picture of health.  For more information, visit

1 Comment
  • Trese McNinch
    Posted at 13:13h, 23 June Reply

    This was an unusual, tragic and wonderful circumstance the our small rural hospital had to opportunity to be a part of. Lets not forget about the induviduals who did their part to help make this happen. While for most of us our day ends at 4 or 5 these people came in on call after hours to help give new life. Let's give special recognition to; Dr. Sashi Patel, Danette Wiggins, Tracie Kuchel, Laura Knopp, Sheila Bender, and Liz Mock. These individuals did everything from taking care of the patient on the floor untill the surgery team got here to aiding in the actual harvest of the organs to organizing all the instruments for use. Without these individuals this event could not have happened. Lest we not foget the patient and his family for without him being an organ donor, this also could not have been made possible.

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