Evolving from “sick care” to Community Wellness

Here’s a letter I recently sent out to our Board of Directors, a group of KSB employees, and community leaders regarding our ongoing Community Health Improvement Project.


I want to thank you for your continuing support for KSB’s Community Health Improvement Project. Beginning in 2012 you have allocated resources that have allowed us to serve a wide-ranging demographic in the communities we care for. 

We are making a difference. Operation Move To Win has resulted in over 2,000 lbs. of weight lost in the first two months. That means less chronic disease and healthier families. We have visited schools in all of our communities. We are partnering with employers across the Sauk Valley. 

This article tells a story of a Big Hairy Audacious Goal of a community not unlike ours: Eliminate Heart Attacks. 

I will be working with our Medical Staff, Board, Administrative Team, Employees, Local Health Departments and Community Leaders over the next several months to find and define our dream. 

KSB Hospital is beginning an important evolution from “sick care” to “community wellness”. This represents a clear course of action consistent with our strategic dream (it’s not a strategic plan anymore) and aligned with a national agenda that is becoming increasing louder. 

I want to hear your big ideas. I want your input. I look forward to the journey.

– Dave

1 Comment
  • Kathy Spong
    Posted at 14:34h, 22 March Reply

    Good morning !
    I was stopped by some ladies on the walking track a couple days ago and they were chatting as we walked. I was asked to bring a couple things to administrations attention, so here goes… The walking track is greatly appreciated by the community as it provides a place for them to walk all year around and it is safer than the sidewalks 🙂 On the downside, it is dingy, dirty, depressing and just a huge eyesore. These ladies were very complimentory towards KSB , speaking both positives and negatives. As much as KSB is community oriented, CGH leads in community wellness ( in their oppinion) because of the wellness programs offered~ Women out walking and the 2 for 1 mammograms. These ladies were a joy to walk with, many laughs shared and as promised, I am sharing their thoughts.

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