Recapping the 2015 Employee Meetings

David Schreiner Head ShotKSB 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.

I repeated the message this year.

KSB is not closing. We are not merging.

In fact, KSB has added skilled, personable physicians in 2015. Dr. Johnson, Dr. Fulton, Dr. Palmer, Dr. Shaker, Dr.Sorenson, to name a few.

KSB has hired a seasoned, experienced Chief Financial Officer in Tony Evers. Our organization is currently supporting 14 registered nurses working their way towards Bachelor’s Degrees. KSB’s Board of Directors offered me a contract extension that I have accepted. The administration will be taking a 2016 budget that includes $4 million in additional net revenue that is based on increased activity in the second half of 2015 as KSB’s physicians embrace our +2 initiative to increase access for our patients.

These are the things successful health systems do.

I begin every day by asking myself the question “how can we best serve our patients?”.

With our team members comprising the KSB family, I look forward to continuing to meet that challenge in the years ahead.

  • Jason Brusky
    Posted at 14:53h, 03 December Reply

    Thank you for keeping us informed. I have thought you have conveyed that we are not closing very well at the Forums and last year’s meeting, so I am not sure why the rumors otherwise continue to come out.

  • Trese McNinch
    Posted at 11:40h, 07 December Reply

    While the December meetings are usually highly informative I was surprisingly dissapointed in one small detail overlooked this year, question and answer time at the end of the meeting. The first part of the meeting talks about “engaging” within the employees since that was a large place where we fell off in the surveys, yet the most opportune time for all higher management to engage in employee questions, comments, or concerns was not available at the December meeting. I know many people had many questions that had nothing to do with closing, merging, etc, that wasn’t covered at the meeting. If we are truly going to engage the employees and upper management then please don’t forget about the opportunities to engage with them. Thank you for all the information and looking forward to a great 2016.

    • ksbpulse
      Posted at 12:45h, 07 December Reply


      I understand your perspective. We meet four times per year with the Employee Forums and dedicate 1/3 of the time to Q & A. I made the decision to not have Q & A this time at the Employee Meetings because of the size of the theatre and the difficulty in hearing everyone.

      I am always open to a phone call, visit to my office or an email. There is even a link on this site. I respond to all emails within 24 hours. I would welcome the chance to come to your department meeting.

      I want to hear your questions and have the opportunity to respond. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


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