May 15, 2017
From Washington to Dixon – An Interesting Week
Last week started with a visit to Washington, D.C. for The American Hospital Association Annual Meeting and ended with Hospital Week right back here in Dixon. There were some interesting moments along the way.
KSB Hospital’s board chair, Doug Lee, accompanied me to DC. Doug began his legal career in Washington, and I had the opportunity to meet some of his former colleagues. Listening to stories of going to book release parties with Bill and Hilary Clinton in attendance makes life in Dixon seem a bit routine.
Tuesday was highlighted by a speech b FBI Director James Comey, which was immediately followed by his dismissal the following day by President Trump. Talk of “Watergate II” seems a bit more real when you are within a couple miles of the Watergate Building.
A highlight of the trip was a private tour of the Pentagon by a fellow member of The American College of Healthcare Executives board of directors, Brigadier General Jay Burks. Doug and I, along with ACHE Past Chairman Ed Lamb, President & CEO of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, walked the halls of the Pentagon and took in Jay’s passion for military service of our country. General Burks will be visiting Dixon later this year to address our leadership team.
Later in the week KSB Hospital held a press conference announcing the purchase of The Midland States Bank Building in downtown Dixon, and the subsequent naming as The Lovett Center at KSB Hospital, in honor of a family that has greatly influenced Dixon’s growth and prosperity.
And, saving the best for last, Employee Appreciation Day wrapped up the week back at KSB, honoring the men and women of the KSB Family that make miracles happen every day.
The drama may be greater in Washington, but I’ll take my little part of the world right here in Dixon any day.