I first met Tim Broos in the Spring of 1989. Tim was the Vice President responsible for filling the Director of Medical Imaging position, and he gave me my start in healthcare administration. Over the following 30+ years, Tim and I would play hundreds of rounds of golf, attend dozens of high school basketball games, play countless rec basketball games, check out every restaurant within 50 miles, and even live together for a couple of months while our house was being built.
During our first years in Dixon, my wife, Stephanie, worked second shift in KSB’s Emergency Department. Tim was willing to allow me to take Kaile, our daughter, along with us everywhere we went. He tutored her in math. When the construction of our house was delayed, Tim invited all four of us (our son Andrew was now part of the family) to live in his home. I don’t remember much discussion about the topic. Tim said he had a house, and we needed a place to live in. End of debate.
Later Vicky and Kole became Tim’s own family, and Tim was never happier than when he was playing golf or hunting with Kole or traveling with Vicky. Tim loved his Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
I’m proud to have led a campaign in 2017 that resulted in Tim being named Dixon Citizen of the Year. The process didn’t take much campaigning. Tim positively influenced The Dixon YMCA, The Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Lee County United way, Dixon Country Club, and numerous other agencies in multiple ways. He was passionate about recycling and led KSB Hospital’s Green Team.
Tim positively influenced all of us.
He taught me to be a leader. He taught me to ask questions. He taught me how to dress professionally. In the KSB Parking Lot, he said to me, “I’ve never been embarrassed to look too nice at a business event.” I’ve never forgotten that advice.
The most difficult decision of my professional career was asking Tim to step down from his vice president position at KSB Hospital and lead our organization in a different way. He eventually settled into the position he hired me for all those years ago, Director of Medical Imaging. The irony was not lost on me, and Tim soon had the Imaging team loving his style of leadership, just as I did when he was my boss.
Following Tim’s diagnosis and subsequent retirement, a group of us met regularly over lunch. KSB’s Kevin Marx said it best. “Tim’s passion was evident in the past months as he set a new standard for dealing with an awful disease with optimism, gratitude, and love for the people around him.”
Today, June 3, is Tim’s birthday. On Tim’s special day the KSB Family has lost a dear friend, a warm smile, and a relentless advocate for Dixon. May God bless Vicky and Kole as they go through this difficult time and keep His hand on all of our shoulders as we mourn the loss of a friend.