KSB Hospital is in the middle of implementing a new electronic medical record (EMR) with Cerner. We’ve done this before, and all hospitals have experienced the challenge of changing and/or upgrading their EMR. It’s a big job that impacts every member of the KSB organization. We have committed significant resources to get the start-up right, beginning with hiring a seasoned healthcare Chief Information Officer in Ray Sharp. KSB is investing in upgrades to our wireless network as well as working with a partner that will make the viewing of previous medical history easier for our providers and clinical teams. Every year I … Read More
In 2010 Congress passed Obamacare, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was in the news, a new type of technology called the iPad was released, Justin Bieber was topping the charts and, on August 4, 2010, the first story was written on The Pulse. This first post, copied below was the beginning of a journey that has lasted for over eight years, encompassing 650 posts. Somehow you found your way here, and I’m glad you did. Welcome to The KSB Pulse. Today signifies day one of an employee-centered blog highlighting all the great things about the people of KSB. I’ll use this … Read More
Doug Lee concluded his term on the KSB Hospital Board of Directors recently, completing seven years of service. Mr. Lee serves as chairman from 2017 – 2018. During Doug’s tenure, he formed a board quality committee, increased interaction during board meetings, and was the brainchild of the mission trip to Cusco, Peru. We wish Doug all the best in his new role as Associate Judge. Thank you for your service!
As 2018 comes to a close, so does the board service for Chad Weigle. Mr. Weigle joined KSB Hospital’s Board of Directors in 2016 and made an immediate impact. He progressed through several board committees and had the most significant impact as Chairman of the Finance Committee. When remembering Chad’s service the words energy, drive and passion are frequently mentioned. Please join me in thanking Mr. Weigle for his service to your organization.
The calendar flipped from November to December, and that means KSB Hospital is gearing up to introduce the holiday season. I want to share with you a few fun activities happening this week. A heated competition exists to see what Dixon area business can host the most successful Business After Business event, sponsored by the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street. The festivities get underway at 5:00 on Thursday, December 6th on the 2nd floor of Commerce Towers. With input from KSB Dietary and KSB’s Plant Operations and Housekeeping teams, this event is CLEARLY the marquee BAB in … Read More
Working in healthcare can be a tough gig. Most patients would rather be anywhere else than a hospital or a physician’s office. We hurt people in the quest to make them feel better. It’s expensive, and patients can, understandably, be demanding. Add a foot of snow on a Sunday evening / Monday morning, and things get interesting. And that’s when the KSB Family shows her true colors. Doctors were picking up co-workers at their homes because they can’t get the car out of the driveway. Nurses walking to work at 2:00 AM and staying until noon because that’s when her … Read More
The hospital community is mourning today over the senseless loss of life at Mercy Hospital on the south side of Chicago. A police officer, a doctor and a pharmacy resident died on Monday after gunfire broke out in the parking lot of the hospital and then moved inside. Hospitals and the men and women who do their magic within our walls are healers. The hurt is especially prominent when we are threatened and even harmed by those we attempt to help. Illinois Hospital Association President AJ Wilhelmi stated in a press release “we owe it to them to find ways … Read More
On National Rural Health Day, the AHA celebrates rural hospitals’ dedication to ensuring communities can access the care they need. Rural hospitals are reaching beyond their four walls to keep their communities healthy, and the AHA is honored to serve and represent them as we continue our work to advance health in America. Please view a short video (https://youtu.be/Z4g0enS9E4s) honoring rural hospitals. Pay special attention at the 45 second mark of the video. A picture I took on my iPhone earlier this year makes a guest appearance, highlighting KSB Hospital.
At KSB, part of our mission is to enhance health by providing superior care, now and in the future. For physicians, that means staying up-to-date on healthcare trends and technology so that we can continue to serve our patients with state-of-the-art, high-quality care right here in Dixon. Last month, I completed a procedure that I felt compelled to share with our community as a demonstration of how our hospital is continuing to learn and to live out our mission in everything we do. As the Chair of Medicine for Cardiology, I have performed many angioplasty procedures throughout my time here. … Read More
Wednesday afternoon I took 15 minutes out of the day and walked over to the Lee County courthouse to vote. The short walk took much longer than the process of voting. I was told that over 1,100 people have participated in early voting. That was said to be significantly higher than prior years. Federal and State elected officials play a tremendous role in the way KSB Hospital operates. Nearly 60% of KSB’s revenue comes from Medicare (Federal) and Medicaid (State). Get out and vote. Take a few minutes between now and November 6 to exercise your constitutional right. You have … Read More