The 2018 ACHE Congress – Inside The Ropes

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What is it like to be inside the ropes at ACHE Congress?  Some observations and thoughts from last week’s gathering of our nation’s health care leaders at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The Board After personally serving with this group for two years as Governor, this gathering of rock stars is more than a board of directors.  It feels like family.  I am a student of great leadership.  The learning I gather from watching Past Chairmen Ed Lamb, Chuck Stokes and current Chair David Olson feels like a doctoral degree in how to lead.  The people that make up our … Read More

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

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New Year’s provides us all a chance to think about what we’ve been through, where we are today, and what lies ahead for the coming year. Some things change dramatically over time, but our core principles remain. Here at KSB, our job today is as it has always been: to provide the best possible care for our patients. No two patients are the same. Some encounter KSB in a doctor’s office, some in the Emergency Department, and some during a hospital stay. Regardless of the setting, when a patient enters our doors, they’re looking for competence, compassion, caring, and respect. … Read More

Keeping Care Affordable at KSB – by KSB Chief Administrative Officer Julie Mann

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At KSB, we understand our role is to be here for the community we serve. After all, our mission is to restore, maintain and enhance the health of the community. There are many moving parts to carrying out this mission. In order to make a difference in your lives, we must focus on the things that matter — like providing superior care, recruiting and maintaining outstanding caregivers, and providing them with the high-quality tools and equipment they need. All of this requires continual investment. Innovations in medicine have improved recovery and quality of life for millions of people, but those … Read More

Improving Patient Access – by KSB Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen

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Access is a key part of the KSB strategic plan. In any setting, access is critical to keeping our community healthy, and happy. If you have ever moved to a new community and found yourself in need of establishing with a new health system, you know just how important access is. It could be for that terrible cold you caught, your kids’ school physical, or just a routine checkup – but each of these situations holds some sense of urgency, and this means a need for better access. KSB began its journey to increase access last December when Katherine, our … Read More

The Wave of Healthcare Change

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“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” – General Eric Shinseki, retired Chief of Staff, U.S. Army For those of us who work in healthcare, change comes in waves. And it needs to, because U.S. citizens pay too much to be ranked 37th among world health systems, trailing Costa Rica and barely edging out Slovenia (Source: World Health Organization). The problem is, these waves often must move a lot of people, in a lot of organizations across the country, before patients ever see the impact. For example, KSB Hospital receives 57 percent of its revenue … Read More

King v. Burwell at KSB by KSB Marketing Director Tom Demmer

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Over the past several years, healthcare policy has been a major national issue sparking debates at every level. President Barack Obama made healthcare reform a signature issue of his presidency and signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as the ACA, in 2010. In broad terms the ACA implemented several changes to the health insurance market, and included an individual mandate requiring all Americans to have insurance coverage and an employer mandate requiring most employers to provide health insurance to employees. The ACA has been politically controversial from the very beginning. Since 2010, the … Read More

Healthcare Reform: A Local Approach To A National Debate

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“An interdisciplinary healthcare approach orchestrated in a caring, coordinated manner is doable and achievable, within our grasp and ultimately within our budget through evidence-based interdisciplinary prevention strategies and true care coordination with an emphasis on improving outcomes along with the overall patient experience.” Well now… that seems easy, doesn’t it? What is easy is investing just 6 minutes and 45 seconds to gain a better understanding of the healthcare debate in our country. Give it a shot by clicking here to watch this video. As you can see, healthcare reform is certainly not easy, but it is achievable. Hospitals and … Read More