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

Dr. Lewis shares AMA letter: Physicians are not providers: An open letter to the AMA and medical boards

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KSB Hospital’s Dr. Don Lewis is one of the most well-read, “big thinker” individuals I know.  Recently he shared this letter to the American Medical Association that presents an interesting perspective on our physician friends and colleagues: Dear AMA and state medical boards, The last few years have been a period of unprecedented change in the world of health care. The need to reign in costs, expand access, and ensure higher quality care — all at a time of rapid medical and technological advancements — has changed innumerable aspects of the practice of medicine. Throughout this, one common theme has … Read More

The Significance of 71

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What is the significance of 71?  The 20th prime number (yes)?   The algebraic degree of Conway’s constant (Yes, google it)?  The atomic number of lutetium (yes again)? The car driven by Bobby Labonte in NASCAR (yes)? The number of victories achieved by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season, an NBA record (nope, that’s 72)? What is correct is that 71 is Thursday’s census.  According to historian Stephanie Wagner, who has seen a few high census figures in her 30+ year employment history at KSB, 71 represents the highest inpatient census since the late ’80’s. I’m proud of all of … Read More

SVN: KSB Spreads Its Wings

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UPDATE: Open House draws hundreds for ribbon-cutting and tour WIFR Coverage WREX Coverage Sauk Valley Media Coverage WIXN Coverage Sauk Valley Media KSB Spreads Its Wings DIXON – KSB Hospital has a whole lot more space. A $16 million project expanded its surgery and emergency departments by 30,000 square feet. This means not only bigger patient rooms, but more of them. Sauk Valley Media took a tour of the new space Thursday. There is an open house for the public Sunday afternoon. (Read more…) Sauk Valley Media Videos  

I Am Your Patient

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This letter was first shared with the KSB Hospital crowd in May 1983, and the message still rings true today. Let’s make a special effort to remember the patient’s perspective this week. – Dave Click to read story…