KSB’s Surgery and Cardiac Cath Teams – It’s the People

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Patients find themselves in our hands at their most vulnerable moments. Our patients come to us for relief, either from a chronic condition that has been tolerated for far too long, or an immediate, urgent concern that disrupts their lives at the most inopportune moment. Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend time in KSB’s cardiac catheterization department as well as our surgical department. I saw technology that rivals that in major medical centers. I saw busy departments that reinforce the decision of our community members choosing to “stay home” and support their hospital. Most … Read More

Celebrating Together

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Kathy Schafer shared this OR Team photo in a recent happy holidays email. Seeing this fun group and the creativity of the department Christmas cards on the cafeteria wall reminded me of what a great team we have here at KSB. Best wishes as you celebrate the holiday season with your family at home, and with your KSB family here at work!

New Name: Day Surgery Department

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I invited Jill Scheffler to share with you some news and the reasoning behind the newly named Day Surgery Department. – Dave Jill Scheffler, RN, Director of Day Surgery The department known as outpatient surgery has been renamed “Day Surgery” in order to improve communication and reduce confusion for patients and employees. With the name outpatient in the title, there was confusion between Outpatient Testing–think labs, x-ray, CT, etc–and Outpatient Surgery–think GI lab, infusions, surgeries, and bronchoscopies. The new Day Surgery title will better distinguish between these two different locations and different services. New signs identify the Day Surgery department … Read More

Teamwork Enables Smooth Transition

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Carol Gugerty wanted to share this special thank you with everyone who has played a role in the Surgery/ED addition and Open House. Your positive attitude and teamwork did not go unnoticed! – Dave  Carol Gugerty, VP/Chief Nursing Officer I would like to recognize and thank all of the nursing staff who were involved in the opening of our new patient care areas. After the exciting Sunday Open House we got down to the task of actually offering these services to our patients. The new area meant a change in the routine we were most comfortable with from registration to … Read More

KSB Hospital Helps Give the Gift of Life

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Organ donation operations not common at rural hospitals   DIXON, Ill. – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital was the site of an inspirational and life-saving organ donation procedure in January 2011. Physicians, nurses, and support staff participated in a series of operations that passed on the gift of life from a deceased patient to several recipients across the country. The story is as interesting as it is inspiring. “Little did I know when I got a call about a patient who was not expected to survive that we’d begin a 48-hour process that would result in the successful organ donation to … Read More

Dr. Arora & Hayden: Making Things Great!

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Mary Mahan-Deatherage received the following note from a patient of Dr. Arora’s: Hello, My name is (name removed) and my daughter Hayden (2yrs old) is a patient of Dr. Arora’s. Hayden had tubes put in her ears at KSB Hospital in April of 2009 and will return at the end of July 2010 for new tubes and to have her tonsils removed. I wanted to thank the hospital as well as Dr. Arora and staff for everything they have done for our family. I have received nothing but excellent service. I have been treated like a person and asked continuously … Read More