Driving Away The Flu

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Linda Clemen, Chief Nursing Office to me: I want to do a drive by flu shot clinic. Me: OK. That was the conversation that launched a program that served 673 patients over four Wednesday’s in October, right at the front entrance of KSB Hospital. The KSB Nursing Division took this project on and made it their own, often with volunteer hours dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve. Pictured are Jerry and Venessa Schnake of Dixon.  They were the lucky 500th vaccination and received a gift certificate to Lori’s Gift, a retail store inside KSB Hospital. I … Read More

Jamming for KSB

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Saturday evening KSB Hospital took over the Riverfront in Downtown Dixon to celebrate our successes and encourage financial support of KSB Hospital. Nancy Varga, Jan Woodward, Joan Melzer and Robin Canode spearheaded preparations for an incredible evening of drinks, dining and music.  Thank you for your hard work on behalf of KSB Hospital. I reminded those in attendance of the outstanding work the KSB Family is doing in increasing quality, improving the patient experience, and offering value to our patients. We need your help to bring to our patients and their families, as well as our communities, those “value-added” services, … Read More

Accepting The Award Is… Partnering To Improve Mental Health

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It is said that when a football team wins the quarterback gets too much credit, and when they lose the QB gets too much blame.  The same might be said for hospital CEO’s. A few weeks ago KSB Hospital was recognized by Sinnissippi Centers, a community mental health provider, as their Partner of the Year. Mental health touches a significant percentage of any community’s citizens.  I am extremely proud of the work KSB Hospital and our clinical team, led by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen, has done in improving the diagnosis and treatment of those impacted. All I did was … Read More

KSB Corporate Wellness Team reaching out directly to the community

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While the bulk of KSB employees are busy caring for and supporting patients in our hospital and clinic sites across the community, I’m excited to share that our Corporate Wellness team has been busy the last few weeks at some of our area’s largest companies; BorgWarner and Wahl Clipper. On February 17, nearly 200 employees of BorgWarner attended one of six 30-minute presentations led by the KSB Hospital Corporate Wellness team and KSB Medical Group Physician Assistant Courtney Teller. Teller spoke about the importance of preventative healthcare checks and encouraged employees to take advantage of their free annual physical. To … Read More

KSB Hospital announces partnership with The Dixon Family YMCA

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Saturday is a big day for KSB Hospital and The Dixon Family YMCA, as we announce a 10-year partnership between our organizations. KSB and The Y enjoy a shared history of success. One of my mentors, Dale Presley, told me stories about a period in the 1960’s when KSB paid the utility bills and provided maintenance work for The Y during a time of hardship for that organization. Countless KSB team members have served The Y as board members, through fundraising efforts, and as volunteer coaches. Six years ago KSB formalized its relationship with a partnership that provided financial assistance … Read More

Community Wellness at KSB by KSB Vice President of Business Development Kevin Marx

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In 2013, KSB Hospital undertook its first formal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Using evidence- based indicators of health status, a steering committee worked with hospital staff to identify and prioritize opportunities to influence and improve our community’s wellness through programming and interventions offered outside the hospital walls. Under the leadership of our Community Wellness Department, we are creating specific activities to address the health needs which were identified in the CHNA. Below are the selected priority need areas in 2015, followed by some examples of our efforts. Be on the look out for these initiatives — and if you … Read More

Evolving from “sick care” to Community Wellness

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Here’s a letter I recently sent out to our Board of Directors, a group of KSB employees, and community leaders regarding our ongoing Community Health Improvement Project. Friends,  I want to thank you for your continuing support for KSB’s Community Health Improvement Project. Beginning in 2012 you have allocated resources that have allowed us to serve a wide-ranging demographic in the communities we care for.  We are making a difference. Operation Move To Win has resulted in over 2,000 lbs. of weight lost in the first two months. That means less chronic disease and healthier families. We have visited schools … Read More

Pack The Park!

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Several years ago Dr. Iyer came to me with an idea.  He wanted to offer to his patients and the community the opportunity to get some exercise and talk about their health.  Fast forward to Saturday, April 14. Dr. Iyer will finally see his dream become a reality.  Beginning at 7 AM at Lowell Park he will host the first of his Walk With a Doc programs. If you can’t make it Saturday Dr. Iyer will be there every week.  He believes in this.  You can find more information on The OC about how to participate. See you Saturday morning!

National Food Day Quiz

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UPDATE: 1) Kale; 2) Parsnip; 3) Red Pepper; 4) Broccoli; 5) Eggplant; 6) Zucchini; 7) Carrot; 8) Brussel Sprouts; 9) Sugar Snap Peas; 10) Acorn Squash; Bonus) Tulip Bulb Winners, out of 43 total participants: Melanie Rick, Barb Morehead, Dr. Risha Raven, Angie Shugars; Nichole Duffy.  Barb Morehead was the only winner to correctly identify the bonus item.   Today is National Food Day, and to mark the occasion, I invited Carrie Grobe to test your knowledge here on The Pulse! – Dave Carrie Grobe, Wellness Dietitian If you’ve visited the cafeteria, you probably noticed the table full of vegetables … Read More

Celebrate Nutrition!

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I invited Carrie Grobe to field your questions and offer tips on healthy lifestyles and good nutritional choices. – Dave Carrie Grobe, Clinical Dietitian March is National Nutrition Month. What better way to celebrate than by increasing your knowledge of diet and nutrition? As a community dietitian, I work to promote healthy eating in the public through health fairs, group presentations, corporate lunch ‘n learns, and by writing a newspaper column. As KSB Hospital’s wellness dietitian, I work to improve the diets of our customers, but also try to promote good nutrition for all employees. A healthy diet not only … Read More