As a businessman in the community, serving on local boards is one way of giving back to the Sauk Valley area. Volunteer work and community service can be altruistic, and they certainly are vital parts of small-town life. Devoting time to the mission of non-profit organizations helps to ensure that society works for everyone, from the very least to the most privileged.
I proudly and enthusiastically serve on a number of boards and committees in the Dixon area, deriving a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Among my proudest affiliations is that of a member and chairperson of the KSB Hospital Board of Directors. It’s only because of the loyalty and trust of the community that my business is a success. I can repay in part that faith in me by serving the citizens as a member of the KSB Board of Directors.
Likewise, KSB Hospital also gives back to the community in many important ways. KSB is dedicated to quality healthcare but also to superior community service. This commitment is displayed in myriad ways, from health fairs and seminars to educational classes to support of local charities.
From popular events such as the Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair and BabyPalooza, both products of KSB’s Marketing Department, to participation in the SVCC Child Fair and the Senior Showcase, the hospital is continually offering our services to members of the community. Our Human Resources and Emergency Medical Services Departments offer educational classes throughout the year, providing valuable instruction in such areas as CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pre- and Post-Natal Care, and Parenting. These events and classes bring vital information to our community at little or no cost to our citizens.
Another part of KSB’s commitment to education and healthy living is embodied in the work we do offering free monthly blood glucose and blood pressure readings to community members. In addition, our Center for Diabetes Management sponsors a monthly support group meeting for diabetics and their family members. KSB’s Hospice Department also offers monthly meetings for family members who have lost loved ones or are acting as caregivers for their ill family member.
Finally, our commitment to service goes beyond our local community to the healthcare profession itself. KSB has a long history as a teaching facility, dating back nearly a century to when it opened its own School of Nursing. Today we continue the tradition of preparing future health care professionals. We work with a great many colleges, universities and medical schools to provide internships and other training opportunities. And KSB also operates its own Family Medicine Residency program to prepare doctors to serve rural communities.
You can see why I’m proud to be associated with KSB Hospital as a member of its Board of Directors. I am dedicated to bringing the same level of service to the community that my predecessors have provided. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to leading the KSB board for the next two years. We will continue to pursue our mission “to restore, maintain and enhance health by providing superior care now and in the future.”