William Hudson Au.D., an audiologist with thirty years experience, leads the Audiology Department. The Audiology Department is part of the multi-specialty Balance Center and audiology staff work closely with physicians in the KSB Ear, Nose, and Throat Department.
The Audiology Services of KSB offers a broad range of testing services including otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE), which is used to test infants and older patients who are unable to respond to more traditional test methods. OAE allows the doctor to explore peripheral hearing function in unprecedented depth and detail. Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential Testing (VEMP) testing is used to provide more specific information about areas of the balance system in the inner ear.
To take a Five Minute Hearing Test, complete this form and share the results with your doctor.
The Balance Center at KSB Hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to assessing and treating people with dizziness and balance problems. The Center uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to assist the staff in formulating a diagnosis, treatment, planning rehabilitation and assessing the changes that occur as a result of rehabilitation efforts.
The core staffing specialties of the KSB Balance Center are experts in Otolaryngology, Audiology, and Physical Therapy. The medical director of the KSB Balance Center is Donald Lewis, M.D., an otolaryngologist. Joining Dr. Lewis are Thomas Turcotte, D.O., William Hudson, AuD, and three physical therapists. Other specialists may be involved for consultation, as necessary.
For a self-assessment of your fall risk, complete this form and share the results with your doctor.
KSB Hospital offers extensive behavioral healthcare services, in both inpatient and outpatient environments. Les Perkowski, D.O. practices inpatient psychological care and has been working in behavioral healthcare for more than 10 years. Psychiatrists Aqeel Khan, M.D. and Tanmoy Chandra, M.D., have more than six years combined experience of seeing patients in Behavioral Health.
In addition to the three physicians, the nursing staff has considerable experience and training in therapy, communication, and critical care. To promote patient, staff, and visitor safety, all patients participate in safety training upon admission. Patients also attend group therapies throughout the day in to order to learn new skills and treatments.
To arrange outpatient care, please call 815-285-5638.
If you need urgent care, please contact 815-284-HELP, the 24/7 crisis hotline.
KSB Cancer Care, located on the first floor of Commerce Towers, provides a multitude of free services to the public, including diagnosis and treatment information, a resource library, free wig bank, breast prosthesis referrals, private hospital visits, and one-on-one or group meetings. Appointments can be made by telephone or physician referral, and walk-ins are welcome.
Sue Hageman, RN, leads the Cancer Care department, is the only cancer resource nurse in the area. She has been offering resources and educating patients for four years. KSB’s Cancer Care program stands out by offering one-on-one time and support, by participating in the treatment process, and by creating personal relationships to help patients during their course of care.
“At KSB Hospital, we are committed to helping cancer patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment. We’ll be there through it all.” –Sue Hageman, RN Cancer Care Coordinator.
The Cardiovascular Services Lab at KSB first opened its doors on June 18, 2006. Patients at KSB have taken advantage of the extensive cardiac care now available close to home, and have helped make the Cath Lab a strong department of the hospital.
The number of Cardiac Catheterizations performed at KSB greatly surpasses the number initially estimated for the lab. Instead of traveling to Rockford, Chicago, or the Quad Cities for cardiac procedures, patients can now stay at KSB for cardiac care.
The lab boasts technology like the Phillips Allura Xper FD20 X-ray system, which supports efficient cardiac and vascular diagnostics while ensuring patient safety and comfort.
The staff and physicians of the Cardiovascular Lab provide cardiac diagnostic angiograms and interventions (angioplasty and stents) and peripheral diagnostic angiograms and interventions.
KSB Hospital added a new, state-of-the-art, Cardio and Pulmonary Rehab facility in 2009 to better accommodate patients’ rehabilitation needs. The rehabilitation area is a large, open space overlooking the beautiful Rock River and offers modern rehab equipment like treadmills and weight machines. More than the quality equipment and the breathtaking view, however, is the excellent service provided by a friendly and enthusiastic staff of four nurses and a respiratory therapist.
KSB Hospital’s Cardio and Pulmonary Rehab staff prides themselves on providing a friendly, stress-free environment for patients to effectively and comfortably complete their rehabilitation exercises. Thanks to the close proximity between physician offices and the Cardio and Pulmonary Rehab Center, patients get the opportunity to experience close interactions with the therapist, nurses, and physicians. In addition to providing rehabilitation services, the rehab staff educates their patients on diet, nutrition, and medication to promote healthy rehabilitation and overall wellness.
Open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Referrals to the KSB Center for Diabetes Management are accepted from your Primary Care Doctor. Please call 815-285-5973 for more information.
The KSB Center for Diabetes Management, located in Commerce Towers, offers first-class services for those dealing with pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, and Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
The Center is certified by the American Diabetes Association and offers certified diabetes educators, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, and nurse educators.
The Community Wellness Department will lead a number of health improvement and educational programs through out the communities we serve. We will work with local health agencies, schools, employers, and community organizations to promote a healthy lifestyle across the Sauk Valley Area. KSB Community Wellness Department is funded through the KSB Hospital Foundation.
KSB Corporate Health Services provides great customer service by treating patients in a quick, efficient way. Corporate Health consists of two full time physicians, one part time physician, four nurses, two medical assistants, two techs, and two receptionists.
Corporate Health specializes in workers compensation cases, pre-employment and employee physicals, immunizations, and drug screenings.
KSB Corporate Health Services is proud to work with more than one hundred businesses in the Sauk Valley area. Immediate physical therapy, a partnership with the KSB Hospital Emergency Department, 24-hour injury care coverage, and an experienced physician staff are only a few of the reasons Corporate Health is the provider of choice for so many local businesses and individuals.
The Customer Relations Department consists of two Healthcare Consumer Advocates who advance communication between the patient and the organization in order to continually improve the patient experience. They serve as a liaison between patients, families, hospital and medical staff in order to promote patient satisfaction.
The patient advocates at KSB Hospital support the patients and families with an emphasis on neutrality, collaboration, and problem resolution, and with expertise in hospital functions and procedures.
The advocates believe in respect for the patients’ right to control their health care decisions, that their dignity shall never be compromised, that caring and compassion are just as important as technology, and that education and information are vital to informed health care decision-making.
The patient advocates serve as the point of contact for organization-wide complaints, grievances, and compliments and are available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays by calling (815) 285-5524 or (815) 285-5525.
KSB Hospital offers a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department to best serve those who require immediate attention. Staffing the brand new facility is an excellent group of six physicians, with nearly 50 years of combined experience, and a round-the-clock team of skilled and compassionate nurses and technicians.
With 13 exam rooms and two triage rooms, KSB Hospital is ready to serve the local area with timely, efficient emergency medical services. The emergency room is supported by the latest in electronic health records systems, and features a sophisticated electronic documentation system, computerized medication dispensing, and a sleek monitor that shows staff a real-time update on all patients currently in the emergency room.
Dr. Lewis is board certified in otolaryngology and has 33 years of experience. Dr. Turcotte is a recent addition to the KSB Medical Group, but comes with 28 years of experience.
Drs. Lewis and Turcotte use state of the art endoscopic equipment within a recently renovated office suite. With new system software, patients can watch their own exams and see digital pictures of procedures. Some ENT procedures include bone-anchored hearing aids, voice box rebuilding for vocal cord paralysis, and repair of the middle ear bones.
To make an appointment with Dr. Lewis or Dr. Turcotte, call (815) 285-5603.
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Treat yourself to a unique shopping experience right here at KSB Hospital Gift Shop. This extraordinary gift shop is located inside the main entrance to the hospital with nearby parking and merchandise you’ll only find in the city. Whether you’re in need of a special gift or just want to take a break. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the pleasant surroundings you’ll find at KSB Hospital Gift Shop.
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
The Health Information Management Services (HIMS) department ensures that accurate, complete, and dependable health information is available for all patient care delivered by KSB Hospital staff. It also retains the health information according to state and federal laws and makes it available to all patients. Physicians and nurses within the KSB Hospital organization have timely electronic access to patients’ health information including records that originate in the clinics, physician offices, emergency department, and the hospital.
When a patient has a specific need for their own health information, patients may visit the HIMS department, open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., located in the KSB Hospital Annex. Patients must have a valid photo ID and will be asked to complete a release of information form. The form in available in the HIMS department and patients should also be prepared to specify the information they need, and the reason for obtaining it.
KSB Home Care clinicians provide skilled care in the comfort of the patient’s home as ordered by their physician. Our goal is to maintain and improve your health to keep you independent in your home. We accomplish this through education and patient involvement. Our team works together to provide you with coordinated, quality care. We offer a wide range of home care services including:
KSB Home Care provides assistance to a wide range of patients. We care for those who have recently been discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility, the physically disabled, and pediatric patients.
We accept Medicare, Medicaid, most insurances and private pay.
Our office is located in Town Square Center. Care is available to patients in Lee County as well as parts of other neighboring counties. For more information on Home Care call (815) 284-5710
The hospital medicine program at KSB Hospital consists of physicians who specialize in the medical care of inpatients, while communicating with family physicians. An on-site hospital medicine physician means that inpatients receive prompt, quality medical care without waiting for off-site physicians to visit or call. Many hospitals around the country are adopting hospital medicine programs in order to promote efficient inpatient care, reduce safety risks, and provide a better patient experience.
The KSB hospital medicine program consists of Amit Parmar, M.D., Tammy Homman, M.D., Kashif Sherwani, M.D. , and Mohamed Alfaris, M.D. They have a combined 18 years of experience.
Hospitalists lead a daily, interdisciplinary team meetings with representatives of nursing, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers to individually review each patient’s chart and collaboratively decide on the best treatment plan.
The KSB Hospital Human Resources Department is responsible for employee services, including hiring, retirement plans, salary and benefits, continuing education, new employee interviews, incident reports, and employee recognition.
In addition to working with employees, the HR department coordinates classes and events for the community, including blood drives, child birthing classes, and CPR, ACLS, and PALS certification courses. For more information on employee benefits or classes offered please contact the Human Resources department at (815) 285–5606.
The Intensive Care Unit at KSB Hospital provides excellent care to patients who require extensive specialized medical needs. The unit consists of six patient rooms, boasts an excellent 2:1 patient to nurse ratio, and is staffed with monitor technicians, CNAs, and Advanced Critical Life Support (ACLS) certified nurses. As well as being ACLS certified, many nurses are members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The department utilizes the hospitalist program and an Electronic Nurse Documentation System to better provide care for its patients. The ICU staff goes above and beyond to make sure patients are comfortable and receiving the best possible care.
Among the department’s many patient care duties, the ICU at KSB Hospital is currently involved with the Illinois Hospital Association in researching catheter-associated urinary tract infections—the most common healthcare related infection—with the hopes of reducing and eliminating them. The unit also sees many patients after cath lab procedures, and provides opportunities for student nurses and paramedics to receive clinical hours in the unit.
The KSB Auxiliary is a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer in various capacities to assist patients and employees. The Auxiliary helps make KSB Hospital a leader in patient service and commitment to the community.
The primary goal of the Auxiliary is to support the mission of KSB Hospital by raising funds for donation to the hospital. Recently, the Auxiliary donated $30,000 towards the new Emergency Room expansion and $3,000 in scholarships for students attending Sauk Valley Community College.
The Auxiliary has a long record of successful fundraisers and meaningful contributions to the hospital and clinics. If you would like to join this important organization—whether you can donate a small or large amount of time—contact Sandy Thompson at 815-285-5524 or Andrea Cook at 815-285-5525 for more information
Who volunteers at KSB?
KSB Hospital is known by the motto "It's The People," and when it comes to our volunteers, this is no exception. Many people find that volunteering at KSB Hospital offers an opportunity to meet new people and experience the joy of reaching out to others. Some volunteers are teenagers interested in a healthcare career while others are retirees looking for a way to give back to the community.
We depend on our volunteers at KSB. We currently have more than 110 active volunteers in a variety of areas throughout our organization who assist our staff and visitors. We spend a lot of time making sure our volunteers understand what we're all about and that they are comfortable when placed in a volunteer position. Each of our volunteers is expected to uphold the philosophy and Standards of Behavior the hospital has in place and to support our hospital’s mission, vision and values.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, the first step is to complete an application. You may print an application here and then call Andrea Cook, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (815) 285.5525. An appointment will be scheduled to match your time, talent and availability. As a volunteer, you put in only as much time as you can spare. Some volunteers work one or two times a week, others work once or twice a month. We will work with you as much as possible to coordinate the time and department in which you hope to volunteer.
We require our Junior Volunteers to be at least 14 years of age and in high school or college in order to become a volunteer at KSB. Current Junior Volunteer opportunities include staffing the Information Desk and assisting in our Gift Shop. Note: Junior Volunteers are not placed in patient care areas.
All volunteers will be asked to make a minimum 6-month commitment to volunteering at KSB Hospital and are required to obtain a mandatory 2-step TB screening before beginning to volunteer within our organization. Because confidentiality and ethical behavior are of the utmost importance at KSB Hospital, all volunteers are required to sign our HIPAA Confidentiality Agreement and Commitment to Compliance forms. We also require all volunteers born after 1957 to provide proof of rubella immunization prior to their volunteer start date.
The KSB Hospital Medical Imaging Department was recently recognized as an American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited facility by demonstrating its strong commitment to image quality and safety. Medical Imaging strives to provide the best patient care by practicing monthly audits on their own imaging equipment and having their staff fully educated with up to date procedures. Imre Almassy, M.D., and Cheryl Schwalm, M.D., radiologists in the KSB Hospital Medical Imaging Department, have more than forty years of specialized experience.
The Medical Imaging Department offers mammography, CAT scan, MRI, general X-ray, nuclear medicine, bone density tests, and ultrasound. The department has recently added digital mammography, MRI breast exams, breast biopsies, digital radiography, and a new electronic image storing system. With newly remodeled rooms, patients can feel right at home with Medical Imaging staff. The Medical Imaging Department offers services in the KSB Center for Health Services - Oregon Clinic for patients outside the Dixon area.
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If you're admitted as an overnight patient to KSB Hospital, chances are you'll stay on the Medical-Surgical unit. The nurses and staff members on the Medical-Surgical unit are versatile and provide care for a wide range of patients. Occupying portions of the third and fourth floors of the hospital, this unit is the largest department at KSB.
The KSB Neurology department provides many services to the community offering patients access to a new sleep lab, the abilities to do EEG and EMG testing in the hospital. The department is led by Sulaiman Mohammed, M.D., a neurologist.
Occupying a new neurological suite on the first floor of Commerce Towers, the department offers excellent, patient-oriented care. A skilled and compassionate staff can help patients dealing with nerve problems such as headaches, migraines, and back and neck pain. The neurology suite features five exam rooms and one procedure room and adjoins a remodeled and expanded sleep lab with four new beds.
KSB Hospital’s Obstetrics and Nursery Department provide the best patient care by forming a close connection with each of their patients. The OB and Nursery staff consists of three physicians— Shirley Stone, M.D., William Long, D.O., Robb Rydzynski, D.O., —with a combined 38 years of experience, one nurse midwife, 24 nurses, and with many family practice physicians who also perform deliveries.
The OB and Nursery department is always updating equipment, software and staff training to provide the latest treatment and technology for patients. A skilled and compassionate staff help make KSB Hospital a great place for mothers and families.
KSB Hospital Occupational Therapy services help patients with the process of occupational rehabilitation to regain the ability to perform everyday tasks. The OT department consists of three occupational therapists and one assistant; each of them specializing in musculoskeletal conditions of the upper extremities, neurological disorders, and child treatments.
The Occupational Therapy department gives each patient an individualized assessments, one-on-one attention, and family training. Along with scheduled appointments, the OT department works with other departments such as Home Health Care and outpatient services.
The Pastoral Care Department at KSB Hospital is dedicated to providing patients and their families with spiritual and emotional support during their time at KSB Hospital. The Pastoral Care Department plays an integral role as part of the total healthcare team, working closely with physicians, nurses, other staff and, most importantly, you. The goal is to deliver the very best and most complete spiritual care possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The chaplain and chaplaincy volunteers provide non-medical support for patients and their family. They serve based on patients unique emotional and spiritual needs.
Patients at times may feel anxiety, apprehension and even some fears. The Pastoral Care Department, including our ten year director, Rev. Dr. Vincent Marrandino and chaplaincy volunteers, will do their best to provide compassionate care and support, both spiritually and emotionally.
The Pastoral Care Department includes a full time professional chaplain as well as on call local clergy and chaplaincy volunteers from a variety of faith groups, all of whom have been trained specifically to provide clinical ministry. KSB chaplains are familiar with and empathetic to the issues that accompany hospitalization.
The Chapel is located on the first floor of KSB Hospital, across from the Gift Shop and adjacent to the main lobby. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is designed to be a quiet, reflective haven open to people of all faiths. Bibles, spiritual literature, Rosary beads, prayer rugs are available for use while in the chapel and are located in the cupboards.
Chronically ill patients often find it difficult to navigate the healthcare system in their struggles to achieve quality of life.
Starting in 2012, KSB Hospital is taking a giant step in aiding these patients. The Patient Navigator position has been established as part of KSB’s Home Health Care Department.
Beginning sometime in 2012, Medicare will stop paying for hospital readmissions when the patient is readmitted within 30 days of discharge for certain diagnoses, including congestive heart failure, pneumonia and acute MI.
National readmission rates for heart-failure patients are 28%, and less than half those patients readmitted saw a physician following their hospital stay.
Components of the Patient Navigator program will include patient assessment and education, collaboration with other providers and telemonitoring, in which patients will call into an automated system on a daily basis to answer monitoring questions.
If you would like more information about KSB’s Patient Navigator program or want to make a referral, please call 815-284-5710.
The KSB Hospital Pediatric Department specializes in the medical needs of newborn and young children. They provide a warm atmosphere for patients and their families. The caring, compassionate staff takes the time to get to know the needs of all patients.
The pediatrics department is staffed by three pediatricians with a total of 59 years of experience and twenty nurses. Many other physicians also spend time in the department, on a case-by-case basis. The Pediatric Department uses an electronic medical record system, regularly invests in new technology, and provides skilled care from a highly-trained staff.
KSB Physical Therapy consists of a staff of 13 physical therapists and six physical therapist assistants and provides rehabilitation to patients with orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation needs. In addition to working with patients who are hospitalized, PT staff provides services in the home to many patients.
Outpatient physical therapy services are offered at four locations: KSB Hospital Rehab Services in Commerce Towers, KSB Center for Health Services – Oregon Clinic, KSB Center for Health Services – Amboy Clinic and KSB Center for Health Services – Polo Clinic.
In order to help our patients return to an active lifestyle KSB Physical Therapy uses state of the art equipment, such as the BTE work and sport simulator, the Neurocom Balance System, and an A-STYM treatment for soft tissue disorders. In addition to treating the typical joint and muscle injuries that occur from injury, illness, or recreational and sports activities, rehabilitation programs for lymphedema management, balance and mobility training, pelvic pain and incontinence, aquatic therapy, and work conditioning programs are also offered. Physical therapy services are available to patients of all ages.
KSB Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department consists of 17 therapists and Kim Treviranus, M.D., a pulmonologist with more than 27 years of experience.
Respiratory Therapists work with patients to assess and treat many breathing related problems. The department uses the new pulmonary rehab area, the expanded sleep lab, EKGs, ventilators, and other respiratory equipment and treatments to provide excellent patient care.
The KSB Sleep Lab offers state-of-the-art testing for common sleep related problems. Patients sleep in clean, comfortable bedrooms while skilled staff analyze data feeds coming from in-room monitors. To determine if you may benefit from a sleep study, consider the questions in the self survey below. Consult your doctor to see if a sleep study is right for you.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions about sleep disorder, you may be dealing with insomnia or another type of sleep problem.
KSB Hospital’s Speech Therapists provide evaluation and treatment for a variety of disorders that affect speech, language, cognition and swallowing (dysphagia) for people of all ages. Lee Silverman Voice Treatment is available for people with Parkinson Disease and other neurological disorders. A staff of three Speech Therapists rely on years of experience and countless hours of continuing education to work with patients and their families to improve communication, learning and quality of life.
The KSB Hospital Surgery Department is made of 22 physicians, five anesthesiologists, and five endoscopists, with remarkable experience and longevity at KSB Hospital. With the recent expansion of the outpatient surgery department, KSB Hospital now has six surgical suites and one cystoscopy room. Each room has video integration which allows video documentation of surgical procedures, visualization of the surgical site within the operating room, the ability to share the image outside of the operating room for patient flow and scheduling, and broadcasting of the image for videoconferencing, telemedicine and education.
A recent investment in technology helps patients with gynecological digestive disorders. The Bravo pH system is now being incorporated to allow doctors to test patients’ pH levels for gastroesophageal reflux disease during everyday activities.
The KSB Surgery Department is also providing its patients with the convenience of more procedures offered close to home, including Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography. ERCP allows the physician to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas.
Continued investment in staff, education, technology, and facilities help make the KSB Surgery Department a leader in providing excellent patient care.