KSB Announces 2016 Scholarships

KSB Hospital and private donors have established several scholarships for students in health-related fields. Below are links to the scholarship applications and descriptions of the scholarships available. Please note the High School Healthcare Scholarships are due on March 15 and all other KSB Scholarships are due on April 15.

KSB Scholarship Application

KSB High School Healthcare Scholarship

KSB Scholarship Reference Letter

KSB Scholarship Policy

Agnes Florence Memorial Employee Scholarship ($1,000) Given to a KSB employee wishing to enroll in a healthcare field program.

Jean Davis Memorial Scholarship ($500) Given to an area student enrolling in a healthcare field program.

Mary Lou Joyce Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Given to a KSB employee or family member who is attending OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing for their bachelor’s degree.

Sarah E. Richards RN Memorial Scholarship ($500 each) Given to a student re-entering the workforce or pursuing a second career in nursing.

Oregon Clinic is On The Air

In case you missed our live broadcast from the KSB Oregon Clinic on KOOL 95.7 WSEY, you can catch up with the audio playlist below. You’ll meet Jean Suneson, Oregon Clinic manager, Dr. Plescia from the KSB Mt. Morris Clinic, Dr. Greg Reckamp of the KSB Oregon Clinic, and representatives of KSB Physical Therapy services.

Take a few minutes to listen to the wonderful people of KSB as they share a little bit about their background and the services they offer to the community. 

Gift Shop Now Available Online

Gift ShopKSB Hospital is pleased to now offer online Gift Shop sales through our partnership with Lori’s Gifts. If you have a family member, friend, or loved one at KSB, you now have the convenient option of online ordering with free same day delivery to patients. Lori’s Gifts offers a wide range of special gifts to say Congratulations to new parents or to brighten the day of someone who is struggling with an illness or surgical procedure.

Lori’s Gifts will also offer free same day delivery to patients of beautiful floral arrangements, with a wide variety to suit any preference.

Visit Lori’s Gifts at KSB Hospital online and send a gift to your loved on while they’re a patient at KSB.

Operation Move to Win Begins New Season


Lose weight, feel better, and be healthy!

We’re starting a new session of Operation Move to Win, a 12 week weight loss and health improvement initiative. Join us for body fat testing, nutrition education, behavior modification, stress management suggestions, exercise tips, and a comprehensive walking initiative for you and your family.

Weigh In Dates:
August 25, September 22, October 20 & November 17
KSB Town Square Centre, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 2
6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The August to November session is FREE of charge! We want everyone to participate.

Special recognition for the Top 3 Individuals for males and females, Most Dynamically Improved Lifestyle Award, and company or community team with the greatest percentage of weight loss.

To register call or email Christine Scheffler, Community Wellness Coordinator, at cscheffler@ksbhospital.com or 815-285-5932. Please provide your cell phone number and email address when registering.

Joyce Johnson, MD

John Plescia, MD, Wins Friend of Public Health Award

From the Lee County Health Department, April 20, 2015:

The Lee County Health Department recently presented its 12th Annual Friend of Public Health award to Dr. John Plescia.  Each year, in conjunction with National Public Health Week, health department employees nominate organizations and individuals that demonstrate a collaborative spirit and work as part of the local public health system to improve health in the community.

Dr Plescia Friend of Public Health 2015Dr. Plescia was nominated by (left to right as appearing in photo) Sandy Strohecker, Family Planning Secretary; Janet Malmberg, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner; and Cindy Gabany, Public Health Nurse and selected by an employee awards’ committee.

Dr. Plescia donates an afternoon per month on his day off to see clients in LCHD’s Family Planning program.  He also recently assumed the role of the program’s Medical Director. He makes himself accessible for program staff with problems, concerns, guidance, to sign standing orders, etc.  Dr. Plescia has a wonderful rapport with clients and staff alike.  He takes the time to listen and communicate with his clients and assesses them holistically.  He puts clients at ease with his caring and kind personality. The LCHD is very grateful to have Dr. Plescia as part of its team.

KSB Designated “Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital”

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced that KSB Hospital has been designated an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital, having met requirements in accordance with state law.

strokecertificateKSB Hospital reviewed its emergent stroke care policies to align with nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines for excellent patient care.

“Our team works hard to constantly review and improve our practices in order to provide the best possible patient care,” said Dave Schreiner, President and CEO of KSB Hospital, “This designation is a great example of our commitment to provide quality health care.”

“The Department is confident that Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital will provide quality stroke care and assist in the delivery of care within the State of Illinois,” wrote Jack Fleeharty, division chief in the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation became effective March 9, 2015.

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