About our Community
Located along the scenic Rock River in Northwestern Illinois, Dixon is a community full of history, recreational opportunities, and other amenities that reflect the high standards representative of Midwestern life. Dixon is a major economic center in Lee County and an important focus for agriculture, industry, service, retail, and residential growth.
Often touted as a great place to raise a family, Dixon is home to outstanding schools and parks, a great cost of living, welcoming neighbors, and a safe environment. A bustling community of 16,000 at the hub of four major highways and Interstate 88, Dixon sits within a two-hour drive to the exciting Chicago-land area, as well as O’Hare Airport.
It is hard to think of Dixon without associating the name of her most famous son, Ronald Wilson Reagan. The former president is well known for calling Dixon his hometown and spent his formative years in Dixon attending its schools and spending summers as a lifeguard at the Lowell Park Beach. Dixon was instrumental in forming the character of the 40th United States president. Today, many Reagan sites, including the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, are visited by thousands of tourists.
For more information on the Dixon community, please visit our Chamber of Commerce’s website!
About KSB Hospital
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital is a not-for-profit, independent healthcare provider located in Dixon, Illinois. We’re known as KSB Hospital, or simply KSB, to our community. We first opened our doors in 1897, when Judge Solomon Bethea gave his entire estate for the creation of a hospital in honor of his late wife Katherine.
The world has changed in great ways since we got our start over 120 years ago, but our mission of serving the healthcare needs of the community has remained constant. In order to fulfill our mission, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital has grown and evolved into today’s acute care hospital, our regional network of primary care clinics, and a multi-specialty physician group. Each year we reinvest in technology, facilities, and our employees in order to continue to meet the changing healthcare needs of our hometowns.