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KSB Hospital Announces New Services and an Anniversary Celebration

One hundred and twenty-five years after Judge Solomon Bethea deeded a new 8 room, 16 bed Hospital for the benefit of Dixon residents,    KSB Hospital continues to add and expand services including  a new Women’s Imaging Center.

Opened on News Years Day 1897, the Hospital was established in honor of the Judge’s late wife, Katherine Shaw Bethea. Originally sitting on the east side of the existing facility, the building resembled a large two story house with a large veranda on the edge of the downtown business district. Hospital services at that time included an operating room,  2 “sun bath” rooms,  a dining room,  and living quarters for the superintendent.

More recent enhancements include  a dedicated Infusion Center for patients receiving intravenous therapeutics including antibiotics and chemotherapy,  along with a Wound Healing Center for the treatment of advanced wounds. According to Julie Mann, KSB Executive Director for Partnerships, the service offers “local access to hi-technology wound care products and hyperbaric oxygen for patients with slow closing diabetic ulcers, poor extremity circulation, and other wound healing challenges”.

Opening within the past few weeks,  the KSB Women’s Imaging Center brings state of the art screening services such as 3-D mammography, ultrasound, and bone density studies to a single new location in the Hospital Annex. “This new space was designed with patient privacy in mind, and provides us with more room, enhancing the patient experience” said Ray Sharp,  KSB Vice President.

The Hospital will be hosting an opportunity to see and learn more about the new services,  as well as,  to celebrate their 125 years of service to the greater Dixon area on Saturday, October 15. Tours of the newly renovated areas will be offered as well as brief health information presentations, along with lunch.

“While much has changed in healthcare over the past 125 years,  KSB’s commitment to our patients and communities has remained constant”,  says KSB Board Chair Colleen Henkel.  “From our humble beginning 125 years ago to the present day, KSB has cared for generations of families in our service area and we are honored to continue the tradition for the next 125 years. Please help us celebrate  on October 15 at KSB.”