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Patient Is “Grateful for Excellent Care”: Routine Checkup Detects AFib in Retired Dixon Teacher

On a typical day in April, Jeff Kuhn headed to his scheduled office visit to see Dr. Welty, who was filling in for Dr. Williams. The checkup on his ears began as usual, with the nurse checking his vitals. But what happened next was unexpected: Dr. Welty said his heart rate was accelerated, and he needed an EKG.

“From then on, my ears were not that important,” says Kuhn. “After Brian, RN administered the test, Dr. Welty said I was in AFib, that he had called the emergency room, and I was to go there immediately.”

Once in the ED, things happened quickly. Tests were taken, and doctors came in to talk with Jeff, which led to his being transferred to the ICU. Dr. Hanif came in to explain what was happening and answer questions. Treatments began, and his heart rhythm stabilized by the next day.

“From the moment I arrived, my care was immediate and professional,” Kuhn says. “From the office to the ED and ICU, the outstanding treatment and concern made me feel comfortable. I wish I could remember everyone who helped me through the ordeal –many of the nurses and techs were former students of mine and very special to me.”

Being cared for by former students brought Jeff comfort during an unsettling time. He taught math, U.S. history, and government for 33 years in Dixon schools, including Washington, Madison, and Reagan.

“Everyone was wonderful, and I remember a few former students like Tessa (ED) and Taylor (ICU) providing great care,” adds Kuhn. “A special thank you to Ermir Ramadani for stopping by my room. He was in my wife’s class as a student in Franklin Grove, and I had the privilege of subbing there. He made my wife feel at ease.”

Jeff is feeling good and continuing care with Dr. Hanif and Dr. Williams. “I can’t say enough about everyone from Dr. Williams’ office, ED staff, Dr. Hanif, and the ICU team. The caring KSB staff made this frightening experience tolerable, and I felt cared for. Thank you for everything, KSB!”