KishHealth System (KHS) is a values driven and progressive healthcare organization. We also:
We’re proud of our accomplishments, and would like you to meet a few of our outstanding team members:
2014 KishHealth System Spirit Award
Jennifer Lavoie, RN
Auditor of KishHealth System Health Information Management
The Karen Sepaniak KishHealth System Spirit Award was presented to Jennifer Lavoie, RN auditor for KishHealth System Health Information Management. In a short time, Lavoie has had a dramatic and positive impact on not only the HIM Department, but especially on the hospital as a whole. She has a long list of achievements from this past year that demonstrate how successful and influential she has been.
Her willingness to begin large and sometimes daunting projects demonstrates Lavoie’s leadership, determination, courage, and a can-do attitude that is infectious to other staff members. Her wide array of experience, knowledge, and skill sets have allowed her to approach departments and areas in such a positive and helpful way. The areas she works with have great respect for her and often say she “is one of us and understands us.” When she reports the success of a project, Lavoie gives the credit to the clinical staff who worked on it to accomplish their goals. Lavoie is a unique and valuable employee who has impacted so many and in such positive ways.
2014 People Pillar Award
Colleen Parks, LCSW
The health system’s People Pillar Award was presented to Colleen Parks, LCSW, manager of KishHealth System Social Services. She has consistently demonstrated excellent leadership skills for a rapidly growing and expanding team across the health system: Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals inpatient and outpatient services, both emergency departments, KishHealth System Home Care, and the Cancer Center. Parks has consistently performed above and beyond what is expected of employees, modeling excellent KishHealth System values and standards of behavior.
2014 Service Pillar
Food & Nutrition Services
Valley West Hospital
KishHealth System presented the Service Pillar Award to the Valley West Hospital Food & Nutrition Services Department. Over the past year, the department has introduced many positive changes that benefit patients and employees on a daily basis, including serving hot breakfast in the cafeteria and starting a new patient room service option. Their employee satisfaction scores have improved and they are sustaining them at 95% - a great accomplishment for their department.
2014 Quality Pillar
Valley West Hospital
The Quality Pillar Award was presented to the Surgical Services Department at Valley West Hospital. The Surgical Services Department at Valley West Hospital, as with all areas of the health system, looks for ways to improve and to promote quality. The department reviewed department policies and procedures, identified areas of improvement, and implemented changes. In fiscal year 2013, and 2014 thus far, the department’s core measures scores related to the Quality Pillar were consistently 99-100% for each quarter. These scores demonstrate this department’s consistency and high level of commitment to quality, to their patients and to the health system.
2014 Growth Pillar
The Growth Pillar Award was presented to KishHealth System Home Care. Last year, KishHealth System purchased the home care service line from the DeKalb County Board of Health when its volumes had dropped significantly over the years due to a large competitor field. With this purchase, the health system was able to continue to provide a needed service to the community. Since the service was transferred to the health system, Home Care’s volumes have tripled and continue to grow. The home care staff has shown continued compassion and commitment as the service line grows.
KishHealth System Nursing Excellence In Hospital Nursing
The KishHealth System Nursing Excellence Award in Hospital Nursing was presented to Ken O'Brien from the Kishwaukee Hospital Med/Surg Unit. His nominators said, “He truly treats each individual patient and staff member with care and concern,” and, “He is an impassioned nurse who is helpful and dedicated.” O’Brien is one of a handful of chemotherapy certified inpatient RNs. He willingly comes in to assist patients on all different shifts, days, and times, routinely accommodating any patients to meet their needs. He is compassionate and understanding with both patients and families, especially to those newly diagnosed or at the end of life. As a charge RN, he is supportive and dedicated to assisting staff members to become the best they can be, by educating, guiding and making sure that excellent patient care is the topmost goal of the unit at any time. O’Brien controls and guides staff through urgent and emergent situations calmly and with great leadership.
KishHealth System Nursing Excellence in Outpatient Nursing
Rebekah Earle, RN
KishHealth System Cancer Center, Sandwich
The KishHealth System Nursing Excellence Award in Outpatient Nursing was presented to Rebekah Earle, from KishHealth System Cancer Center, Sandwich. Earle’s nominators said, “She has a Can-Do attitude and is always willing to do what it takes,” and, “She is an asset to the department and to the organization, representing the health system’s values well.” Earle has taken on many additional responsibilities in the last year. Recently, she has been instrumental in facilitating standardization in treatment protocols between the two KishHealth System Cancer Center locations, enhancing patient safety and quality of care. Because of Earle’s extensive oncology knowledge and organizational skills, she provides support to her peers and assures quality care is provided.