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Published on March 28, 2011

KishHealth System Announces Physician Awards

March 28, 2011

Three Kishwaukee Community Hospital medical staff members have been recognized by KishHealth System as Acclaimed Physicians for 2011. They are Dr. Krishna Reddy, Dr. Karen Federici, and Dr. Rogér Maillefer.

Dr. Reddy, the hospital’s chief pathologist and director of the health system’s Continuing Medical Education program, received the Promotion of Quality of Award.

Dr. Federici, a family medicine physician who practices in Genoa received the Outstanding Service to Patients Award; and Dr. Maillefer, a general surgeon with DeKalb Clinic, received the Humanitarian/Community Service Award. 

The awards were presented at the health system’s fourth annual Physician Recognition Event.  Twenty-two physicians from the Kish and Valley West Community Hospital medical staffs received nominations from employees, the community and medical staff colleagues.

Dr. Karen FedericiOutstanding Service to Patients
Dr. Federici, who is board certified in Family Medicine, cares for women and their children, stressing a natural approach to medicine and parenting.

Patients who nominated her said she is an outstanding doctor, a doctor who listens, “really listens to you,” who takes the time to answer questions and explain things in a way patients can understand. She is highly recommended by others and described as caring, knowledgeable, helpful and available after hours.

One nominator noted that her children, like so many, seem to get sick right after the doctor’s office has closed, or worse yet, on a Friday, after 5 pm. She said she has had to call this physician, after office hours, because of a sick child. 

“I felt so bad – I didn’t want to take her away from her own family time – but not once, did she ever make me feel like I was intruding. In fact, she reminded me that she was there for us whenever we needed her. As a first time parent, I cannot find words to express my gratitude for her consistently understanding attitude.”

Another said her children love going to the doctor because of Dr. Federici’s care. 
Strengths described in her nominations include the words “goes above and beyond,” “offers outstanding support,” and “amazed at how patient she is with me.” 

Dr. Federici, mother of four and a board certified lactation consultant, makes herself available for classes and support groups on breastfeeding and is respected for her wealth of knowledge on the subject. She also is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

She joined the medical staff and started her practice, Family First Physicians, Genoa, in 2006, where she continues with the help of her husband, Barry.  In 2010, she received the Daily Chronicle’s DeKalb County’s Finest Awards for Best Physician and One of the Best Women’s Health Centers. Dr. Federici also received an award from the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition in November 2010.

Dr. Krishna ReddyPromotion of Quality
Dr. Reddy has been medical director of the hospital’s Pathology and Clinical Laboratory since 1977, and during these past 34 years, he has been instrumental in the hospital achieving excellent standards of care.

His involvement has included excellent performances on laboratory surveys by regulatory agencies, participating in several committees and improvement teams, demonstrating a strong commitment to continuing medical education (CME), and working to bring advancements to Kish that greatly benefit patient care.

In his drive to improve standards of care, he has promoted new lab testing procedures both in anatomical and clinical pathology areas that have resulted in rapid turnaround times, especially for cancer diagnoses.  Attending physicians value this information from Dr. Reddy and his staff because it provides accurate diagnosis and treatment options for their patients and often results in shorter lengths of stay.

Dr. Reddy thanked the medical staff and administration, as well as laboratory staff and CME staff for their roles in raising the bar at Kish on the quality of patient care and continuing medical education.

In 1982, at the request of the medical staff, Dr. Reddy volunteered to chair the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee, and since then the hospital and now KishHealth System, have been accredited to provide American Medical Association Category 1™ credit CME sessions.  

Because of his diligent leadership, in 2010, the KishHealth System Continuing Medical Education program received six years of accreditation with commendation, making it one of 10 Illinois hospitals to receive this maximum honor, something he is very proud of. 

“The commitment of the organization’s medical and administrative leadership to our pillars of service excellence aided in achieving this maximum accreditation,” Dr. Reddy said.

In addition to his medical degree and board certifications in his specialty, he earned his M.S. in Experimental Pathology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his MBA from Northern Illinois University.  He served as Kish Hospital’s Chief of Staff from 1988-89.  In addition to being a member of several professional societies, he also holds a lifetime membership in the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Reddy is medical director of the labs at DeKalb Clinic, NIU Health Services and Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s Cancer Center, and he serves on the board of directors for Heartland Blood Center.  He also is a member and site surveyor for the Illinois State Medical Society for Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. Rogér Maillefer.Humanitarian Community Service

Dr. Maillefer was recognized for his commitment to caring for people in dire need of medical care, most notably in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. 

His passion for helping others took shape as a young boy, growing up in Kenya where his parents were missionaries. He came back to attend college at Northern Illinois University, went on to medical school at the University of Illinois in Rockford, and in 1998, found his way to a position as a general surgeon at DeKalb Clinic and Kishwaukee Community Hospital. He was hospital chief of staff in 2009.

Dr. Maillefer and his wife traveled to Haiti as part of a medical mission to a Port au Prince hospital sponsored by Christ Community Church.  He even inspired a Kish anesthesiologist and day surgery nurse to join him.

Notes from that trip illustrate the conditions and obstacles they faced. 

“Most of the patients had at best one meal a day and most had no idea where their next meal or drink would come from. The challenge was the anesthetic, IV pain and sedation medicines that were losing their potency, causing us much stress about over or under dosing.”            

“The tubing for the general anesthesia machines burst from dry rot. The heat was 95 degrees in the shade and there was no breeze in the OR. Most patients came in dehydrated. The heat took a visible toll on the team due to poor sleep and fatigue. We were able to perform 20 surgeries in four days, but during one surgery, we ran out of electricity and had to use flashlights,” he wrote. 

An unexpected coincidence is that Dr. Maillefer and his teams were at the same hospital where Kish had donated an X-ray machine from the old hospital and a palette of medical supplies following the earthquake. And several months later, the Port au Prince doctor that hosted the Kish team paid a visit to the hospital to officially say thank you. Dr. Maillefer and his team are planning to go back to Haiti in November. 

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