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Posted: August 30, 2012 6:43 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A KershawHealth accreditation survey that reflects “the most favorable results I have seen in my many years as a healthcare CEO,” according to chief executive Donnie Weeks, is a positive sign for KershawHealth during a period of financial turmoil. The hospital’s financial struggles (as have those of many hospitals) have been well documented over the last couple years as the economy has taken a toll on elective surgeries and other procedures, so KershawHealth was in need of some good news.

 It got that in the form of a report from The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies more than 19,000 healthcare organizations throughout the United States, including approximately 82 percent of the nation’s hospitals. According to KershawHealth, the commission’s standards are meant to address a hospital’s performance in specific areas and help ensure quality patient care and safety, as well as identifying and implementing industry best practices. The commission is the accrediting agency for KershawHealth.

Small, community-owned hospitals such as the facility in Camden are becoming rare, as larger, for-profit facilities have been gobbling them up in recent years across the country. Less-than-sparkling performance sometimes leads to such transactions. So it’s good to see a glowing review from the commission, which sent seven health care professionals here to conduct the study. Local sources said commission inspectors specifically commented on the hospital’s outstanding job in patient care and the excellence of the staff.

Operating a hospital has become much more difficult during the last 10 years and it’s good to see that KershawHealth is apparently adapting well to all the changes that are taking place.


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