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KershawHealth: a solid foundation for the future

Posted: January 10, 2014 11:05 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 5:00 a.m.

There is no doubt that 2013 was a stressful and challenging year for KershawHealth. But it was also the year this healthcare system celebrated its centennial, and I can assure you, there are very few hospitals that have duplicated this accomplishment. It’s easy to see why. In the short time that I’ve been at KershawHealth, I’ve already seen tremendous strengths here that are a huge benefit, not only to the hospital, but to the community at large. It’s clear that KershawHealth has a solid foundation to build on for the future.

First and foremost, there is the absolute sincerity and dedication of everyone associated with KershawHealth. All those I’ve met -- whether it’s our employees, our volunteers, members of our medical staff, or our trustees and members of our other various boards -- are determined to provide quality care, excellence at every level, and are truly committed to the well-being of those we serve. When you start with relationships and people like this, you have what may be our greatest opportunity to succeed.

Second is the tremendous quality and breadth of services we provide and the multiple sites where KershawHealth provides care. From the emergency room and physical therapy to advanced diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment, it’s uncommon for a hospital or community of our size to be able to offer all this, and that’s something to be very proud of. It’s also been clear that KershawHealth has a tradition of investing in technology and improvements that have enhanced care for everyone in the community, and we want to continue to build on that moving forward.

There are a lot of changes going on in healthcare today -- we all know that. Changes in reimbursements that create financial challenges, shifts in where and how care is provided, and the evolution of technology are all part of the puzzle. KershawHealth is facing these challenges like everyone else, but we can find answers and ways to deal with all of this.

While we want to be good stewards of the resources KershawHealth has in place, what I’ve seen in the past is that the best way to succeed is not to cut, but to grow our services. In partnership with local physicians and our employees, we can go deeper with the services we currently provide, expand those service lines, and then provide additional new services. Not only does that benefit the hospital, but it’s good for the community, as well. When we’re able to grow the topline -- service revenues -- then the hospital will be able to overcome the economic challenges that come our way.

I’ve spent three decades in healthcare and been at the helm of eight hospitals, and what I know from that experience is that when smart, talented people come together on the same page to tackle a problem, they can overcome almost any challenge that’s presented. Our future is bright. There are many strategic options we can take and many roads we can go down. Right now, our objective is to investigate those and find the best possible options for KershawHealth. That’s essential, because it’s crucial that this healthcare system be around to care for this community for many years to come.

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