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Noted and passed - May 26, 2014

Posted: May 23, 2014 7:51 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• As KershawHealth begins to reveal more details and implement its recently released strategic plan, it’s good to see strong support coming from both the KershawHealth Foundation and Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA). As published Friday, the two organizations are showing that support in the form of a more than $1 million investment -- a $675,000 grant from the foundation and another $345,000 in CCRA donations raised from past Cups -- to install a new nurse call system at the main campus’ medical center. As KershawHealth’s press release pointed out, the new system doesn’t merely upgrade a patient’s ability to call for a nurse, but will serve as a patient monitoring and staff management system. “A simple touch of the computer screen can create immediate, accurate voice connections with caregivers, send service dispatches, pinpoint staff locations, and make staff assignments and shift changes quickly,” the release said. All of that should “result in reduced errors and faster response times for patients,” something everyone wants when they work for are or in a hospital. At least as, if not more, important, however, is the fact that the foundation and CCRA are jointly saying they believe in the future of KershawHealth enough to make such a large investment. Hopefully, that will boost confidence in both the community and potential strategic partners that KershawHealth is on the right track to recovery.

• Dogs, butterflies and kids. We’re fortunate to live in a community that celebrates the fun things in life and we hope our recent coverage of the Grace Episcopal Church Annual Spring Dog Show, installations of butterfly gardens at Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools, and the United Way of Kershaw County’s recent Hand-in-Hand mentor/mentee dinner lifted your spirits. Many people lament that the news is filled with boring or depressing events. Government meetings, politics, crime and various tragedies are all staples of news organizations bringing you the news you “need.” Luckily, living in Kershaw County and being a part of the community means we can also have a little fun bringing you the good news that happens all around us. With today’s graduation section, for example, we celebrate our young people as they enter the worlds of college, military service or employment. Congratulations and good luck in the future!

• Speaking of kids, we’re hopeful that the newly announced nighttime flag football league project from the ALPHA Center and its partners will give a lot of kids something to do this summer other than hang out on street corners or cooped up in their rooms moaning about how there’s nothing for them in Kershaw County. The league is for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 and will meet three times a week from 6 to 9 p.m. -- exactly when the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice says most kids get in to trouble with criminal and sexual activity. The word is out that gangs are eyeing our communities again, waiting to recruit our youngest citizens into their ranks. The Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant brought a lot of programs here following the gang-related shooting death of Michael Smith in 2007. That grant funding is going away now. The flag football league and the pending opening of the Jackson Teen Center in the old Continuous Learning Center are steps the community is taking now to help kids of all ages resist the temptation to join any gang.

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