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KershawHealth board meets tonight

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Posted: April 10, 2015 3:33 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital’s annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.

During the executive session, trustees will also receive legal advice regarding the pending transfer of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.

KershawHealth, Capella and MUSC announced the deal in December 2014, originally targeting March 31 as the closing date. The three organizations signed a letter of intent for Capella -- in exchange for a $36 million payment -- to lease the hospital’s real estate; purchase its furniture, fixtures and equipment; and operate KershawHealth with MUSC Health as part of its Midlands HealthONE Network.

Recently, the parties agreed to extend the letter of intent to May 31 as they continue to conduct due diligence amongst themselves.

Parker Poe attorney David Summer, KershawHealth’s lead counsel on the Capella/MUSC deal will also provide an update during the executive session. During the session, trustees will also receive legal advice on two personnel matters. They will also discuss a hospital advisory board application.

During the open portion of tonight’s meeting, the board will hear:

• a quality committee report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom;

• a report on Palmetto Gold awards from CEO Terry Gunn;

• a report on a utilization management plan; and

• an update on the board’s May schedule from Chair Karen Eckford.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.

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