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Hospital board meets tonight

Posted: July 10, 2015 2:15 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees meets tonight in the first of two meetings for July.

The agenda includes a report from Board Chair Karen Eckford on meetings held by the board’s executive committee, which recently voted to extend a letter of intent to lease/purchase the KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. KershawHealth, Capella, MUSC Health -- Capella’s operating partner in South Carolina -- and Kershaw County signed the letter in December 2014. The full board voted to extend the letter several times beyond its original March 31 deadline. Most recently, the board’s executive committee voted to extend the letter to July 31.

The letter lays out a plan for Capella to lease KershawHealth’s real estate assets and purchase its furniture, fixtures and equipment for $36 million. Capella and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina, would operate the hospital as part of a new healthcare network. Capella purchased Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in December 2014, making it the first Capella-MUSC Health Network hospital.

Also on tap for this evening’s meeting are a quality update and report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, a compliance committee report from Trustee Steven Holliday Jr. and an executive session during which the board will receive an update and legal advice regarding the Capella/MUSC Health transaction.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.


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