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KH board transfers contract authority to new chairman

Posted: October 22, 2015 6:36 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.

In August, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees granted authority to former Chair Karen Eckford to sign documents on behalf of the board in connection with the pending takeover of most hospital functions by Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health. In late September, Eckford signed three documents constituting final agreements between KershawHealth and Kershaw Hospital LLC -- representing the Capella/MUSC partnership -- to purchase certain hospital assets; to lease the main hospital and Elgin center for 40 years; and for Capella to at least temporarily manage the Karesh Long Term Center, of which the board will retain control.

There are still other documents to sign, however, before Capella and MUSC Health takeover hospital operations on Nov. 1.

During a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board transferred authority to sign any remaining documents to its new chairman, Derial Ogburn. The board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution transferring that power to Ogburn after part of an executive session. The board came out of executive session to vote and then voted to go back into executive session to continue Capella/MUSC-related discussions. The board took no vote after coming out of executive session the second time.

The resolution authorizes Ogburn to execute and deliver any transaction documents, including a bill of sale, assignment agreements or leases and escrow agreement, and to take any other actions necessary to carry out the intent of the asset purchase agreement previously signed by Eckford.

In addition, the resolution authorized KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn, as the board’s secretary, to execute and deliver a certificate of Wednesday’s resolution effectively making Ogburn the “seller” of the hospital to Capella and MUSC Health.

KershawHealth will celebrate its new affiliation with the Capella-MUSC Health Network, of which Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville is a part, during a special event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the medical center’s main entrance. Capella and MUSC Health officials are expected to be on hand for the event, which may include the unveiling of new signage noting the affiliation.

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