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Health Services District taps Harrell for executive director

District eyeing NHC to manage Karesh Wing

Posted: December 2, 2016 9:09 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2016 9:10 a.m.
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Sallie C. Harrell

The Health Services District of Kershaw County has named Sallie C. Harrell executive director.

Harrell started her new position effective Dec. 1, according to Derial Ogburn, Chairman of the Health Services District Board of Trustees. 

As Executive Director, Harrell will be responsible for creating and recommending a long term vision for the District; reviewing and recommending proposed community projects and oversight of the Karesh Long Term Care facility.

“I’m excited to welcome Sallie as the first employee of the newly reorganized District,” Ogburn said. “The Board conducted a thorough search and has selected an individual who possesses the talents to position the District to make a huge contribution to the Kershaw County community.” 

Harrell is a 2003 graduate of Wofford College and obtained a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from The University of South Carolina in 2005.   She most recently served as a Program Coordinator II within the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services Development in the Division of Certificate of Need with SC DHEC.  In addition, she has served as Vice President for Community Impact with the Junior League of Columbia for the past two years and has served on that organization’s board of directors for four years.

A native of Camden, Harrell is the daughter of Sam and Nancy Cheek of Camden.

The board has also decided to move forward with pursuing a partnership with National Health Care, a Murphreesboro, Tenn.-based national healthcare company that specializes in nursing home and long-term care facilities, to become the managing entity of the Karesh Long Term Care facility, Ogburn said.

While Capella, the company that bought the hospital in 2015, has been managing the Karesh Wing for the district, Capella is not in that business and there was never any intention by either party for this to be a long-term solution, Ogburn said. Therefore, the board has been seeking a managing partner that does specialize in long term care and nursing facilities. 

“We have been talking to and have vetted a number of companies,” Ogburn said. “We believe NHC to be the best fit for us.”

As an advocate for a new facility for the Karesh facility, Ogburn said he was especially interested and impressed with NHC’s capacity for and experience with the facilities construction aspect of the business.

If all goes well, the board hopes to have a contract ready within the next six months, he said.

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