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KershawHealth Foundation, racing association fund lithotripter center

Posted: June 3, 2011 3:14 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Foundation Board Chair Moultrie Burns, Foundation Executive Director Joseph Bruce, Carolina Cup Racing Association Board Chair Peggy Steinman and KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks visited the new lithotripter center before it opened to patients.

Last year the KershawHealth Foundation made a grant of $210,000 for the purchase of a lithotripter, which uses sound waves to break up kidney stones into tiny pieces that are easily passed. This grant, along with $90,000 from the Carolina Cup Racing Association, which annually provides funding to KershawHealth from the running of the Carolina and Colonial Cups, made the purchase possible.

Since the new lithotripter went into use in early 2010, nearly 250 patients have been treated. The need has grown to the point that the lithotripter now needs its own dedicated space, separate from the medical center’s operating rooms, KershawHealth officials said. In response, the foundation has made an additional grant of $45,000, again with an equal amount from the Carolina Cup Racing Association, for the creation of a lithotripter center at the KershawHealth Medical Center.

 “It is encouraging to see how closely aligned the foundation’s efforts are with the strategic priorities of KershawHealth,” said KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks during a recent visit to the new lithotripter center. “Just within the last three years, we successfully recruited a urologist to the county, and the funding of a permanent lithotripter in 2010 expanded urological services to everyone in our area. And now with the opening of a lithotripter center, we can truly say that we have transformed the care of kidney stone patients in Kershaw County.”

Peggy Steinman, board chair of the Carolina Cup Racing Association, stressed the value of the partnership between the racing association and the foundation.

 “What we have been able to accomplish with the foundation is truly in the spirit of what Marion duPont Scott intended when she bequeathed the Springdale Race Course to the state with the stipulation that the races help fund worthy projects at our local hospital,” she said.

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