Monday is deadline day for KershawHealth, Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina. Monday marks the latest expiration date for a letter of agreement for Capella and MUSC Health to take over operations of the county's public hospital, converting it to a for-profit business.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees, which normally meets tonight for its second meeting of the month, is postponing the meeting to Wednesday. The meeting will still be held at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden and will still begin at 6 p.m.
Back in June, I told you about a S.C. Supreme Court ruling in a North Augusta case concerning public bodies entering executive sessions. As I've mentioned time and time again in this space, we still have a problem with the way certain public bodies here in Kershaw County go into executive session.
In September 2014, KershawHealth earned two "Zero Harm" awards from the S.C. Hospital Association and S.C. Medical Association during the two organizations' Trustees, Administrators and Physicians Conference. The awards were for having zero infections during hip and knee surgeries for 18 months. It appears, according to KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, the hospital is poised to receive those awards again. Holmstrom made her report during the board's Aug. 10 meeting.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students return to classes today for the 2015-16 school year. Many students got a sneak peek at their new classrooms late last week as schools hosted open houses or "meet and greets" for children and their parents.
Approximately 800 teachers returned to Kershaw County schools or joined them for the first time this week, not only preparing their classrooms, but preparing themselves for a new school year. Students will return to classes Monday.
In what may be a sign the pending lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., is about to be finalized, the hospital's board of trustees voted unanimously Monday on a measure which would make members of KershawHealth's executive team Capella employees.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use part of an executive session at the end of its meeting tonight to receive another update and more legal advice regarding the pending lease/purchase of the hospital by Capella Healthcare. Trustees will also discuss a possible property transaction with the city of Bethune.
Bethune Town Councilman Don Witham, armed with some financial facts, asked the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to consider keeping Bethune Elementary School (BES) open or, if it must consolidate BES and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES), to do so somewhere between the two communities on Hwy. 341.