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Sandhills is county’s first NCQA accredited facility

Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. is the first healthcare organization of its kind in Kershaw County to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation. The accreditation is for its Lugoff office in Kershaw County and another office in the town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County.

August 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Carolina Brotherhood rides into Camden

Twenty-seven firefighters from North and South Carolina rode up on bicycles to the Camden Fire Department (CFD) at Camden City Hall a little after 11 a.m. Monday. Family, friends and other supporters rode ahead or behind in trucks. Monday marked the Carolina Brotherhood's third day of riding, having started in Rocky Mount, N.C. They had just come from Darlington where they got the chance to run a circuit around the Darlington Raceway.

August 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Gabbiee Swainson’s body found in Kershaw County

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews knew something big was happening Thursday when 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson received a phone call while they were having lunch.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


No work session for city council Tuesday

Camden City Council will not meet for a work session Tuesday. Normally, council uses such sessions, which begin at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, to discuss business that may or may not be voted on during that night's regular meeting.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth releases CEO exit package

Donnie Weeks will officially retire as president and CEO of KershawHealth on Jan. 3, 2014, according to documents obtained Friday by the Chronicle-Independent through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. On that date, Weeks will receive a lump sum payment of $524,000, "which is intended to be the rough, approximate equivalent of the value of one year's cumulative compensation and benefits," according to a transition agreement and release obtained as part of the FOIA request.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Print or online, C-I here to stay

Once a week, probably around age 12, I rode my bike up and down Urbana Drive in the Wheaton-Glenmont neighborhood north of Washington, D.C., delivering copies of the Montgomery County Journal. My bike was black with newspaper baskets over the back wheel, and I once did a great end-over-end cartwheel off it while trying to impress a girl. I didn't get the girl, but did break and dislocate all four left hand fingers and split open my upper lip. No applause, please.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Patient increase can’t stave off KH losses

Despite an increase not only in surgical cases but inpatient admissions, KershawHealth still suffered an $830,000 loss and $1.2 million decrease in net assets during the month of June. The news came during Thursday's finance-focus meeting that saw the Kershaw County Board of Trustees vote to authorize its chairman to sign documents relating to President and CEO Donnie Weeks' pending retirement.

August 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Artificial intelligence, artificial life?

Some of the most fascinating stories in science fiction center around artificial intelligence, or AI. One of the most famous examples is Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, who also fulfilled the Pinocchio trope of being an android who wanted to be more human.

August 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Porter Cross Road fire under investigation

A fire at an old truck stop most recently being used for storage is under investigation.

August 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Weeks retiring as KershawHealth CEO

The question of who is in control of KershawHealth -- at least from an administrative standpoint -- will change sometime in the near future as Donnie Weeks announces his retirement as president and CEO of the healthcare organization.

August 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Who owns KershawHealth?

In early April, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said he would "much rather look at other agencies than close down the hospital." Wise made the comment during a presentation by KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks with Mike Bunch, the healthcare organization's vice president and COO/CFO. That presentation ended with Weeks and Bunch asking the county to take over deficit funding of its emergency management services (EMS) program.

July 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


SCHP issues 726 citations during ‘blitz’

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) issued 726 citations during its recent law enforcement "blitz" in Kershaw County. The SCHP partnered with the Camden and Elgin police departments and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office in an effort to combat a near tripling in fatal traffic accidents in the county.

July 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Survey: county needs help getting healthy

The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


A ‘small’ paper’s look into corruption

As a community newspaper editor, I'm always on the lookout for stories about papers like the C-I either doing stories you wouldn't expect from "small" publications or that are thriving in some way.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


City council clashes on SWRTA funding

Camden City Council ultimately came to a consensus Tuesday afternoon to provide some funding to the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA). That was after, however, a clash between some members of council over how much to give.

July 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Cahn: Parsing the Foster v. Chatman ruling

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against lower courts in Foster v. Chatman, finding Georgia prosecutors purposely used what are known as "preemptive strikes ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County budget passes second reading with amendments

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of the county's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget, but not before voting down several amendments ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Crime Report - May 27, 2016

(Editor's Note: Due to space considerations this week, we are running only a portion of today's Crime Report covering just the Kershaw County ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


ALPHA Center’s Wright receives Youth Arbitrator of the Year award

Ed Wright, a member of The ALPHA Center's Youth Diversion Program, is the 2016 Youth Arbitrator of the Year. Wright received the honor during ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Man arrested for armed robbery, home invasions

A young man thought to be responsible for a recent home invasion and kidnapping in Camden, another home invasion in Cassatt and the armed robbery ...

May 24, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Health Foundation of Kershaw County hands out first grants

In late April, the Health Foundation of Kershaw County (HFKC) handed out its first five grants under its new program to award grants to 501 ...

May 24, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth may be getting neighbor in Elgin

When KershawHealth's Outpatient/Urgent Care Center opened in Elgin seven years ago in October 2009, the county's plan was for it to become ...

May 24, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Attempt to give NC area schools more money fails

An attempt by Kershaw County Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Blackmon to provide more money to North Central area elementary schools failed 3-6 Tuesday. As ...

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Crime Report - May 20, 2016

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 25-year-old woman May 12 at a Dicey Creek Road residence after her mother said her daughter ...

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cahn: Mid-life romance in the digital age

It is very, very weird to be 51 and single in the second decade of the 21st century.

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth celebrates National Nurses Week

In addition to recognizing Palmetto Gold award-winning nurse Julie Watson in absentia (see accompanying story), KershawHealth took time out May 11 to celebrate National Nurses ...

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Watson is 2016 KH Palmetto Gold nurse

A month ago, S.C. Nurses Foundation Inc. and its all-volunteer steering committee chose KershawHealth's Judith A. Watson, BSN, RN, CGRN, as one of ...

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Due diligence on North Central schools tonight

The Kershaw County Board of Trustees will receive a due diligence report tonight on how much it would cost to bring not just Bethune and ...

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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