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KH starts to feel pinch from ACA focus on quality

KershawHealth will lose money in 2015 for a very specific reason: new quality performance standards which became law Jan. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


School board to hold preliminary budget discussion

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and CFO Donnie Wilson will lead a preliminary discussion of the district's 2015-2016 budget at a Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting set for Tuesday evening.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Pat Watts, long-time FAC, DAR supporter passes

A long-time supporter of both the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is being mourned today. Patricia "Pat" Plyler Watts died Tuesday at the age of 79.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


CFD honors firefighters of the year at council meeting

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recognized two of its top firefighters during Tuesday nights' Camden City Council meeting. CFD Chief John Bowers announced Lt. Chris Tidwell as the CFD's 2014 Career Firefighter of the Year and retired Capt. Gene Parnell as its Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

January 16, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


SLED still investigating Folsom shooting

U.S. Marshals who fatally shot a federally convicted Camden accountant Dec. 5, 2014, notified the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) they were coming into Kershaw County the day before, but chose not to have the county's chief deputy accompany them.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crescent Communities sell-off includes Kershaw County land

Crescent Communities LLC, a real estate offshoot of Duke Energy, recently closed on the sale of thousands of acres of land in South Carolina, most in Kershaw County. Portions of the property also lie in Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties.

January 14, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Cahn: We’re all part of ‘Team Civilization’

I'm having to do it again. It's a compulsion, I suppose, but at least it's a good one, in my opinion. Once again, I see some people on Facebook or other spots on the internet calling for the utter destruction of "Muslims" or "Islam."

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. The relatively light agenda includes a quality committee report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom which will touch on a "pay for performance" update.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to hear Equine Foundation presentation

Representatives from the S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation (SCEPF) will speak before Camden City Council during its meeting Tuesday night. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.; there will be no afternoon work session. SCEPF officials are expected to update council on a $250,000 grant application to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KershawHealth sees 215 flu cases in one week

In one recent week, KershawHealth recorded 215 positive rapid flu tests. According to Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection control and prevention, those 215 positive tests came back during the week ending Dec. 27. Guild said that is the highest number of positive flu tests this season.

January 07, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: We made it to the future

(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)

January 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Gunn no longer 'interim' KershawHealth CEO; gets raise with amended contract

Terry Gunn is no longer the "interim" chief executive officer (CEO) for KershawHealth. With a moderate raise and a substantial retention bonus attached, Gunn is now the permanent CEO of the county's public healthcare system.

December 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Cahn: ‘Mr. BB’ is my Person of the Year

I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.

December 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


McDowell Road bridge replacement starts Monday

Monday, a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) contractor will begin replacing McDowell Road bridge, one of only 90 in the state being replaced as part of a special state-federal program funded under S.C. Act 98.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Details of Capella/MUSC deal for KershawHealth revealed

$45 million is the price for a collaboration of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) patient care arm, known as MUSC Health, to take over KershawHealth.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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KH, Capella/MUSC letter of intent extended one month

KershawHealth, Kershaw County, Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health are extending a letter of intent (LOI) agreeing to a pending $36 million purchase of the county's local healthcare system by one month from Sunday to June 30. That date will, according to a motion made Tuesday night by KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, coincide with the projected closing date of the Capella/MUSC Health deal. MUSC Health is the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.

May 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Heart recipient is American Legion essay contest winner

Nearly three years ago, in November 2012, Amari Williams finished four months in intensive care waiting for and then receiving a new heart. He had been diagnosed six months earlier with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes weak and enlarged, causing it not to pump blood efficiently.

May 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSD to consider SCDOT easement request around CHS

In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KH board to receive further Capella/MUSC advice

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


City council to consider Beechwood PDD recommendation

Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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