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KH board chooses Bunch for CEO

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees already knows who it wants to be the healthcare organization's chief executive officer (CEO): Mike Bunch, currently KershawHealth's executive vice president, chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO).

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Patch never matched local news

Last week, I wrote about Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post and how the so-called "demise" of print news is something most community newspapers like the Chronicle-Independent have been fortunate to avoid. That's because the C-I and papers like it have been "hyperlocal" before anyone coined the term. We pretty strictly limit our coverage to news that happens inside the borders of Kershaw County. When we tackle something larger, we always "bring it home" by linking it to someone or something in the county.

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Blues festival making changes for 2013

There are going to be some changes to this year's Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden and Camden City Council is helping the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County to make those changes and advertise the festival. Council members asked FAC Executive Director Kristin Cobb to speak as they considered a resolution to appropriate $5,000 worth of additional hospitality taxes to assist with advertising expenses. Some of the money will also be used for additional staging and security costs.

August 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


Ernest Health option passes on second reading

The possibility of a new rehabilitation hospital coming to the Elgin area took a step closer to reality May 24 as Kershaw County Council unanimously ...

May 31, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County


Bishopville man dies after motorcycle hits truck

A Bishopville man died Saturday from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon after his motorcycle struck a truck in Elgin. Kershaw County Coroner David West identified ...

May 31, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report Extra - May 31, 2016

(Editor's Note: Due to space considerations last week, we are running an extra Crime Report today, including incidents from the Camden and Elgin police ...

May 31, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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