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(c)(3) corporations which demonstrate a positive impact on the overall health of Kershaw County residents. The foundation previously advanced healthcare quality through the funding of capital improvements projects at KershawHealth. The foundation changed its name -- and the way it met its mission -- after KershawHealth became part of Capella Healthcare in collaboration with MUSC Health.
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 Week by handing out its latest DAISY Award winners during a ceremony in the hospital's third floor Med 2 lobby.
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 its 100 2016 Palmetto Gold nurses. This is the 15th year the Palmetto Gold Steering Committee has honored nurses like Watson -- nurses who "exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the nursing profession," according to a copy of the 2016 program.
Dr. Jack Scheuer III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Scheuer Jr., of Camden, won the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons' national 2016 John Bostwick Award Competition in January during the 32nd annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium in January.
Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, who has maintained a long internal medicine practice in Kershaw County, once served as KershawHealth's chief of staff and served on the former KershawHealth Board of Trustees, is now the chief medical officer (CMO) for both KershawHealth and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. The two hospitals are part of the Capella-MUSC Health Network.
Just two months after being taken over by Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health, KershawHealth announced Wednesday it has initiated a workforce reduction plan which includes the elimination of 26 positions, reducing its workforce by approximately 3 percent.
In a statement released today, The KershawHealth Foundation announced it is changing its name to the Health Foundation of Kershaw County. In the press release, foundation officials said the organization has historically operated as a non-profit organization engaged in the operation of advancing healthcare in Kershaw County through its funding of capital improvement projects and programs within KershawHealth.
According to a financial report presented to the Health Services District of Kershaw County Board of Trustees at its Nov. 30 meeting, KershawHealth suffered an $894,000 loss just as a majority of hospital operations were being transferred to Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.
KershawHealth recently announced in a press release it has been recognized as a 2015 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the country's leading accreditor of health care organizations. The program recognizes performance improvments on evidence-based interventions increasing the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.
According to information provided to the Chronicle-Independent in response to a S.C. Freedom of Information Act request, the Health Services District of Kershaw County Board of Trustees netted approximately $2.3 million from the $35 million lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare.
One organization is still deciding its future in the wake of Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health's takeover of KershawHealth. The KershawHealth Foundation is trying to decide not only its future, but exactly how it will disburse approximately $2 million in donations it still holds.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees congratulated three of their own Monday night as they met for the last time as the governing body of the county's public hospital. When members meet again Nov. 9, they will do so as trustees of the Health Services District of Kershaw County. They will do so not at the Health Resource Center where they did Monday night, but at the Karesh Long Term Care Center, the only aspect of healthcare delivery in the county the board will oversee.