A retired nurse lives alone with her 17-year-old cat. The car in her yard has sat for 11 years and the wheels are rotting off. She presents herself well, like she was formerly very active in the community, though the "veil of aging" shows. She says she's hoping for Thanksgiving guests, but you can tell no one had been there and that no one would be coming, except for a volunteer from her local Council on Aging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a looming physician shortage -- possibly by as much as more than 130,000 nationally by 2025 -- KershawHealth is looking to shore up its physician recruitment and retention programs. Those efforts were the focus of a presentation by KershawHealth Director of Physician Staffing and Development Cameron Mosier at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' June 24 meeting. Mosier's presentation included some warnings to the board, including the effects of healthcare reform and major physician shortages.
For the first time in five years, KershawHealth will conduct an employee morale survey, thanks to a unanimous vote to do so by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The board voted to do so during its general meeting Monday evening following a motion by Trustee Derial Ogburn.
The handsome young contestant strides onto the "American Idol" stage. The music swells, and Lazaro Arbos sings -- fluently, confidently. Thunderous applause and cheers follow. Then a judge on the popular TV show asks him a question. Lazaro opens his mouth emitting halting, repetitive sounds at first. In a few seconds, the spoken words come, but it's a struggle.
Birthdays are often a reason for celebration. Dr. Francis McCorkle's April birthday is a yearly moment of celebration, reflection and gratitude. A caring man the community has known as "Dr. Mac" for 57 years, the solo practitioner wasn't always a physician; he was also a soldier.
Saying he no longer wanted to be "a distraction," Scott Ziemke announced at the beginning of Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting that he was stepping back from his role as the board's chairman. He nominated Trustee Paul Napper, executive director of The ALPHA Center, to be his replacement. Trustees voted unanimously to elect Napper their chairman, with two abstentions: Napper as the nominee; and Trustee Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, who objected not to Napper, but to the process. Kershaw County Council appointed Napper in 2012; he began serving in October.
KershawHealth kicked off its Centennial Celebration Sunday at Temple Beth El. The Service of Thanksgiving included a tribute to Bernard Mannes Baruch and was meant as a way to "give thanks for a mission of caring that has remained steadfast for a century." Marlene Mischner welcomed the crowd and Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia gave tribute to Baruch. The Rev. Philip Blankenship of Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin, Rev. Ellis White of Camden First United Methodist Church and Rev. Barbara Segars of Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethune spoke during the service. Closing remarks were made ...