Jeanne Hanley, administrator of KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Center, says it has been an interesting, but challenging transition from being just a long-term care facility into one that also offers short-term rehabilitation services.
Most members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday to pass a resolution to support expanding Medicaid in South Carolina. It was not a unanimous vote, however, as seven trustees voted in favor of the resolution, one voted against and one abstained.
There are no longer finance, executive or governance committees among the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. On a unanimous vote, trustees decided Monday to abolish those three committees in favor of having the full nine-member board deal with the details of the decisions those committees make. The one exception may be the executive committee.
KershawHealth is recording $1.5 million in other operating income -- actually $1.67 million with 10 percent placed in reserve -- for meeting Medicare-related "meaningful use" criteria set by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
KershawHealth invites Kershaw County residents to submit entries for its Centennial Photo Contest that opened Tuesday. Four winners will be selected in both the Youth (under 18) and Adult (18 and over) categories. Winners will be announced and displayed during Centennial Celebration Week (April 21-27).
Kershaw County's only two general surgeons, doctors Edward A. Gill and Paul Christenberry, are joining forces as part of an agreement to form KershawHealth General Surgery. Dr. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners while Dr. Christenberry will end his solo practice to join the healthcare organization.
During her recent State of the State address, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that, beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year, the state's Medicaid-designated rural hospitals would be fully compensated for their otherwise uncompensated costs through what is known as the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.
Reflecting back on the KershawHealth Foundation's decision to undertake a fundraising campaign to mark the hospital's 100th year, Mary Ellen Green, chair of the board of directors, noted that "The Centennial Fund has been created to support critical advancements in future years as KershawHealth continues its commitment to being the best community healthcare system in South Carolina. Our goal is ambitious because the need is critical." The goal is to build a fund of $4 million, with $2.5 million presently in the fund and $1.5 million yet to be raised to reach the goal.
The 2012-13 flu season has already become the worst of the last seven years, according to KershawHealth Infection and Prevention Control Director Paula Guild. The good news could be, however, that the number of flu cases peaked earlier in the season.
KershawHealth has entered its centennial year, and President and CEO Donnie Weeks took time during the KershawHealth Board of Trustee's first meeting of the year Jan. 8 to "take stock and focus for the future." Weeks also briefly touched on the healthcare system's bond ratings and worker's compensation benefit for employees.
In just a few days, the Santee Wateree Rural Transportation Authority (SWRTA) will stop providing transportation to Medicaid patients. Shutting down such transportation after Dec. 31 will end 27 years of service to Medicaid patients, affecting not only Kershaw County, but Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Sumter counties.