Families with mentally or physically disabled loved ones face many difficulties. Expensive medical costs and personal care are just two obstacles which have to be faced.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee is now officially involved in the day-to-day decisions being made in negotiating the hospital's lease/sale to Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.
KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.
Joseph Bruce, executive director of the KershawHealth Foundation and KershawHealth's vice president of marketing and community development, will retire from both positions March 13. Bruce, a South Carolina native, returned to his home state in 2007 to join KershawHealth and the foundation after a career with major New York City and Washington, D.C., advertising and public relations agencies.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.
KershawHealth is offering to make a "one-time and final payment" of $2.636 million for Kershaw County to take over emergency medical services (EMS). The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted, 8-1, to make the offer following an executive session at the end of its meeting Monday night. Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom cast the lone "no" vote.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will continue discussing its pending lease/purchase deal with Capella Healthcare of Tennessee and the proposed transfer of emergency medical services (EMS) to Kershaw County. The board will receive legal advice on these issues in executive session near the end of its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.
A 9-year-old boy got to hug and say good-bye to his grandfather at KershawHealth before he died, thanks to the compassion of a nurse presented with the hospital's first-ever DAISY Award on Friday afternoon.
Kershaw County is asking KershawHealth for $3 million to assume operating emergency medical services (EMS) for the first 21 months following the anticipated March 31 takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. The county is asking KershawHealth to make the payment out of the money Capella will pay to lease KershawHealth's real estate and purchase its furniture, fixtures and equipment.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will focus on finances in several ways during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center in Camden.
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.
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.
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.
Two people have been referred to a health care provider for consultation after being exposed to rabies in the Kershaw area of Lancaster County by a cat that tested positive for the disease, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported last week.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
Former KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Paul Napper (center) shows off a gavel and plaque presented to him during Monday night's board meeting. Napper recently resigned from the board in order to join the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Commission. Napper joined the board in October 2012 and served as its chair for a time. Current Chair Karen Eckford said Napper "has always dedicated himself to the people of Kershaw County, and especially to the employees of Kershaw Health." She said KershawHealth's loss is CCTC's gain. During his tenure, Napper helped navigate the retirement of former CEO ...
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.
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