Dr. Vincent Degenhart said "it was a shock" to receive both the S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) 2014 Physician of the Year Award and the Order of the Palmetto at the same time a month ago. Degenhart was recognized for his work combating childhood obesity. He formed and chairs the S.C. Childhood Obesity Task Force.
During a special invitation-only event Thursday afternoon and evening at the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School on Lakeshore Drive in Camden, KershawHealth launched a new "employee engagement" campaign. The campaign, called "You Are Vi+al" (the "+" -- actually an orange colored healthcare symbol -- represents the letter "t"), features six 2-1/2 to 3 minute videos celebrating employees who go "above and beyond" for KershawHealth's patients, visitors, fellow employees and others.
The KershawHealth Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved a more than $675,000 grant to KershawHealth at its May 20 meeting. The grant, along with $345,000 worth of cumulative gifts from the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) from the last four years, will help fund a new $1.02 million nurse call system.
KershawHealth hopes to at least mitigate a potential $32 million loss by 2018 through a strategic plan unanimously adopted by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday night. The plan focuses on strengthening existing healthcare services, adding new facilities adjacent to the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center and transforming Burndale Plaza.
In January, Dr. Cathy Moss, the first woman to graduate from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), retired from a 40-year career in dentistry. Approximately 30 of those years were spent in Camden at what is now known as Drs. Moss & Owens dental practice, the practice of Dr. Moss and her late husband, Dr. William L. Owen III.
KershawHealth's Healthcare Place at Bethune will remain open, according to Wayne Tidwell of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees who spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday afternoon. Tidwell appeared with interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn as part of a quarterly report to council.
By consensus, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recently approved a request from interim CEO Terry Gunn to become a client of his former consulting firm, Charter Resource Group (CRG) of Brentwood, Tenn. Gunn brought the request to the board during its March 24 meeting and had CRG founder Mark Arnold speak to trustees. Adams told the board he has mentored Gunn for most of his adult life.
Gina Allen, a registered nurse in KershawHealth's oncology department, has been named one of 100 nurses from across South Carolina to receive the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award. A coalition of nurses created the award in 2002 to showcase nursing's valuable contributions to patient care and to support scholarships for students enrolled in South Carolina registered nurse programs.
"I'm going to walk out of here on March 3rd."
Gloria Keeffe is stepping down from her position KershawHealth's chief nursing officer, a position she has held since 2005. Keeffe's last day with the healthcare organization will be March 28. She joined KershawHealth in 2004 as director of surgical services and promoted to vice president and chief nursing officer one year later.
At the end of its meeting Monday, following a somewhat lengthy executive session, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously to authorize KershawHealth administrators to negotiate and execute an agreement for emergency department services with TeamHealth.
On paper, January turned out to be a better month financially than KershawHealth has seen in some time. Compare January's $84,000 operating loss to December's $344,000 loss, November's $572,000 loss and October's $902,000. For all of Fiscal Year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, 2013, KershawHealth experienced a $3.62 million operating loss and $4.75 million decrease in net assets.
Safety and security were the lead topics at a KershawHealth Board of Trustees' meeting Feb. 10. KershawHealth Director of Safety and Emergency Preparedness Abby Palmer, RN, presented the board with her annual safety report. Her report provided safety and security highlights from 2013, and looked ahead to 2014.
Donnie J. Weeks, FACHE, recently retired president and CEO of KershawHealth, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award on February 6. The award was bestowed on Weeks by William T. Manson III, president and COO at AnMed Health and ACHE's Regent for South Carolina. The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE's goals.
"You do so well with the really sick patients -- better even than with the well ones."
A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.
On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.
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