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Dr. Leland McElveen’s legacy of cancer care

"You do so well with the really sick patients -- better even than with the well ones."

February 12, 2014 | By Judy Ferrell Special to the C-I | Healthcare


REACH brings Level 1 stroke care to KershawHealth

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and in 2010 South Carolina had the sixth largest number of strokes in the country, in part because of its particularly high incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smoking. In addition, African Americans tend to have more debilitating strokes, and have them earlier in life, than other groups -- likely because one in three African Americans suffers from high blood pressure, the number one risk factor for stroke. Given statistics like that, treating stroke in South Carolina is essential.

February 03, 2014 | Photo and story provided by KershawHealth | Healthcare


REACH Brings Level 1 Stroke Care to KershawHealth

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and in 2010 South Carolina had the sixth largest number of strokes in the country, in part because of its particularly high incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smoking. In addition, African Americans tend to have more debilitating strokes, and have them earlier in life, than other groups – likely because one in three African Americans suffers from high blood pressure, the number one risk factor for stroke. Given statistics like that, treating stroke in South Carolina is essential.

February 03, 2014 | | Healthcare


Surgical cases up again at KershawHealth

As interim CEO Terry Gunn predicted two weeks ago, surgical volumes are up again in comparison to a year ago at KershawHealth. Surgical cases have been dropping at KershawHealth -- comparing year-to-date figures from fiscal year to fiscal year -- for some time.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Community Medical Clinic celebrates 15 years of service

Located off DeKalb Street in Camden, directly behind the United Way/Holsten Center Building and Food for the Soul, is a non-profit 501(c)(3), medical clinic that has been offering free services to the uninsured and underinsured of Kershaw County for 15 years. According to the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County Resource Development Coordinator Deb McAbee, "the (clinic) was founded in 1998 by concerned citizens who wished to provide healthcare access to uninsured residents. Initially, the clinic's offices were located in the front of the Holsten Center."

January 27, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


Local doc dual certified for orthopedics, sports medicine

People with injuries or other issues with bones or connective tissues like ligaments and tendons often think they have to go to a big city for treatment, but Camden has a doctor who is board certified in both orthopedics and sports medicine: Dr. Andrew Piasecki, M.D., at Carolina Bone and Joint, 1112 Mill St.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare


Gunn: ‘encouraging trends’ at KershawHealth

While interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn didn't have all good news for the healthcare organization's board of trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting, he did describe much of what he's seeing as "encouraging trends."

January 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


It’s flu season in Kershaw County

There have been nearly 100 cases of the flu in Kershaw County since the end of September, according to figures provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection prevention and control, said the week of Sept. 29 -- known as Week 40 -- is the week the flu season officially began and cases of influenza-like illnesses are recorded.

December 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


Gunn: ‘we need to re-win … re-earn trust’

KershawHealth's new interim chief executive officer (CEO) says the healthcare organization needs to reestablish relationships with physicians and the trust of the people of Kershaw County in order to succeed in the future. Terry Gunn, who took over as interim CEO two weeks ago, made the statement as part of a report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Tuesday evening.

December 20, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth Pharmacy director reelected to SCSHP board

Doug Murray, PharmD, of Heath Springs, has been reelected to the board of the S.C. Society of Health System Pharmacists (SCSHP) as the representative for District 3. SCSHP is a state affiliate of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. SCHSP's mission is to advance public health, safety, patient care and patient outcomes through enhancing the roles of health-system pharmacy professionals by promoting education, communication, research and legislation.

December 16, 2013 | | Healthcare


S&P lowers KershawHealth bond rating to BBB-

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term rating to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' on South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority's $19.6 million series 2008 hospital revenue bonds issued for KershawHealth. The outlook is negative.

December 13, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


New Interim CEO moving forward at KershawHealth

The first thing Terry Gunn mentions is how the older of his two sons loves photography.

December 11, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘Access’ to healthcare continues thanks to $500,000 Duke Endowment grant

The Duke Endowment recently awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant to KershawHealth to expand Access Kershaw's community network of care for low-income, high risk patients in Kershaw County, many of whom are uninsured. Access Kershaw is a strategic partnership between KershawHealth, Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic, Sandhills Medical Foundation, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of Mental Health, and the ALPHA Center.

December 09, 2013 | | Healthcare


Gunn begins as interim KershawHealth CEO

Terry J. Gunn is now acting as KershawHealth's interim chief executive officer (CEO). Gunn signed an employment agreement Wednesday with KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chair Karen Eckford and began working that day.

December 06, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board chooses Gunn to be interim CEO

It didn't take long Friday morning for the KershawHealth Board of Trustees to choose Terry J. Gunn as the person members would like to have as the healthcare organization's interim chief executive officer (CEO).

November 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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