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FRC, CFUMC team up in fight against teen pregnancy

Kershaw County's Family Resource Center (FRC) has teamed up with Camden First United Methodist Church to raise awareness and money for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month.

May 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


From soldier to physician

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.

May 06, 2013 | Tray Dunaway | Healthcare


Ziemke steps back from KH board chairmanship

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.

April 24, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Centennial service

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 ...

April 24, 2013 | | Healthcare


Rabies vaccination clinic set for Saturday

A rabies clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salt Pond Farm & Garden, 2487 Springvale Road, in Kershaw County. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is partnering with participating veterinarians across the state to help residents protect their pets and themselves against rabies, the agency announced today. Local veterinarian Hamilton Tetterton will offer Saturday's clinic.

April 12, 2013 | | Healthcare


Karesh Wing more than just long-term care

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.

April 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH trustees split on Medicaid expansion

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.

March 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH asking county to take over EMS deficit

KershawHealth doesn't want to be the exception anymore.

March 27, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth trustees abolish committees

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.

March 01, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH records $1.5 million in ‘meaningful use’ income

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.

February 27, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth announces Centennial photo contest

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).

February 22, 2013 | | Healthcare


100 days/100 years

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is helping KershawHealth celebrate its 100th anniversary with decorations and donations from various schools in the district.

February 13, 2013 | | Healthcare


100 days/100 years

They walked, they ran, sometimes they fell down, but -- despite low, gray clouds and high winds -- they were all smiles.

February 04, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Gill, Christenberry to join new KH surgical practice

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.

January 30, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth left out of DSH expansion

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.

January 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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