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KershawHealth Joint Commission survey results ‘excellent’

KershawHealth completed its most recent survey by The Joint Commission Aug. 7-10, and the initial results were excellent. During their final briefing, surveyors noted that KershawHealth is performing well throughout the system and providing excellent care for its patients. The commission complimented staff members on their professionalism and care, and noted as well the positive engagement of physicians and board members.

August 27, 2012 | | Healthcare


KH may use tech to track hand washing

Washing your hands. It sounds simple, almost trivial to talk about. However, ever since Joseph Lister -- working off the theories of Ignaz Semmelweis and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. -- pioneered antiseptic surgery, it's been an important component to keeping patients healthy and alive in hospitals around the world. So important that the very act of hand washing has become something to be tracked at KershawHealth.

August 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fitch affirms KershawHealth’s BBB+ rating

Fitch Ratings, the international credit rating agency has affirmed its BBB+ rating for KershawHealth and deemed the healthcare system's rating outlook as "stable." George Corbin, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and chair of the board's finance committee, gave his fellow trustees the good news at its July 23 meeting.

July 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth to close one operating room

In response to a significant downturn in outpatient surgery volumes, KershawHealth announced Tuesday that it will close one active operating room. The move will eliminate one management position and five clinical and surgical positions. Two current vacancies in the surgical department will also not be filled. KershawHealth officials said in a press release that it expects to save approximately $600,000 each year with the operating room closure.

June 29, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Hospital Auxiliary builds on history of support for KershawHealth

Nearly two years before the establishment of what is now KershawHealth in Camden, a group of women gathered to raise funds for the building of what was then referred to as the Burdell Hospital.

June 27, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


KershawHealth continues looking at finances

As with any other business in recent years -- profit or not -- KershawHealth has continued to look at its finances and respond to challenges. Once again, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees reviewed its financial challenges during its most recent meeting, April 29.

June 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Experts see disturbing trends among county youth

The ALPHA Center in Camden is sending out a warning to parents about two new trends it is seeing among county youth: smoking Smarties and something called the "Cinnamon Challenge."

May 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth offers convenient, fast physicals for student athletes

KershawHealth offered free sports physicals to Kershaw County School District students May 9 at KershawHealth Primary Care at Elgin.

May 16, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


KershawHealth manages drug shortages

Another symptom of the economy, hospitals across the country are experiencing a higher number of drug shortages on a more frequent basis. KershawHealth can experience those shortages, too, but has processes in place that, in effect, keep patients from really even noticing.

April 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH golf tourney benefits prostate cancer screenings

The 22nd annual KershawHealth Foundation Vern Kechem Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Camden Country Club.

April 04, 2012 | | Healthcare


Palmetto Health to manage KH lab services

By summer, Palmetto Health will be handling all laboratory services for KershawHealth. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to enter into a five-year agreement with Palmetto Health to provide day-to-day management of KershawHealth's primary laboratory on its main campus and its lab at KershawHealth's Outpatient and Urgent Care Center in Elgin. KershawHealth will continue to manage its lab at the West Wateree Medical Complex.

March 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH remains attuned to economic 'challenges'

As KershawHealth moves through its 99th year of service, its chief executive officer continues to look at the challenges the health care system must still face in the years to come.

March 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Weeks elected to state hospital association board

KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.

February 20, 2012 | | Healthcare


KH approves new MRI unit

After nearly 10 years, KershawHealth's MRI unit is making way for a newer, more advanced and efficient replacement. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees approved the nearly $2 million purchase at its Jan. 23 meeting.

January 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Pulse of health care

(The online version of this story has been modified to correct an error in the fourth paragraph. Originally, the C-I erroneously attributed the term "perfect storm" to a statement by Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO David Pankau instead of to BCBS board chairman Ed Sellers, as indicated here, who was a speaker at the KershawHealth Foundation's recent Baruch Dinner in November. The C-I regrets the error.)

December 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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Tax collection helps KH make $1.1 million in February

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.

March 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board recognizes Napper for service

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 ...

March 27, 2015 | | Healthcare


KershawHealth, Capella/MUSC deal extended

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.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board to go over financials tonight

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.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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