About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
During the open portion of an Oct. 27 meeting which included an executive session presentation from a possible strategic partner, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees learned it lost approximately $3.5 million during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30; the unaudited $3.5 million figure was revealed in a look at September's financial statement. The board met at its Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
Danny Wharton is noticeably proud of the changes in KershawHealth's emergency department. Wharton, the healthcare organization's director of ancillary and emergency services, took several people on a tour of the renovated space that now accommodates the hospital's Express Care service.
The current focus on the death of a patient with Ebola in Dallas and the subsequent infection of two nurses at the same hospital, as well as the global nature of travel today, has led some to wonder how community hospitals might deal with possible Ebola patients.
One of two for-profit hospital companies may become KershawHealth's partner as the county's non-profit hospital seeks to offset current and future multi-million dollar losses.
Larry DiBiase celebrated the 25th anniversary of his State Farm Insurance agency by holding a fundraising cook-out, complete with radio broadcast, games and door prizes at the agency's revamped offices on West DeKalb Street. All proceeds from the event -- $600 -- went to the KershawHealth Foundation to benefit oncology services at KershawHealth.
Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting started off with a generous gift from its Hospital Auxiliary.
"I've got your sound bite and I've got your headline," KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom declared late in the board's meeting Monday night. "Two simple words: 'Zero Harm.'"
KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use most of its first meeting of September to continue a discussion of the healthcare system's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget on Monday at 6 p.m. The board will vote on the budget at its second meeting of the month on Sept. 22.
For the past two years, the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) has quietly worked to help women between the ages of 47 and 64 each become a "Wise Woman." That's the name of a special program -- actually an acronym that stands for "Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation of Women Across the Nation" (WISEWOMAN). It provides health screenings and lifestyle education for women to help reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke.
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.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on changes to its "financial assistance policy." If passed, the new policy would change exactly who is eligible for charity care at KershawHealth.
KershawHealth will change the way it offers emergency medical services (EMS) by the end of the month. Several EMS stations will move; others will expand. In addition, KershawHealth's ambulances will no longer answer calls for "non-emergent" patients, allowing that service to be picked up by the private sector.
When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMCOKC) recently received a $35,000 CVS Health Foundation grant, part of more than $195,000 CVS is giving to community health organizations in South Carolina this year. Those grants, in turn, are part of CVS' multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to healthcare in communities nationwide, according to a recent press release.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.
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