Camden 10-year-old Amari Williams did something Nov. 16 he hadn't been able to do in four months: leave a Charleston hospital. Physicians discharged Amari that day after the Camden Elementary School student spent those four months in intensive care waiting for -- and getting -- a new heart.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell toured the hallways of KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Wing as part of his "Face of Aging" tour Tuesday. Since September, McConnell has traveled the state, visiting area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers in order to access services and gather suggestions from health care providers, caregivers, and community leaders.
Katherine Hurt Richardson, deputy director of the Camden Archives and Museum, will be the guest speaker at the fifth annual Baruch Society Members' Dinner, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. She is currently developing an exhibit chronicling KershawHealth's 100-year history. The exhibit will premiere when KershawHealth officially celebrates its centennial in April 2013. At the dinner, Richardson plans to focus on the hospital's early years and the critical role Bernard Baruch played in establishing and sustaining it.
Through the power of their words and votes, three of four newly appointed members to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and one returning member objected to the process by which trustees are assigned to board committees.
Dr. Steven Blair, professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina (USC), will be the featured speaker at the launch of LiveWell Kershaw, an ambitious plan to make Kershaw County the healthiest county in South Carolina. The event Oct. 17 will take place in the Camden High School auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m.
KershawHealth Foundation Executive Director Joseph Bruce has been elected to the board of the South Carolina Society for Hospital Fund Development, a division of the South Carolina Hospital Association. This group is dedicated to advancing and supporting the foundations and fund development offices of its member hospitals. The group coordinates educational programs designed to strengthen foundations and promote professional development. It also allows its members the opportunity to network and develop relationships as well as discuss current events and issues that fundraisers face.
At a time when healthcare is going through so many changes itself, KershawHealth's board of trustees is seeing a change as well. Sept. 24, the board celebrated the tenure of four outgoing members: Chairman Jody Brazell and trustees Dr. Marguerite Carlton, Carolyn Hampton and Earnest Witherspoon. Each completed their full six-year terms of, as KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks put it, "faithful and productive service."
A new study suggests that nearly two-thirds of South Carolina residents could be obese by 2030. The alarming figures are included in a report recently released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, non-profit organizations that work towards improving the nation's health. With such a troubling trajectory, several programs in Kershaw County are seeking to curb the trend.
Guy Kahler has joined KershawHealth Primary Care at Lugoff, 116 Standard Warehouse Road, where he will practice along with Alice Brooks. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon.
Lexington Medical Center (LMC) is making a small expansion into Kershaw County. Like KershawHealth here in Kershaw County, LMC is a public hospital, subject to the authority of Lexington County Council.
How much cash should KershawHealth have on hand in order to stay open if no revenue was coming in the door? Indeed, how much cash (and investments) KershawHealth does have on hand to cover those operating expenses was the question during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 27 meeting. Is it 140 days, as reported in the board's summary financial report for the month of July? Or is it 117 days, as of July 31, as reported on a financial "dashboard" report at the same meeting?
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.
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.
Maggie Davis was 12 years old when she began babysitting for the late Dr. David Joseph on Kennedy Drive. The Josephs had just moved to Camden from Georgetown in 1953. Eight years later, after graduating from high school in 1961, David Joseph, who died in 1992, hired Davis to work in his dental practice's lab.
KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner. While many of the hospital's nursing staff attended the celebration, KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier noted some irony in the joy.