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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Reflecting back on the KershawHealth Foundation's decision to undertake a fundraising campaign to mark the hospital's 100th year, Mary Ellen Green, chair of the board of directors, noted that "The Centennial Fund has been created to support critical advancements in future years as KershawHealth continues its commitment to being the best community healthcare system in South Carolina. Our goal is ambitious because the need is critical." The goal is to build a fund of $4 million, with $2.5 million presently in the fund and $1.5 million yet to be raised to reach the goal.
The 2012-13 flu season has already become the worst of the last seven years, according to KershawHealth Infection and Prevention Control Director Paula Guild. The good news could be, however, that the number of flu cases peaked earlier in the season.