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.
The 22nd annual KershawHealth Foundation Vern Kechem Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Camden Country Club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.)
Dr. Martha S. Tingen, a graduate of Joseph Kershaw Academy and the daughter of Bruce and Mildred Smith of Evans, Ga., and formerly of Camden, has been named the inaugural Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) in Augusta, Ga.
"We had a little angel on earth for 17 years," Brenda Peters said about her grandson, Hunter Hornsby.
There's a good chance a majority of at least two, if not three, generations of Kershaw County residents have passed through Dr. Tommy Joseph's office doors during the past 35-plus years.
Mary Clark, Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County Board chair, began her telephone call with Joseph Bruce, KershawHealth Foundation executive director, by saying, "Well, your campaign is over." She was referring to the foundation's campaign to fund a new fetal monitoring system for the KershawHealth Women's Center. Earlier in the day, Bruce had made a presentation to the auxiliary board about the project, noting that the foundation was within $25,000 of reaching its $190,000 goal. Clark's telephone call was to let the foundation know the auxiliary would be making a $25,000 contribution.
The chance of someone getting the wrong medication while being treated at KershawHealth could be greatly reduced in the next three years thanks to new technology the health care system is purchasing.
KershawHealth hopes to earn more than $2.88 million in net income during its 2012 fiscal year which began Oct. 1. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees approved the budget more than a week after the fiscal year began during an Oct. 10 meeting at the healthcare system's Health Resource Center. The board also approved a capital budget -- used for construction, renovations and equipment purchases -- of $8.07 million.
The day before gynecologist John Moore saw his last two patients, he heard a patient who had just checked out screaming in the lobby.
While the United States' bond rating has been lowered and the outlook for the non-profit health care segment is bleak, KershawHealth has maintained its investment-grade bond rating. Standard and Poor's has reaffirmed the health care system's "BBB" rating, and Fitch has reaffirmed its "BBB+" rating. Both ratings indicated the outlook for KershawHealth is stable.