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.
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.
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.
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."
KershawHealth offered free sports physicals to Kershaw County School District students May 9 at KershawHealth Primary Care at Elgin.
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.
Finances will be the focus of tonight's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.
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