Of the original 20 applicants for three slots on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, 13 remain. Twelve of the applicants met with Kershaw County Council during a work session Tuesday. One, Roy Fakoury of DeKalb Township, did not appear but submitted a written application and responses to council's questions.
KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch will not be the next CEO of the healthcare organization. In a letter dated Monday to KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Napper, Bunch withdrew himself from consideration for the top administrator's position. He made a point of notifying Napper that he was not resigning from KershawHealth.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees already knows who it wants to be the healthcare organization's chief executive officer (CEO): Mike Bunch, currently KershawHealth's executive vice president, chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO).
A Kershaw County woman exposed to rabies in the Camden area is undergoing post-exposure treatments after being bitten by a fox that tested positive for the disease, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today Thursday.
Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. is the first healthcare organization of its kind in Kershaw County to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation. The accreditation is for its Lugoff office in Kershaw County and another office in the town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County.
Donnie Weeks will officially retire as president and CEO of KershawHealth on Jan. 3, 2014, according to documents obtained Friday by the Chronicle-Independent through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. On that date, Weeks will receive a lump sum payment of $524,000, "which is intended to be the rough, approximate equivalent of the value of one year's cumulative compensation and benefits," according to a transition agreement and release obtained as part of the FOIA request.
A retired nurse lives alone with her 17-year-old cat. The car in her yard has sat for 11 years and the wheels are rotting off. She presents herself well, like she was formerly very active in the community, though the "veil of aging" shows. She says she's hoping for Thanksgiving guests, but you can tell no one had been there and that no one would be coming, except for a volunteer from her local Council on Aging.
Despite an increase not only in surgical cases but inpatient admissions, KershawHealth still suffered an $830,000 loss and $1.2 million decrease in net assets during the month of June. The news came during Thursday's finance-focus meeting that saw the Kershaw County Board of Trustees vote to authorize its chairman to sign documents relating to President and CEO Donnie Weeks' pending retirement.
The question of who is in control of KershawHealth -- at least from an administrative standpoint -- will change sometime in the near future as Donnie Weeks announces his retirement as president and CEO of the healthcare organization.
In early April, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said he would "much rather look at other agencies than close down the hospital." Wise made the comment during a presentation by KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks with Mike Bunch, the healthcare organization's vice president and COO/CFO. That presentation ended with Weeks and Bunch asking the county to take over deficit funding of its emergency management services (EMS) program.
The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.
With a looming physician shortage -- possibly by as much as more than 130,000 nationally by 2025 -- KershawHealth is looking to shore up its physician recruitment and retention programs. Those efforts were the focus of a presentation by KershawHealth Director of Physician Staffing and Development Cameron Mosier at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' June 24 meeting. Mosier's presentation included some warnings to the board, including the effects of healthcare reform and major physician shortages.