Standard & Poor's (S&P) recently adjusted its outlook on KershawHealth's finances from "stable" to "negative" while still affirming its long-held "BBB" investment-grade rating. KershawHealth Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch announced the downgrade during a meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustee's finance committee Thursday.
Representatives from LiveWell Kershaw, an initiative to make Kershaw County the healthiest in the state, wrapped up the last of six public meetings Dec. 6 in an effort to receive feedback from the community.
Although the United States government is named on and may benefit from a pending federal whistleblower case filed against a Kershaw County-based ear, nose and throat practice, it is not directly involved in the case. Also, the defendants in that case are not facing any criminal charges.
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.