As predicted at Monday's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, the healthcare system scored 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row in June. The measures, reported to The Joint Commission, are shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences and otherwise ensure excellent care for patients who go to KershawHealth for treatment of particular conditions or illnesses.
Orthopaedic surgeon T. Chris Tran, MD, has joined doctors Andrew Piasecki and James Nichols at Camden Bone & Joint. He will perform inpatient and outpatient surgeries at KershawHealth, and his practice will focus on general orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Tran is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.
More than three years ago, KershawHealth administrators started working on a plan to create a general surgery division within its healthcare system. In a press release issued Wednesday, KershawHealth administrators announced the completion of that effort, integrating the general surgical practices of doctors Paul Christenberry and Ed Gill. Gill previously practiced with Sentinel Health Partners, while Christenberry maintained a solo practice.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is once again meeting on a twice-a-month basis, with the first of its July meetings taking place today at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on "general" KershawHealth topics. Its second meeting of the month -- set for July 28 -- will focus on finances.
Kershaw County area residents who need joint replacement may soon be able to have their procedures done at KershawHealth under a plan its board of trustees is working toward.
Dr. Vincent Degenhart said "it was a shock" to receive both the S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) 2014 Physician of the Year Award and the Order of the Palmetto at the same time a month ago. Degenhart was recognized for his work combating childhood obesity. He formed and chairs the S.C. Childhood Obesity Task Force.
During a special invitation-only event Thursday afternoon and evening at the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School on Lakeshore Drive in Camden, KershawHealth launched a new "employee engagement" campaign. The campaign, called "You Are Vi+al" (the "+" -- actually an orange colored healthcare symbol -- represents the letter "t"), features six 2-1/2 to 3 minute videos celebrating employees who go "above and beyond" for KershawHealth's patients, visitors, fellow employees and others.
The KershawHealth Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved a more than $675,000 grant to KershawHealth at its May 20 meeting. The grant, along with $345,000 worth of cumulative gifts from the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) from the last four years, will help fund a new $1.02 million nurse call system.
KershawHealth hopes to at least mitigate a potential $32 million loss by 2018 through a strategic plan unanimously adopted by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday night. The plan focuses on strengthening existing healthcare services, adding new facilities adjacent to the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center and transforming Burndale Plaza.
In January, Dr. Cathy Moss, the first woman to graduate from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), retired from a 40-year career in dentistry. Approximately 30 of those years were spent in Camden at what is now known as Drs. Moss & Owens dental practice, the practice of Dr. Moss and her late husband, Dr. William L. Owen III.
KershawHealth's Healthcare Place at Bethune will remain open, according to Wayne Tidwell of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees who spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday afternoon. Tidwell appeared with interim KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn as part of a quarterly report to council.
By consensus, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recently approved a request from interim CEO Terry Gunn to become a client of his former consulting firm, Charter Resource Group (CRG) of Brentwood, Tenn. Gunn brought the request to the board during its March 24 meeting and had CRG founder Mark Arnold speak to trustees. Adams told the board he has mentored Gunn for most of his adult life.
Gina Allen, a registered nurse in KershawHealth's oncology department, has been named one of 100 nurses from across South Carolina to receive the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award. A coalition of nurses created the award in 2002 to showcase nursing's valuable contributions to patient care and to support scholarships for students enrolled in South Carolina registered nurse programs.
"I'm going to walk out of here on March 3rd."
Gloria Keeffe is stepping down from her position KershawHealth's chief nursing officer, a position she has held since 2005. Keeffe's last day with the healthcare organization will be March 28. She joined KershawHealth in 2004 as director of surgical services and promoted to vice president and chief nursing officer one year later.
KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.
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