The city of Camden recently proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of the month, mental health organizations in Kershaw County hosted events to educate the community about mental health and wellness.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.
Maggie Davis was 12 years old when she began babysitting for the late Dr. David Joseph on Kennedy Drive. The Josephs had just moved to Camden from Georgetown in 1953. Eight years later, after graduating from high school in 1961, David Joseph, who died in 1992, hired Davis to work in his dental practice's lab.
KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner. While many of the hospital's nursing staff attended the celebration, KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier noted some irony in the joy.
When -- and all indications are it is a matter of when, not if -- Capella Healthcare completes its lease/purchase of KershawHealth, it will likely hire a position Kershaw County's hospital has not had before: Chief Quality Officer (CQO).
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will vote on a revised utilization management plan during its meeting tonight. Basically, such plans assist a hospital in using its resources effectively, based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements and other standards. Most of the revisions to KershawHealth's utilization management plan focus on the appropriate admission, treatment and discharge of a patient in relation to receiving appropriate reimbursements from Medicare.
Lorene Jeffcoat (right), of KershawHealth Hospice, recently received the hospital's second quarterly DAISY Award from Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier. The family of Inez Russell, an inpatient Hospice patient, nominated Jeffcoat saying. "We can't express in words the difference she made," Russell's daughter-in-law said. "My husband was having a really hard time with the situation and she was so good with him, it was like she was sent for just him. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through and she was a blessing with it all." Jeffcoat originally wanted to ...
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hold off on nominating members of what will become an advisory board to Capella Healthcare until after the Franklin, Tenn., company closes on its pending lease/purchase of the hospital. The board also voted unanimously to extend an offer to an undisclosed candidate to become executive director of the Kershaw County hospital district.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will look over March's financials during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch is scheduled to discuss March's finances, including the impact of a cost report settlements, disproportionate share reimbursements and a LiveWell grant had to March's bottom line.
When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMCOKC) recently received a $35,000 CVS Health Foundation grant, part of more than $195,000 CVS is giving to community health organizations in South Carolina this year. Those grants, in turn, are part of CVS' multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to healthcare in communities nationwide, according to a recent press release.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
Former KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Paul Napper (center) shows off a gavel and plaque presented to him during Monday night's board meeting. Napper recently resigned from the board in order to join the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Commission. Napper joined the board in October 2012 and served as its chair for a time. Current Chair Karen Eckford said Napper "has always dedicated himself to the people of Kershaw County, and especially to the employees of Kershaw Health." She said KershawHealth's loss is CCTC's gain. During his tenure, Napper helped navigate the retirement of former CEO ...