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Health Foundation of Kershaw County hands out first grants

In late April, the Health Foundation of Kershaw County (HFKC) handed out its first five grants under its new program to award grants to 501(c)(3) corporations which demonstrate a positive impact on the overall health of Kershaw County residents. The foundation previously advanced healthcare quality through the funding of capital improvements projects at KershawHealth. The foundation changed its name -- and the way it met its mission -- after KershawHealth became part of Capella Healthcare in collaboration with MUSC Health.

May 24, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth celebrates National Nurses Week

In addition to recognizing Palmetto Gold award-winning nurse Julie Watson in absentia (see accompanying story), KershawHealth took time out May 11 to celebrate National Nurses Week by handing out its latest DAISY Award winners during a ceremony in the hospital's third floor Med 2 lobby.

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Watson is 2016 KH Palmetto Gold nurse

A month ago, S.C. Nurses Foundation Inc. and its all-volunteer steering committee chose KershawHealth's Judith A. Watson, BSN, RN, CGRN, as one of its 100 2016 Palmetto Gold nurses. This is the 15th year the Palmetto Gold Steering Committee has honored nurses like Watson -- nurses who "exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the nursing profession," according to a copy of the 2016 program.

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Capella merging with RegionalCare; will include KH

Capella Healthcare Inc., which took over KershawHealth as part of a lease/purchase agreement in late 2015, will merge with RegionalCare Hospital Partners Inc. during the second quarter of this year.

March 25, 2016 | | Healthcare


Camden native earns national Bostwick medical award

Dr. Jack Scheuer III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Scheuer Jr., of Camden, won the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons' national 2016 John Bostwick Award Competition in January during the 32nd annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium in January.

February 05, 2016 | | Healthcare


Holmstrom named CMO for Capella-MUSC Health Network hospitals

Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, who has maintained a long internal medicine practice in Kershaw County, once served as KershawHealth's chief of staff and served on the former KershawHealth Board of Trustees, is now the chief medical officer (CMO) for both KershawHealth and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. The two hospitals are part of the Capella-MUSC Health Network.

January 22, 2016 | | Healthcare


Twenty-six losing jobs at KershawHealth

Just two months after being taken over by Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health, KershawHealth announced Wednesday it has initiated a workforce reduction plan which includes the elimination of 26 positions, reducing its workforce by approximately 3 percent.

January 08, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Foundation announces name change

In a statement released today, The KershawHealth Foundation announced it is changing its name to the Health Foundation of Kershaw County. In the press release, foundation officials said the organization has historically operated as a non-profit organization engaged in the operation of advancing healthcare in Kershaw County through its funding of capital improvement projects and programs within KershawHealth.

December 29, 2015 | | Healthcare


KH suffered $894,000 loss as hospital transferred to Capella

According to a financial report presented to the Health Services District of Kershaw County Board of Trustees at its Nov. 30 meeting, KershawHealth suffered an $894,000 loss just as a majority of hospital operations were being transferred to Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.

December 08, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH earns ‘top performer’ nod from Joint Commission

KershawHealth recently announced in a press release it has been recognized as a 2015 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the country's leading accreditor of health care organizations. The program recognizes performance improvments on evidence-based interventions increasing the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

November 27, 2015 | | Healthcare


HSDKC board nets $2.3 million from Capella transaction

According to information provided to the Chronicle-Independent in response to a S.C. Freedom of Information Act request, the Health Services District of Kershaw County Board of Trustees netted approximately $2.3 million from the $35 million lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare.

November 24, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH Foundation deciding its future

One organization is still deciding its future in the wake of Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health's takeover of KershawHealth. The KershawHealth Foundation is trying to decide not only its future, but exactly how it will disburse approximately $2 million in donations it still holds.

November 06, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Capella/MUSC Health era begins at KH

The sign atop KershawHealth said it all: "In affiliation with MUSC Health."

November 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


‘Skeeters’ bugging you? Take some precautions

In the wake of recent flooding, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is urging residents to take steps to reduce breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

November 03, 2015 | | Healthcare


KH board lauds longest serving members as transition begins

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees congratulated three of their own Monday night as they met for the last time as the governing body of the county's public hospital. When members meet again Nov. 9, they will do so as trustees of the Health Services District of Kershaw County. They will do so not at the Health Resource Center where they did Monday night, but at the Karesh Long Term Care Center, the only aspect of healthcare delivery in the county the board will oversee.

October 30, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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