Members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday night for Derial Ogburn and Wayne Tidwell to serve, respectively, as chairman and vice chairman as the board transitions to overseeing, primarily, the Karesh Long-Term Care Center.
For the second year in a row, KershawHealth earned two Zero Harm awards during the S.C. Hospital Association and S.C. Medical Association's joint Trustees, Administrators and Physicians (TAP) Conference. The awards recognize the achievement of not having any -- literally, zero -- surgical site infections during elective hip and knee surgeries during the last 30 consecutive months.
"Now, we truly are prepared to move forward together with Capella/MUSC," KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chair Karen Eckford declared Friday morning before formally signing documents which will make Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health the operators of KershawHealth for the foreseeable future.
Members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees will formally sign its finalized agreement with Capella Healthcare today at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Med II waiting area of the main hospital campus at Roberts and Haile streets in Camden.
Final details of the contract between the KershawHealth Board of Trustees; Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn.; and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina, are, apparently, still being worked out.
Although KershawHealth's sale to Capella Healthcare and takeover by the Franklin, Tenn., company in conjunction with MUSC Health is a done deal, the hospital's board of trustees will still receive and update and legal advice on the transaction during its meeting tonight.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is calling a special meeting for 6 p.m. today at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. The special meeting could signal a finalization of an agreement with Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- to take over KershawHealth's operations. The move would convert KershawHealth from a public hospital overseen by the board, which is appointed by Kershaw County Council, to a for-profit enterprise.
Monday is deadline day for KershawHealth, Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina. Monday marks the latest expiration date for a letter of agreement for Capella and MUSC Health to take over operations of the county's public hospital, converting it to a for-profit business.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees, which normally meets tonight for its second meeting of the month, is postponing the meeting to Wednesday. The meeting will still be held at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden and will still begin at 6 p.m.
In September 2014, KershawHealth earned two "Zero Harm" awards from the S.C. Hospital Association and S.C. Medical Association during the two organizations' Trustees, Administrators and Physicians Conference. The awards were for having zero infections during hip and knee surgeries for 18 months. It appears, according to KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, the hospital is poised to receive those awards again. Holmstrom made her report during the board's Aug. 10 meeting.
In what may be a sign the pending lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., is about to be finalized, the hospital's board of trustees voted unanimously Monday on a measure which would make members of KershawHealth's executive team Capella employees.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use part of an executive session at the end of its meeting tonight to receive another update and more legal advice regarding the pending lease/purchase of the hospital by Capella Healthcare. Trustees will also discuss a possible property transaction with the city of Bethune.
As the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday to extend its letter of intent with Capella Healthcare to Aug. 31, Capella made an announcement of its own. The private, for-profit healthcare and hospital company is being acquired by Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPT) for $900 million. In a press release, Capella and MPT said they expect the transaction to be finalized during the second half of 2015. Capella, based in Franklin, Tenn., is currently owned by funds affiliated with GTCR, a leading private equity firm headquartered in Chicago. MPT is based in Birmingham, Ala.