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County asks KershawHealth for $3 million to continue EMS

Kershaw County is asking KershawHealth for $3 million to assume operating emergency medical services (EMS) for the first 21 months following the anticipated March 31 takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. The county is asking KershawHealth to make the payment out of the money Capella will pay to lease KershawHealth's real estate and purchase its furniture, fixtures and equipment.

January 28, 2015 | By Martin L. Cahn and Gary Phillips C-I editors | Healthcare


KH board to focus on finances, Capella deal tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will focus on finances in several ways during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center in Camden.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH starts to feel pinch from ACA focus on quality

KershawHealth will lose money in 2015 for a very specific reason: new quality performance standards which became law Jan. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

January 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. The relatively light agenda includes a quality committee report from Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom which will touch on a "pay for performance" update.

January 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth sees 215 flu cases in one week

In one recent week, KershawHealth recorded 215 positive rapid flu tests. According to Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection control and prevention, those 215 positive tests came back during the week ending Dec. 27. Guild said that is the highest number of positive flu tests this season.

January 07, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


DHEC reports rabies cases near Kershaw County

Two people have been referred to a health care provider for consultation after being exposed to rabies in the Kershaw area of Lancaster County by a cat that tested positive for the disease, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported last week.

January 05, 2015 | | Healthcare


Gunn no longer 'interim' KershawHealth CEO; gets raise with amended contract

Terry Gunn is no longer the "interim" chief executive officer (CEO) for KershawHealth. With a moderate raise and a substantial retention bonus attached, Gunn is now the permanent CEO of the county's public healthcare system.

December 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Details of Capella/MUSC deal for KershawHealth revealed

$45 million is the price for a collaboration of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) patient care arm, known as MUSC Health, to take over KershawHealth.

December 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board to discuss finances tonight

Finances will be the focus of tonight's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.

December 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Capella/MUSC to take over KershawHealth

The question of who will "own" KershawHealth has been answered.

December 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center.

December 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Wait times decreasing in KershawHealth ED

The time it takes to get treated in KershawHealth's emergency department is going down, according to statistics provided at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Nov. 24 meeting.

December 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


MUSC part of Capella proposal for KershawHealth

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is part of Capella Healthcare's recently proposed strategic partnership with KershawHealth. Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, is one of two for-profit healthcare companies which recently presented strategic partnership proposals to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees in separate executive sessions.

November 26, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.

November 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth core measures hit 100 percent again

In July, KershawHealth reported scoring 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row. Monday, KershawHealth Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom reported four of those core measures struck the 100 percent again for at least six months, ending in September. Holmstrom, chair of the board's quality committee, reported one core measure hit 100 percent for the ninth straight month.

November 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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Capella letter of intent extended again

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee voted unanimously Thursday night to extend a letter of intent (LOI) concerning the pending takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare, of Franklin, Tenn., to July 31.

June 29, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth market share appears healthy

KershawHealth appears to be firmly established as the hospital of choice for most Kershaw County residents, although there is still room for improvement, according to CEO Terry Gunn.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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