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KH board to receive annual safety report tonight

Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.

March 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH finances rebound, but still suffering losses

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.

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Bruce retiring as KHF executive director, hospital marketing VP

Joseph Bruce, executive director of the KershawHealth Foundation and KershawHealth's vice president of marketing and community development, will retire from both positions March 13. Bruce, a South Carolina native, returned to his home state in 2007 to join KershawHealth and the foundation after a career with major New York City and Washington, D.C., advertising and public relations agencies.

February 23, 2015 | | Healthcare


KershawHealth board meeting on tap for Bethune tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH offers county $2.6 million to take EMS

KershawHealth is offering to make a "one-time and final payment" of $2.636 million for Kershaw County to take over emergency medical services (EMS). The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted, 8-1, to make the offer following an executive session at the end of its meeting Monday night. Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom cast the lone "no" vote.

February 11, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth board to continue Capella, EMS discussions

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will continue discussing its pending lease/purchase deal with Capella Healthcare of Tennessee and the proposed transfer of emergency medical services (EMS) to Kershaw County. The board will receive legal advice on these issues in executive session near the end of its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.

February 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


ICU nurse honored with first DAISY Award

A 9-year-old boy got to hug and say good-bye to his grandfather at KershawHealth before he died, thanks to the compassion of a nurse presented with the hospital's first-ever DAISY Award on Friday afternoon.

January 28, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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


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A member of the family

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.

May 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth celebrates National Nurses Week

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.

May 18, 2015 | | Healthcare


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