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Sandhills is county’s first NCQA accredited facility

Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. is the first healthcare organization of its kind in Kershaw County to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation. The accreditation is for its Lugoff office in Kershaw County and another office in the town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County.

August 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth releases CEO exit package

Donnie Weeks will officially retire as president and CEO of KershawHealth on Jan. 3, 2014, according to documents obtained Friday by the Chronicle-Independent through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. On that date, Weeks will receive a lump sum payment of $524,000, "which is intended to be the rough, approximate equivalent of the value of one year's cumulative compensation and benefits," according to a transition agreement and release obtained as part of the FOIA request.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Lt. Gov. speaks to Rotary about meeting seniors’ needs

A retired nurse lives alone with her 17-year-old cat. The car in her yard has sat for 11 years and the wheels are rotting off. She presents herself well, like she was formerly very active in the community, though the "veil of aging" shows. She says she's hoping for Thanksgiving guests, but you can tell no one had been there and that no one would be coming, except for a volunteer from her local Council on Aging.

August 05, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


Patient increase can’t stave off KH losses

Despite an increase not only in surgical cases but inpatient admissions, KershawHealth still suffered an $830,000 loss and $1.2 million decrease in net assets during the month of June. The news came during Thursday's finance-focus meeting that saw the Kershaw County Board of Trustees vote to authorize its chairman to sign documents relating to President and CEO Donnie Weeks' pending retirement.

August 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Weeks retiring as KershawHealth CEO

The question of who is in control of KershawHealth -- at least from an administrative standpoint -- will change sometime in the near future as Donnie Weeks announces his retirement as president and CEO of the healthcare organization.

August 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Who owns KershawHealth?

In early April, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said he would "much rather look at other agencies than close down the hospital." Wise made the comment during a presentation by KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks with Mike Bunch, the healthcare organization's vice president and COO/CFO. That presentation ended with Weeks and Bunch asking the county to take over deficit funding of its emergency management services (EMS) program.

July 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Survey: county needs help getting healthy

The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Bat with rabies found in Bethune home

A bat found in a home in the Bethune area has tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday.

July 24, 2013 | | Healthcare


KershawHealth could lose $32 million by 2018

$31,892,936.

July 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Physician recruitment to become vital as shortage looms

With a looming physician shortage -- possibly by as much as more than 130,000 nationally by 2025 -- KershawHealth is looking to shore up its physician recruitment and retention programs. Those efforts were the focus of a presentation by KershawHealth Director of Physician Staffing and Development Cameron Mosier at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' June 24 meeting. Mosier's presentation included some warnings to the board, including the effects of healthcare reform and major physician shortages.

July 01, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth to conduct employee morale survey

For the first time in five years, KershawHealth will conduct an employee morale survey, thanks to a unanimous vote to do so by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The board voted to do so during its general meeting Monday evening following a motion by Trustee Derial Ogburn.

June 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board votes not to form surgical practice

KershawHealth will not form a surgical practice with general surgeons Edward A. Gill and Paul Christenberry.

May 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden doctor sheds light on stuttering

The handsome young contestant strides onto the "American Idol" stage. The music swells, and Lazaro Arbos sings -- fluently, confidently. Thunderous applause and cheers follow. Then a judge on the popular TV show asks him a question. Lazaro opens his mouth emitting halting, repetitive sounds at first. In a few seconds, the spoken words come, but it's a struggle.

May 17, 2013 | Sheila McKinney | Healthcare


FRC, CFUMC team up in fight against teen pregnancy

Kershaw County's Family Resource Center (FRC) has teamed up with Camden First United Methodist Church to raise awareness and money for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month.

May 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


From soldier to physician

Birthdays are often a reason for celebration. Dr. Francis McCorkle's April birthday is a yearly moment of celebration, reflection and gratitude. A caring man the community has known as "Dr. Mac" for 57 years, the solo practitioner wasn't always a physician; he was also a soldier.

May 06, 2013 | Tray Dunaway | Healthcare


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KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board to vote on ‘financial assistance policy’ tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on changes to its "financial assistance policy." If passed, the new policy would change exactly who is eligible for charity care at KershawHealth.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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