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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Anthony Keck will be the guest speaker for the seventh annual Baruch Society Members' Dinner on Thursday at Camden's National Steeplechase Museum. The KershawHealth Foundation established the Baruch Society in 2008 to recognize and thank supporters. Those making annual contributions of $1,000 or more receive an invitation to attend the Members' Dinner.
About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
During the open portion of an Oct. 27 meeting which included an executive session presentation from a possible strategic partner, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees learned it lost approximately $3.5 million during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30; the unaudited $3.5 million figure was revealed in a look at September's financial statement. The board met at its Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
Danny Wharton is noticeably proud of the changes in KershawHealth's emergency department. Wharton, the healthcare organization's director of ancillary and emergency services, took several people on a tour of the renovated space that now accommodates the hospital's Express Care service.
The current focus on the death of a patient with Ebola in Dallas and the subsequent infection of two nurses at the same hospital, as well as the global nature of travel today, has led some to wonder how community hospitals might deal with possible Ebola patients.
KershawHealth, Kershaw County, Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health are extending a letter of intent (LOI) agreeing to a pending $36 million purchase of the county's local healthcare system by one month from Sunday to June 30. That date will, according to a motion made Tuesday night by KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, coincide with the projected closing date of the Capella/MUSC Health deal. MUSC Health is the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
The city of Camden recently proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of the month, mental health organizations in Kershaw County hosted events to educate the community about mental health and wellness.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.