Three public bodies held a special called meeting Thursday night to receive an update from Capella Healthcare President and CEO Mike Wiechart (pronounced wee-kart) on the Franklin, Tenn., company's pending takeover of KershawHealth.
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.
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.
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.
When -- and all indications are it is a matter of when, not if -- Capella Healthcare completes its lease/purchase of KershawHealth, it will likely hire a position Kershaw County's hospital has not had before: Chief Quality Officer (CQO).
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will vote on a revised utilization management plan during its meeting tonight. Basically, such plans assist a hospital in using its resources effectively, based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements and other standards. Most of the revisions to KershawHealth's utilization management plan focus on the appropriate admission, treatment and discharge of a patient in relation to receiving appropriate reimbursements from Medicare.
Lorene Jeffcoat (right), of KershawHealth Hospice, recently received the hospital's second quarterly DAISY Award from Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier. The family of Inez Russell, an inpatient Hospice patient, nominated Jeffcoat saying. "We can't express in words the difference she made," Russell's daughter-in-law said. "My husband was having a really hard time with the situation and she was so good with him, it was like she was sent for just him. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through and she was a blessing with it all." Jeffcoat originally wanted to ...
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hold off on nominating members of what will become an advisory board to Capella Healthcare until after the Franklin, Tenn., company closes on its pending lease/purchase of the hospital. The board also voted unanimously to extend an offer to an undisclosed candidate to become executive director of the Kershaw County hospital district.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will look over March's financials during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden. KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch is scheduled to discuss March's finances, including the impact of a cost report settlements, disproportionate share reimbursements and a LiveWell grant had to March's bottom line.
When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.