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Lt. Gov. McConnell visits KershawHealth

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell toured the hallways of KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Wing as part of his "Face of Aging" tour Tuesday. Since September, McConnell has traveled the state, visiting area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers in order to access services and gather suggestions from health care providers, caregivers, and community leaders.

November 19, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Healthcare


Richardson to be guest speaker at Baruch dinner

Katherine Hurt Richardson, deputy director of the Camden Archives and Museum, will be the guest speaker at the fifth annual Baruch Society Members' Dinner, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. She is currently developing an exhibit chronicling KershawHealth's 100-year history. The exhibit will premiere when KershawHealth officially celebrates its centennial in April 2013. At the dinner, Richardson plans to focus on the hospital's early years and the critical role Bernard Baruch played in establishing and sustaining it.

November 09, 2012 | | Healthcare


Local effort aims to make Kershaw County healthiest in SC

A coalition of local leaders and representatives from the University of South Carolina (USC) have embarked on a mission to make Kershaw County the healthiest in the state.

October 26, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Healthcare


New KH trustees object to committee process

Through the power of their words and votes, three of four newly appointed members to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and one returning member objected to the process by which trustees are assigned to board committees.

October 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


LiveWell Kershaw to kick off with Olympic torch

Dr. Steven Blair, professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina (USC), will be the featured speaker at the launch of LiveWell Kershaw, an ambitious plan to make Kershaw County the healthiest county in South Carolina. The event Oct. 17 will take place in the Camden High School auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m.

October 12, 2012 | | Healthcare


Bruce elected to SCSHFD board

KershawHealth Foundation Executive Director Joseph Bruce has been elected to the board of the South Carolina Society for Hospital Fund Development, a division of the South Carolina Hospital Association. This group is dedicated to advancing and supporting the foundations and fund development offices of its member hospitals. The group coordinates educational programs designed to strengthen foundations and promote professional development. It also allows its members the opportunity to network and develop relationships as well as discuss current events and issues that fundraisers face.

October 08, 2012 | | Healthcare


Outgoing KH board members say ‘good-bye’ as they approve budget

At a time when healthcare is going through so many changes itself, KershawHealth's board of trustees is seeing a change as well. Sept. 24, the board celebrated the tenure of four outgoing members: Chairman Jody Brazell and trustees Dr. Marguerite Carlton, Carolyn Hampton and Earnest Witherspoon. Each completed their full six-year terms of, as KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks put it, "faithful and productive service."

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Local programs aim to combat obesity concerns

A new study suggests that nearly two-thirds of South Carolina residents could be obese by 2030. The alarming figures are included in a report recently released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, non-profit organizations that work towards improving the nation's health. With such a troubling trajectory, several programs in Kershaw County are seeking to curb the trend.

October 01, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Healthcare


KershawHealth announces centennial celebration plans

"For the benefit of suffering humanity by giving hospital treatment to those suffering from physical ailments or trouble which might be cured or alleviated."

September 26, 2012 | | Healthcare


Kahler joins KershawHealth Primary Care

Guy Kahler has joined KershawHealth Primary Care at Lugoff, 116 Standard Warehouse Road, where he will practice along with Alice Brooks. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

September 19, 2012 | | Healthcare


Lexington Medical Center expanding into Kershaw County

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) is making a small expansion into Kershaw County. Like KershawHealth here in Kershaw County, LMC is a public hospital, subject to the authority of Lexington County Council.

September 17, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH finance discussion focuses on cash on hand

How much cash should KershawHealth have on hand in order to stay open if no revenue was coming in the door? Indeed, how much cash (and investments) KershawHealth does have on hand to cover those operating expenses was the question during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 27 meeting. Is it 140 days, as reported in the board's summary financial report for the month of July? Or is it 117 days, as of July 31, as reported on a financial "dashboard" report at the same meeting?

September 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth Joint Commission survey results ‘excellent’

KershawHealth completed its most recent survey by The Joint Commission Aug. 7-10, and the initial results were excellent. During their final briefing, surveyors noted that KershawHealth is performing well throughout the system and providing excellent care for its patients. The commission complimented staff members on their professionalism and care, and noted as well the positive engagement of physicians and board members.

August 27, 2012 | | Healthcare


KH may use tech to track hand washing

Washing your hands. It sounds simple, almost trivial to talk about. However, ever since Joseph Lister -- working off the theories of Ignaz Semmelweis and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. -- pioneered antiseptic surgery, it's been an important component to keeping patients healthy and alive in hospitals around the world. So important that the very act of hand washing has become something to be tracked at KershawHealth.

August 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fitch affirms KershawHealth’s BBB+ rating

Fitch Ratings, the international credit rating agency has affirmed its BBB+ rating for KershawHealth and deemed the healthcare system's rating outlook as "stable." George Corbin, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and chair of the board's finance committee, gave his fellow trustees the good news at its July 23 meeting.

July 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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