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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In response to a significant downturn in outpatient surgery volumes, KershawHealth announced Tuesday that it will close one active operating room. The move will eliminate one management position and five clinical and surgical positions. Two current vacancies in the surgical department will also not be filled. KershawHealth officials said in a press release that it expects to save approximately $600,000 each year with the operating room closure.
Nearly two years before the establishment of what is now KershawHealth in Camden, a group of women gathered to raise funds for the building of what was then referred to as the Burdell Hospital.
As with any other business in recent years -- profit or not -- KershawHealth has continued to look at its finances and respond to challenges. Once again, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees reviewed its financial challenges during its most recent meeting, April 29.
The ALPHA Center in Camden is sending out a warning to parents about two new trends it is seeing among county youth: smoking Smarties and something called the "Cinnamon Challenge."
KershawHealth offered free sports physicals to Kershaw County School District students May 9 at KershawHealth Primary Care at Elgin.
Another symptom of the economy, hospitals across the country are experiencing a higher number of drug shortages on a more frequent basis. KershawHealth can experience those shortages, too, but has processes in place that, in effect, keep patients from really even noticing.
The 22nd annual KershawHealth Foundation Vern Kechem Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Camden Country Club.
By summer, Palmetto Health will be handling all laboratory services for KershawHealth. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to enter into a five-year agreement with Palmetto Health to provide day-to-day management of KershawHealth's primary laboratory on its main campus and its lab at KershawHealth's Outpatient and Urgent Care Center in Elgin. KershawHealth will continue to manage its lab at the West Wateree Medical Complex.
As KershawHealth moves through its 99th year of service, its chief executive officer continues to look at the challenges the health care system must still face in the years to come.
KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.