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Eckford, Holmstrom are new KH board chair, vice chair

Karen Eckford and Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. Eckford, a vice president of NBSC in Camden, recently completed her first year as a KershawHealth trustee. Holmstrom is an internal medicine physician with Sentinel Health Partners and has served on the board for four years of a six-year term.

October 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Not tragedy, but triumph

Margie Jackson celebrated her 75th birthday Wednesday. She's also celebrating being a resident at KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Center, or Karesh Wing, for 40 years.

October 14, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


KershawHealth board votes for employee pay increase

On a night when the KershawHealth Board of Trustees was saying good-bye to three of its own and welcoming their replacements, trustees voted unanimously Monday to give a 2.25 percent across-the-board salary increase to employees beginning Oct. 1.

September 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth loses $1.2 million in July

KershawHealth suffered an operating loss of $1.2 million and a $1.25 million decrease in net assets in July. KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch reported the losses during a finance-focus meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees Tuesday evening.

September 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


KCC interviews hospital board applicants

Of the original 20 applicants for three slots on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, 13 remain. Twelve of the applicants met with Kershaw County Council during a work session Tuesday. One, Roy Fakoury of DeKalb Township, did not appear but submitted a written application and responses to council's questions.

September 06, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


Bunch withdraws from KH CEO consideration

KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch will not be the next CEO of the healthcare organization. In a letter dated Monday to KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Napper, Bunch withdrew himself from consideration for the top administrator's position. He made a point of notifying Napper that he was not resigning from KershawHealth.

August 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board chooses Bunch for CEO

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees already knows who it wants to be the healthcare organization's chief executive officer (CEO): Mike Bunch, currently KershawHealth's executive vice president, chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO).

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Fox exposes county woman to rabies

A Kershaw County woman exposed to rabies in the Camden area is undergoing post-exposure treatments after being bitten by a fox that tested positive for the disease, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today Thursday.

August 16, 2013 | | Healthcare


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


Joseph, Piasecki elected SCOA president, secretary/treasurer

For the first time, a local orthopaedic surgeon is president of the S.C. Orthopaedic Association (SCOA). On top of that, one of his partners is also SCOA's new secretary/treasurer.

August 14, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | 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


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KershawHealth implements Ebola preparedness plan

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.

October 22, 2014 | | Healthcare


Who will own KershawHealth?

One of two for-profit hospital companies may become KershawHealth's partner as the county's non-profit hospital seeks to offset current and future multi-million dollar losses.

October 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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