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.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMCOKC) recently received a $35,000 CVS Health Foundation grant, part of more than $195,000 CVS is giving to community health organizations in South Carolina this year. Those grants, in turn, are part of CVS' multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to healthcare in communities nationwide, according to a recent press release.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
Former KershawHealth Board of Trustees member Paul Napper (center) shows off a gavel and plaque presented to him during Monday night's board meeting. Napper recently resigned from the board in order to join the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Commission. Napper joined the board in October 2012 and served as its chair for a time. Current Chair Karen Eckford said Napper "has always dedicated himself to the people of Kershaw County, and especially to the employees of Kershaw Health." She said KershawHealth's loss is CCTC's gain. During his tenure, Napper helped navigate the retirement of former CEO ...
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee is now officially involved in the day-to-day decisions being made in negotiating the hospital's lease/sale to Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Abby Palmer, KershawHealth's director of safety and emergency preparedness, will make her annual safety report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees tonight. The board will meet at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road beginning at 6 p.m.; the meeting is open to the public.
KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.
Joseph Bruce, executive director of the KershawHealth Foundation and KershawHealth's vice president of marketing and community development, will retire from both positions March 13. Bruce, a South Carolina native, returned to his home state in 2007 to join KershawHealth and the foundation after a career with major New York City and Washington, D.C., advertising and public relations agencies.