Medicaid patients don't have to worry where their next ride will come from, thanks to a new deal worked out between the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA) and other RTAs.
Uninsured Kershaw County residents will be able to receive free medical, dental and eye care at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia on Friday and Saturday as part of SC Mission 2011.
To help elevate the quality of its reporting and even patient safety, KershawHealth received the go-ahead July 25 from its board of trustees to purchase nearly $500,000 of software. The unanimous vote allows hospital administrators to work with three vendors -- Midas, Medisolv and Iatrics -- to transition existing paper reporting to automated systems.
KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.
A Kershaw County mother and two of her children are under a physician's care after being exposed to a cat that tested positive for rabies.
Kershaw County residents are on the alert after a woman and two of her children were exposed to rabies by a kitten they found.
Last year the KershawHealth Foundation made a grant of $210,000 for the purchase of a lithotripter, which uses sound waves to break up kidney stones into tiny pieces that are easily passed. This grant, along with $90,000 from the Carolina Cup Racing Association, which annually provides funding to KershawHealth from the running of the Carolina and Colonial Cups, made the purchase possible.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees unanimously passed a motion last week authorizing the organization's CEO to enter into a non-exclusive letter of intent to explore collaboration opportunities with Palmetto Health in Columbia.
More than 24 people were laid off Tuesday from KershawHealth as part of a "financial improvement plan" to deal with an expected $2.246 million drop in revenue this year. The projected revenue loss represents the expected fallout from the state of South Carolina's decision to reduce Medicaid reimbursements by a total of 11 percent. A 3 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursements was announced April 1; another 8 percent reduction will go into effect July 1.
Hawthorne Pharmacy has launched a new drug take-back program to help patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and the environment.
$2,246,000. It's a big number. It reflects KershawHealth's estimated annualized loss of revenue from South Carolina should an 8 percent reduction in Medicaid reimbursements be approved by the state legislature.
After 20 years as a solo physician, Dr. Linda C McLeod, OB/GYN, is joining Sentinel Health Partners where she will partner with doctors Leland H. King and John L Moore. McLeod said she is making the move in response to the economy's effect on the health care industry.
The 21st annual KershawHealth Foundation Vern Ketchem Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Camden Country Club.
For the eighth time in 10 years, a KershawHealth nurse has been named a Palmetto Gold recipient by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF). The 2011 KershawHealth Palmetto Gold nurse is Mary Young, RN, surgical west nurse manager. The SCNF launched the awards in 2002.
While not disclosing any specifics, KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch says the public health care system's senior leadership team recognizes the financial challenges it is facing and is developing initiatives to deal with them.