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.
The economy continues to be a challenge for many, and KershawHealth is no exception. Although January was a better month for the health care system -- compared to both its budget and to financial reports of the previous three months -- "year to date, we are still extremely challenged," KershawHealth Board of Trustee Vice Chair Scott Ziemke told his fellow trustees during the board's Feb. 28 meeting.
Michael Nienhuis and Vanessa Wideman came to medicine from two very different directions. Yet, the two KershawHealth Primary Care at Elgin physicians got into medicine for the same reason: to help people.
Kershaw County women are invited to a night on the town for the second annual Downtown Divas Go Red for Women's Heart Health Month, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
At Monday's meeting of the KershawHealth of Board Trustees, members and hospital administrators said good-bye and expressed thanks to Don Trippell. Trippell served as KershawHealth's vice president and chief financial officer for approximately one year. He is returning to his former position as chief financial officer for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, N.C.
KershawHealth trustees unanimously approved a $126,000 project to convert one of the older operating rooms into a lithotripsy center. Lithotripsy uses non-invasive shock waves to crush kidney stones. The vote came during a KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening.
An 11-year-old boy who along with a group of deer hunters was exposed to an agricultural pesticide in Lee County was released Friday morning after an overnight stay at KershawHealth.
PaulaGuild, MN, RN, CIC, has been awarded the Infection Preventionist of the Year award by the Palmetto Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC). She serves as the infection prevention and control director for KershawHealth.
KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.
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