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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


Survey: county needs help getting healthy

The results of a recent community health needs assessment conducted by LiveWell Kershaw shows Kershaw County has a way to go of reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest county in the state. LiveWell Kershaw consists of a partnership between the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and various Kershaw County organizations, including KershawHealth. Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's office of public health, presented the results during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' July 22 meeting.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Bat with rabies found in Bethune home

A bat found in a home in the Bethune area has tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday.

July 24, 2013 | | Healthcare


KershawHealth could lose $32 million by 2018

$31,892,936.

July 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Physician recruitment to become vital as shortage looms

With a looming physician shortage -- possibly by as much as more than 130,000 nationally by 2025 -- KershawHealth is looking to shore up its physician recruitment and retention programs. Those efforts were the focus of a presentation by KershawHealth Director of Physician Staffing and Development Cameron Mosier at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' June 24 meeting. Mosier's presentation included some warnings to the board, including the effects of healthcare reform and major physician shortages.

July 01, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KershawHealth to conduct employee morale survey

For the first time in five years, KershawHealth will conduct an employee morale survey, thanks to a unanimous vote to do so by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The board voted to do so during its general meeting Monday evening following a motion by Trustee Derial Ogburn.

June 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH board votes not to form surgical practice

KershawHealth will not form a surgical practice with general surgeons Edward A. Gill and Paul Christenberry.

May 31, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Camden doctor sheds light on stuttering

The handsome young contestant strides onto the "American Idol" stage. The music swells, and Lazaro Arbos sings -- fluently, confidently. Thunderous applause and cheers follow. Then a judge on the popular TV show asks him a question. Lazaro opens his mouth emitting halting, repetitive sounds at first. In a few seconds, the spoken words come, but it's a struggle.

May 17, 2013 | Sheila McKinney | Healthcare


FRC, CFUMC team up in fight against teen pregnancy

Kershaw County's Family Resource Center (FRC) has teamed up with Camden First United Methodist Church to raise awareness and money for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month.

May 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Healthcare


From soldier to physician

Birthdays are often a reason for celebration. Dr. Francis McCorkle's April birthday is a yearly moment of celebration, reflection and gratitude. A caring man the community has known as "Dr. Mac" for 57 years, the solo practitioner wasn't always a physician; he was also a soldier.

May 06, 2013 | Tray Dunaway | Healthcare


Ziemke steps back from KH board chairmanship

Saying he no longer wanted to be "a distraction," Scott Ziemke announced at the beginning of Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting that he was stepping back from his role as the board's chairman. He nominated Trustee Paul Napper, executive director of The ALPHA Center, to be his replacement. Trustees voted unanimously to elect Napper their chairman, with two abstentions: Napper as the nominee; and Trustee Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, who objected not to Napper, but to the process. Kershaw County Council appointed Napper in 2012; he began serving in October.

April 24, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Centennial service

KershawHealth kicked off its Centennial Celebration Sunday at Temple Beth El. The Service of Thanksgiving included a tribute to Bernard Mannes Baruch and was meant as a way to "give thanks for a mission of caring that has remained steadfast for a century." Marlene Mischner welcomed the crowd and Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia gave tribute to Baruch. The Rev. Philip Blankenship of Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin, Rev. Ellis White of Camden First United Methodist Church and Rev. Barbara Segars of Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethune spoke during the service. Closing remarks were made ...

April 24, 2013 | | Healthcare


Rabies vaccination clinic set for Saturday

A rabies clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salt Pond Farm & Garden, 2487 Springvale Road, in Kershaw County. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is partnering with participating veterinarians across the state to help residents protect their pets and themselves against rabies, the agency announced today. Local veterinarian Hamilton Tetterton will offer Saturday's clinic.

April 12, 2013 | | Healthcare


Karesh Wing more than just long-term care

Jeanne Hanley, administrator of KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Center, says it has been an interesting, but challenging transition from being just a long-term care facility into one that also offers short-term rehabilitation services.

April 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


KH trustees split on Medicaid expansion

Most members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday to pass a resolution to support expanding Medicaid in South Carolina. It was not a unanimous vote, however, as seven trustees voted in favor of the resolution, one voted against and one abstained.

March 29, 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


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