Kershaw County residents may have noticed some new, bright blue and white KershawHealth EMS ambulances around the county recently. These modern-day emergency response vehicles are much more than simply a mode of transportation. They are, in fact, a highly technical extension of the hospital's emergency department.
Three KershawHealth employees will become certified application counselors, or CACs, and assist patients and others interested in learning more about the healthcare insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. During Monday's KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting, KershawHealth Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch said the healthcare organization is waiting for an email giving it the go-ahead to have the employees trained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.
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