Much has been written negatively regarding the upper management at KershawHealth. This does not reflect the wonderful job by staff here at our hospital. Here is my perspective on a first-hand basis.
Many of our classmates, family, friends and neighbors bear the daily burden of sickness and pain. Most do so with grace and inner strength without complaint. Some will continue to work at their vocation out of love and dedication. A few will bear their burden with a smile on their face, a sparkle in their eye and a determination to be a blessing to and for someone every day. Faye "Missy" Massebeau was one those folks. She bore that burden with her smile, sparkle and spirit of love every day.
In your opinion piece "Gun Rights" of 9-13-13, you correctly attribute the recall of two Colorado Democrat state senators to their "yes" votes on restrictive gun legislation. However, that is only the simple half of the story. Other news accounts fill in the rest of the blanks by pointing out that the recall was initiated primarily because the folks these two senators represented were not even permitted to speak during hearings held by the senators prior to the vote on the new, restrictive laws. Among those not allowed to speak was a large contingent of sheriffs from those districts. Now ...
In a previous letter, I recommended that the Board of Trustees consider partnering with a proven health care system to fix the problems at KershawHealth. What they have decided to do is to go through a time consuming process to sift out a new CEO from among a large number of candidates. Once chosen, that person would then have to take some time to select a team of administrative professionals to implement change. Then they would have to come up with a plan, which would then have to be discussed/debated with the Board of Trustees.
As the days, weeks and years go by, it seems as if the ways of the world and bloody actions of people get worse and worse. A lot of this comes from the laws of the land. If you only think and remember, the government banned prayer from functions, sports and schools; tied the hands of parents from disciplining their children; and places outrageous taxes and fines on everything.
Last week, I had surgery at KershawHealth. In light of the recent intense media reporting about problems at KershawHealth, I was anxious to see firsthand what impact it may have had on the day-to-day operation. Well, it was better than I expected … a lot better! From admission to discharge and each step in between, I was treated by a team of angels. They were respectful, motivated, professional, capable and caring. I could not have asked for better care. KershawHealth and my angels occupy a special place in my heart.
At last Friday Night's tilt between Camden and Cheraw, I read with interest the eloquent narrative about Zemp Stadium contained in the game program. Quoting from the narrative's first paragraph, it read: "Zemp Stadium has been host to 7 State Championship teams during its long and illustrious history."
Readers and Viewers Beware! Separating fact from fiction sometimes requires reading between the lines and being educated about what is not reported!!!
Recently, our KershawHealth CEO, Donnie J. Weeks, announced his retirement. The last couple of years have not been an easy time for the healthcare industry as a whole.
I would like to see the county look into the possibility of partnering with a proven healthcare system to administrate KershawHealth. This has been done successfully in many areas of the country. One that I am familiar with, having seen it develop when I was in diagnostic imaging sales, is Carolinas Health System (CHS), headquartered in Charlotte.
After putting up with the inconvenience of the paving of four and a half miles of S.C. 34 in Lugoff, I see they are done. What about the remaining five and a half miles of S.C. 34 extending to the Fairfield County line? It is like night and day crossing the county line into Fairfield County.
To say, "I am an American" makes us all equal as citizens no matter from what country our ancestors came -- whether Ireland or Germany or Russia or Africa or any other place. It is good to know our heritage and be blessed by it; but when we become citizens of the United States of America, we become Americans. It should stand first in our allegiance and first in our identification. How can we stand together if we place another country first in identifying who we are? To do this is to separate ourselves from other Americans. Something to think about.
To those kind folks in Camden who so generously paid tribute to "Jacky" James and for the generosity shown in giving generously toward a dog rescue in Chesapeake (City, Md., Paws for Life). I have been sent a photo of a lovely looking male dog which has been saved from death row and been adopted by some kind person.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all parties responsible for the placement of the Leaders Legacy bench in honor of my late father, Mr. James L. Anderson Sr. I was not able to be there due to an illness of long standing and an inability to travel. I have missed Camden and family members terribly and, again, state that I would have been with you as you honored my Dad.
The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict brought to mind two men: Pope Benedict XVI and Marcus Tullius Cicero (146-43 B.C.)
Most folks running for political office claim their previous political "experience" is just the thing that proves they deserve your vote this November. Sometimes that is absolutely true. Sometimes, however, as in the current city council race, that previous experience is the very thing that voters should remember as creating one of the most contentious, unpleasant four years in Camden's recent memory.
It was a delight to see the conceptual drawing for the refurbishment of Rhame Arena. What a classic design and what a great design for a "gateway to the city."
On Nov. 4th, we will fill two seats on Camden City Council. We have an outstanding candidate in Bob Williams. He is dedicated to helping Camden grow and move forward in a positive way. Bob was born and raised in Camden, and attended and graduated from our public schools. He owns and operates a local business and understands the needs of the small business and property owners. He would never exploit the office for personal gain.
The Kershaw County School Board response in Monday's Chronicle-Independent to Scott Jordan's statement on Zemp Stadium is nothing if not informative. If you haven't been paying attention, the school district has proposed a facilities referendum for the November election which would, among other things, abandon Zemp Stadium while spending millions of additional taxpayer dollars on a new stadium on Ehrenclou Drive.
The election for two new members of the Camden City Council is on the ballot for Nov. 4. Voters should be reminded to vote for two of the three candidates. Two of the three candidates will be elected. Candidates for the office include Bob Williams, life-long resident of Camden and owner of Bob Williams Auto Body Repair; Deborah Davis, manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store; and Jeffrey Graham of Graham Realty and former mayor. The new council members will replace Walter Long and Willard Polk who have provided excellent service to the citizens for many years.
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