My name is Deidra Nelson. I have been living in Camden for about a year now. I think it's a wonderful town. I was looking forward to the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival this past weekend; I even made arrangements to spend a night at a friend's house so that I could enjoy the festival.
I have read with interest and dismay both of the letters from Mr. Schaffer encouraging the takeover of KershawHealth by a Charlotte based company.
This is an issue I have been going to write about and, for me, it is long overdue.
I read (recently) where one of our South Carolina citizens won a whopping lottery of $399.4 million. I also saw that our state was getting $15 million and only $2 million was going for education -- what a small part of the jackpot is going to the education program it was suppose to benefit.
Recently, Miss South Carolina said at the Miss America contest, "I am from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile because that's how we roll."
I have had the opportunity to experience surgical procedures at two of our area's most prominent hospitals -- Providence and KershawHealth. My first surgery was at Providence, the hospital noted for performing surgical procedures, and my doctor was located in the city of Columbia. My experience at Providence was exceptionally good. The hospital was first class with excellent facilities, professional personnel and an attitude of the patient being the No. 1 priority. Everything went according to plan.
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 want to go on record by saying that I am opposed to the "firearms discharge" ordinance as it was originally introduced. However, I am in favor of one if it can be revised to better fit Kershaw County. I also want the public to know that I am pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). As sheriff, I have approved hundreds, if not thousands, of concealed weapons permit applications. I am also an avid hunter and gun owner.
My rehabilitation stay at the Karesh Wing was an amazingly good experience. I transferred from KershawHealth after surgery (broken femur) on June 8th, and I was released to return home on July 8th.
I would like to commend Dr. Bright Williamson, Dr. Edward Gill and their staffs as well as the staff at KershawHealth for the excellent care I received during my recent unexpected surgery.
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