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New management selected for Karesh Wing

Posted: October 9, 2017 5:05 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Karesh Long Term Care (LTC) Center a/k/a The Karesh Wing has signed a new management agreement with White Oak Management Inc. 

According to a press release, the Health District signed a Management Services Agreement on Sept. 28 with White Oak. White Oak’s experience in operating senior care facilities dates back more than 50 years to 1964 when the Cecil family built their first nursing home in Spartanburg. Since then, this family owned business has grown to 16 locations in North and South Carolina offering long term care, transitional rehabilitative care, assisted living and independent senior housing. White Oak is scheduled to begin management of Karesh LTC on Feb. 1, 2018. 

Since the operations of KershawHealth were sold to Capella Healthcare in 2015, it has always been the Health District’s plan to select a new management company for the Karesh Wing. Capella soon merged with Regional Care Hospital Partners Inc. to form RegionalCare Capella Healthcare (RCCH).

“While we are grateful to have had RCCH to manage the Karesh Facility, we now look forward to turning over the management to White Oak. We will continue to consider RCCH/KershawHealth a partner in providing the best health care for our county and pursuing mutually beneficial projects,” Health Services District Board Chairman Derial Ogburn said.

District Trustee Karen Eckford agreed.

“I am thrilled that we have successfully found a wonderful partner to manage Karesh LTC,” Eckford said.  “White Oak possesses the same core values which ensures continued service provided at the same level of care our residents/patients expect and deserve. We appreciate the efforts of RCCH over the past several months as they managed while we sought our long-term partner. The future of Karesh LTC continues to be bright.”

KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn said the administration is pleased with the district’s decision.

“We have been impressed with our early interactions with White Oak and look forward to helping orchestrate an orderly and successful transition,” Gunn said. “We are confident our Karesh LTC residents and families will appreciate the depth of experience White Oak will bring.”

White Oak Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Barber said the company is “fortunate and honored” to be selected.

“A. Sam Karesh (is) a prominent and highly regarded long term care facility with a history of excellent patient care and a caring staff,” Barber said. “As manager of Karesh LTC, our primary goal is to provide patient centered, quality care that is expected by the seniors of Kershaw and surrounding counties.” 

In Nov. 2015, Kershaw County sold the operations of KershawHealth to Capella Healthcare, which merged with Regional Care in May 2016. The Health Services District of Kershaw County owns the A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care Facility and RCCH/KershawHealth will continue to manage the facility until White Oak takes over in February.

The Karesh LTC is a 96-bed long term care facility located on the main campus of KershawHealth. It is licensed by the state of South Carolina for skilled and intermediate care and for Medicare and Medicaid recipients. 

The Health Services District of Kershaw County will continue to act as a provider and facilitator of healthcare access and services in Kershaw County.

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