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Recent News:

Home Care Services of KershawHealth was recently recognized by CMS with a Five Star Rating for Patient Satisfaction.

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KershawHealth Medical staff members make time for education with the interprofessional team that is provided by MUSC Health physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists to partner hospitals. Two hour seminars are presented on a quarterly basis to local physicians and ICU staff.

The objectives are to improve multidisciplinary team work in the critical care environment and provide tangible quality improvement initiatives applicable to the specific and unique needs of partner hospitals.

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KershawHealth's staff always puts their heart into healthcare...just like this past Friday as everyone joined together to show their support of heart disease awareness for women on National Wear Red Day!

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Kerry Thompkins, BSN, RN - DAISY Award Recipient

 

KershawHealth Recognized by MUSC Health for Exceptional Care of Stroke Patients

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has recognized KershawHealth Medical Center as a member of the 2016 Under 50 Minute tPA Club. This distinction honors the dedication and commitment of the hospital’s team (particularly in the Emergency Department) for the exceptional care of stroke patients. KershawHealth Medical Center is a Telestroke partner site with MUSC Health.

KershawHealth Hosts Blood Drive

Thursday, December 15, 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Medical 2 waiting area
Each donor will receive a meal ticket from the hospital cafeteria

Please visit www.redcrossblood.org
Enter sponsor code: Kershawhosp to schedule your appointment.

KershawHealth Cardiology Earns Vascular Testing Reaccreditation by IAC

KershawHealth has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the area(s) of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing Periperal Arterial Testing. This latest accreditation awarded to KershawHealth Cardiology demonstrates the facility's ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in vascular testing. 

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Leann Herderhurst and Morgan Fogner Featured on NurseTogether.com  

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Terry Gunn Named President of the South Carolina Market for RCCH HealthCare Partners

In his new role, Gunn will retain his position as CEO at KershawHealth in Camden in addition to overseeing market responsibility for Carolina Pines Medical Center in Hartsville.

Terry is a healthcare executive with 28 years of experience leading complex and successful organizations. He joined Kershaw Health as CEO in December, 2013. Earlier in his career, Terry spent 15 years as a senior leader with HCA; most notably as President of HCA’s Carolina Market and CEO of Trident Healthcare System, both based in Charleston, SC. He also spent time leading hospitals in Augusta, GA, and in middle Tennessee. He began his career with the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis, Tennessee.

Terry earned his Master of Healthcare Administration from Washington University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Oklahoma. Terry is board-certified in healthcare management, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Terry and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 29 years and they have two sons. He has proudly served in leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America (he is an Eagle Scout), Chamber of Commerce, United Way, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society. His family is active in the Bethel Worship Center in Camden, SC.

 

KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Delivers Convocation Speech

Stacy Collier, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, recently graduated with her Doctorate in Nursing. In addition, she delivered the opening speech at convocation. Click here to watch. 
 

General Surgeon Amanda Garman, MD Joins KershawHealth Medical Staff

KershawHealth is pleased to announce the association of Amanda M. Garman, MD to its medical staff. Dr. Garman is associated with Dr. Edward A. Gill and Dr. David P. Christenberry of KershawHealth Surgical Associates, located at 1102 Roberts Street in Camden.

 

KershawHealth Partners with MUSC Health to Provide Most Advanced Intensive Care to Patients 24/7

KershawHealth today announced the successful implementation of the most advanced critical care telemedicine program available in hospital intensive care units.

 

Susan Burroughs, FACHE Named Chief Operating Officer at KershawHealth

Susan Burroughs, FACHE has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) at KershawHealth, according to Chief Executive Officer Terry Gunn, FACHE. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Burroughs will have operational oversight for much of the health system’s ancillary clinical services and support services.

 

Gunn: Building Our Future Together II

Every day, our physician and employee teams at KershawHealth work hard to care for our families, friends and neighbors with the right care to every patient, every time. This is a cornerstone of high-quality healthcare and essential to our success.

 

KershawHealth Earns "Top Performer" Recognition from The Joint Commission

KershawHealth has been recognized as a 2015 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

 

HSDKC Board Nets $2.3M from Capella Transaction

The Health Services District of Kershaw County Board of Trustees netted approximately $2.3 million from the $35 million lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare.

Gunn: Building Our Future Together

KershawHealth was envisioned and built by local philanthropy. It has been sustained for more than a century by the commitment of a community dedicated to caring for its own. On Nov. 1, KershawHealth began building a new future together with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.

Archives Celebrating BOWANI Racing

ER nurse Bondy Long knows just a little bit about moving fast. In the mid-1960s, Bondy and his brothers Walter and Nicki, rose to the top of the NASCAR circuit. A new exhibit at the Camden Archives and Museum explores the role Long and his team played in the annals of stock car racing.

Capella/MUSC Health Era Begins at KershawHealth

As of Sunday, KershawHealth became part of a for-profit network jointly owned by MUSC Health, the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Capella Healthcare. Carolina Pines in Hartsville is also part of the network.

KershawHealth Transition Is Now Official

KershawHealth is now officially part of the Capella-MUSC Health Network and Capella Healthcare's family of hospitals. Hospital staff and community members celebrated the transition on Monday.

 

KH's Paula Guild Receives Palmetto APIC Horizon Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recognized Guild's commitment to improving the practice and management of infection prevention, control, and epidemiology. Guild is APIC Palmetto's outgoing president and was named its 2010 Infection Preventionist of the Year.

 

Ogburn, Tidwell to Lead KershawHealth Board

Members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday night for Derial Ogburn and Wayne Tidwell to serve, respectively, as chairman and vice chairman as the board transitions to overseeing, primarily, the Karesh Long-Term Care Center.

 

KershawHealth Earns Zero Harm Awards Again

For the second year in a row, KershawHealth earned two Zero Harm awards for having no surgical site infections during elective hip and knee surgeries. In addition, KershawHealth was one of only seven hospitals in the state to receive the 2015 Safe Surgery Hospital designation.

 

Signing Day for KershawHealth Board Chair

"Now we are truly prepared to move forward together with Capella/MUSC," KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chair Karen Eckford declared Friday morning before formally signing documents which will make Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health the operators of KershawHealth for the foreseeable future.

 

KershawHealth Signs Definitive Agreement with Capella-MUSC Health

Today, KershawHealth, MUSC Health, and Capella Healthcare announced the signing of a definitive agreement finalizing an affiliation among the three organizations. 

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Pictured at the signing are members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees (left to right): Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, Vice-Chair; Bobby T. Jones; Eric Boland; Wayne Tidwell; Derial Ogburn, and Chair Karen Eckford, signing the agreement. Absent were Board of Trustees members Steven Holliday and Susan Outen.

 

Board of Trustees Seeking Qualified Candidate

Members of the Board maintain an active role in healthcare in our community and in the coming years will oversee terms of the lease agreement with Capella Healthcare and the management of Karesh Long Term Care.
Board member applicant request.
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Done Deal!

Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health will become the new owners and operators of KershawHealth on October 1. The agreement involves a long-term lease of KershawHealth's real estate and improvements, an asset purchase agreement for the hospital's fixtures and equipment, and a management service agreement for Karesh Long Term Care.

 

Editorial - A Deal, Done

Although we've had our questions at times, we have said pretty much from the beginning we believe this is the best outcome for our soon-to-be former public hospital.

 

Reader Praises PT Group

The outpatient physical therapy group at KershawHealth does an excellent job of rehabilitating their patients...I commend them for making their customers/patients their top priority.

 

26th Annual Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament Coming

The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth will hold its 26th annual golf tournament on Thursday, September 10 at the Camden Country Club.

 

Board Holds Special Meeting Tonight

The special meeting could signal a finalization of the agreement with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health to take over KershawHealth's operations.

 

Monday is Deadline for KH/Capella Deal

Monday markes the expiration date for a letter of agreement between KershawHealth and Capella and MUSC Health. The Board of Trustees will review the finalized documents at its meeting on August 31. 

Capella to be Acquired by MPT

Capella has signed a definitive agreement with Medical Properties Trust, Inc. that will provide funding that will allow Capella to continue to build on its legacy of service to community hospitals and support long-term growth.

 

Hospital Deal Extended Again

Extension tied to a request from Capella to manage, but not purchase, Karesh Long Term Care. KershawHealth will continue with oversight and control of Karesh, while Capella will oversee day-to-day operations.

 

Editorial: The Karesh Wing

Delay in KershawHealth's deal with Capella provides good news for those who rely on Karesh Long Term Care.

 

New ED Partnership at KershawHealth

KershawHealth's Board of Trustees meeting Monday highlighted the new ED partnership with ApolloMD, a joint strategic planning process with Capella and MUSC Health, and a quality report.

 

Gunn: PricePoint Website Offers Guide to Hospital Pricing

Hospital pricing can be confusing and even cause sticker shock. That's why KershawHealth is participating in PricePoint, the South Carolina Hospital Association's new website. It's a great start to help South Carolinians understand healthcare prices and make better informed decisions about their own care.

 

Capella Letter of Intent Extended Again 

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' executive committee voted unanimously Thursday night to extend a letter of intent (LOI) concerning the pending takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare, of Franklin, TN, to July 31.

 

Capella CEO Speaks to KH Board, Local Leaders on Pending Transaction

Capella Healthcare President and CEO Mike Wiechart's report included due diligence findings, economic development initiatives, and the current status of contract negotiations, which include MUSC Health, the patient arm of the Medical University of South Carolina. 

 

KershawHealth Market Share Appears Healthy

KershawHealth appears to be firmly established as the hospital of choice for most Kershaw County residents, although there is still room for improvement, according to CEO Terry Gunn.

 

KershawHealth Negotiating New ER Services Contract

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees authorized CEO Terry Gunn to enter into negotiations and execute a potential Emergency Department professional services contract during its meeting Monday night.

 

Gunn: Journey to Nursing Excellence

Journey to Nursing Excellence initiative is a three-pronged approach encompassing shared governance, workforce development, and staff recognition.

 

KershawHealth Celebrates National Nurses Week

KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner.

 

KH, Capella Seeking Chief Quality Officer

When -- and all indications are it is a matter of when, not if -- Capella Healthcare completes its lease/purchase of KershawHealth, it will likely hire a position Kershaw County’s hospital has not had before: Chief Quality Officer (CQO).

 

KH Board Starts Process of Creating Capella Advisory Board

When Capella/MUSC Health deal is finalized, the current Board of Trustees will begin administering the trust created by lease agreement. The new advisory board will be made up of local physicians and community members, and will help create and approve policies.

 

Gunn: Joint Replacement Center Offers New Option

Collaborative effort results in significant benefits for those having total joint replacement surgery at KershawHealth, including a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

 

KershawHealth Board Hears Quality Report

Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom provided a "robust report" from the board's quality committee at the March 23 meeting.

 

KershawHealth Board Recognizes Napper for Service

KershawHealth's Board of Trustees recognized Paul Napper for his service at their March 23 meeting.

 

Tax Collection Helps KH Make $1.1M in February

KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February according to most recent financial data, and the Board of Trustees approved purchase of new ultrasound equipment.
 

Employee Engagement Drives Performance Improvement

Results of KershawHealth's most recent Gallup Q12 survey reflect advances in employee engagement and performance.

KH Offers County $2.6 M to take EMS

KershawHealth is offering to make a "one-time and final payment" of $2.636 million for Kershaw County to take over emergency medical services (EMS).

 

Gunn: LiveWell Kershaw

Partnerships are powerful, and I can think of few better examples than LiveWell Kershaw.

 

KershawHealth Begins to Feel Pinch from ACA Focus on Quality

KershawHealth will lose money in 2015 for a very specific reason: new quality performance standards which became effective last Jan. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.


Details of Capella/MUSC deal for KershawHealth revealed

$45 million is the price for a collaboration of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) patient care arm, known as MUSC Health, to take over KershawHealth.

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Again, KershawHealth is year's top story

After years of declaring a group or person of the year, I used this space a year ago to name KershawHealth the 2013 story of the year.

There is little doubt KershawHealth was, again, this year’s top story.

 

KCC approves negotiations for KershawHealth-Capella/MUSC deal

During a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council approved the KershawHealth Board of Trustees’ decision to draft a letter of intent concerning a deal between the county’s public healthcare system and a partnership comprised of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

 

Gunn: Partnership drives investment in health

You may have readabout the letter of intent to be agreed upon between KershawHealth and MUSCHealth/Capella Healthcare. This agreement is about more than simply the leasing of real estate and ownership of property. Ultimately, it is about an investmentof organizational and financial resources in this community and its healthcare
needs.

 

MUSC part of Capella proposal for KershawHealth; Form Midlands HealthONE Network; Hartsville's Carolina Pines to be first hospital

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is part of Capella Healthcare's recently proposed strategic partnership with KershawHealth. Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, is one of two for-profit healthcare companies which recently presented strategic partnership proposals to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees in separate executive sessions.


Chamber of Commerce President Resigns 

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.

KershawHealth core measures hit 100% again

In July, KershawHealth reported scoring 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row. Monday, KershawHealth Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom reported four of those core measures struck the 100 percent again for at least six months, ending in September. 


Who will own KershawHealth? Duke LifePoint, Capella to present 'partnership proposals'

One of two for-profit hospital companies may become KershawHealth's partner as the county's non-profit hospital seeks to offset current and future multi-million dollar losses.

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. As it does with any actual or potential public health emergency, KershawHealth has created policies and procedures for Ebola preparedness.

DiBiase agency donates to KershawHealth oncology

Larry DiBiase celebrated the 25th anniversary of his State Farm Insurance agency by holding a fundraising cook-out, complete with radio broadcast, games and door prizes at the agency's revamped offices on West DeKalb Street. All proceeds from the event -- $600 -- went to the KershawHealth Foundation to benefit oncology services at KershawHealth.

  

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