Diabetes - What You Need To Know
If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes. And one in four of those are unaware that they have it. With November recognized as American Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.
What is it?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes blood sugar levels to rise abnormally high. Our bodies break down the food we eat into glucose – or sugar – so it can be used for energy. A hormone called insulin helps get that glucose into our cells for energy. When our bodies’ ability to make or use insulin is compromised, too much blood sugar remains in the bloodstream. This can lead to serious complications, including heart and kidney disease, vision loss, hearing loss, nerve damage and stroke.
“Diabetes can seriously impact your health and quality of life, so it’s critical that we understand this condition and get proper and timely treatment for it,” says Cynthia Wilberding, MD Internal Medicine Physician with Sentinel Health Partners.
The three types
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Gestational diabetes only occurs in females and results from pregnancy affecting the body’s ability to produce enough insulin. It typically goes away after giving birth, but it can increase you and your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.
- Type 1 results when your body stops making insulin altogether. Symptoms develop quickly, and those with this type take insulin every day. Risk factors for Type 1 include family history and age, as the condition is primarily found in children, teens and young adults. There is currently no known way to prevent this type.
- Type 2 occurs when your body has difficulty maintaining normal blood sugar levels due to an inability to use insulin properly. Ninety percent of diabetes sufferers have Type 2. Risk factors include: prediabetes, being overweight, being 45 and older, having an immediate family history of Type 2, a lack of regular physical activity, having gestational diabetes in your medical history or having given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds, and being African-American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian-Americans are also at higher risk).
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Frequent urination, often at night
- Being very thirsty and/or hungry
- Losing weight without trying
- Blurry vision
- Numb or tingling hands or feet
- Very dry skin
- Sores that are slow to heal
- More infections than usual
- Nausea, vomiting and stomach pains (type 1)
When symptoms appear depends on the type of diabetes in question. Because of their tricky nature, it’s important to discuss your risk factors with a healthcare provider and ask if getting tested is right for you.
“A simple blood sugar test can determine whether or not you have diabetes,” says Dr. Wilberding. “If you do, your provider can work with you to create a treatment plan and suggest positive lifestyle changes to help protect your long-term health.”
While not a specific type of diabetes, prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are too high, but not high enough to classify as type 2. According to the CDC, more than one in three American adults have prediabetes, and 90 percent don’t know they have it. A blood sugar test can determine whether you have prediabetes. Changing your lifestyle to incorporate regular physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss (if you are overweight) can help prevent prediabetes from turning into Type 2.
To learn more about diabetes, visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes and www.diabetes.org. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk or suffering from diabetes, KershawHealth can help. Visit the Find a Doctor/Provider tab at KershawHealth.org to get connected to the right care.
Sentinel Health Partners joins KershawHealth
For Release: October 2, 2019
CAMDEN, SC – KershawHealth is pleased to announce the addition of Sentinel Health Partners to its network of physician practices and providers. With offices located in Camden, Lugoff, Kershaw and Elgin, Sentinel Health Partners adds 13 locally established physicians, 2 physician assistants and 6 nurse practitioners to KershawHealth’s exceptional team of primary and specialty healthcare providers.
“When addressing the needs of your community, you want to build a team of healthcare providers with high quality talent, compassionate care and close community ties,” says Sue Shugart, Chief Executive Officer at KershawHealth. “The team at Sentinel Health Partners bring all of these qualities and more to this partnership and we are thrilled to have them join our effort in Making Communities Healthier.”
Sentinel Health Partners is known for their quality and commitment to patient care. Working together, KershawHealth and Sentinel Health Partners are positioned to improve access and provide the highest quality of care to all the residents of Kershaw County – from the young to the young at heart.
Sentinel Health Partners offices are located at the following addresses:
- Camden – 1344 Haile Street, Camden, SC 29020, 803.432.8426
1800 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020, 803.432.6186
615 Laurens Street, Camden, SC 29020, 803.432.9874
- Lugoff – 710 Dewitt Drive, Lugoff, SC 29078, 803.438.7566
- Kershaw – 216 E. Marion Street, Kershaw, SC, 29067, 803.475.3475
- Elgin – 2689 Highway 1 South, Elgin, SC, 29045, 803.432.8426
About KERSHAWHEALTH: Founded in 1913 as Camden Hospital, KershawHealth is a full-service healthcare system proudly serving its community members in Kershaw county and the surrounding areas. A part of LifePoint Health, KershawHealth consist of facilities in Camden, Elgin, Lugoff, Bethune and Kershaw, including a 119-bed Medical Center and a 20-bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit in Camden, Outpatient Center and Urgent Care in Elgin, Sleep Diagnostics Center, and Physical Therapy ready to care for you. KershawHealth employs more than 700 dedicated staff. For more information, visit www.KershawHealth.org.
Two Is Better Than One: KershawHealth Expands Athletic Training Program with Camden High and North Central High.
Sue Shugart Appointed CEO of KershawHealth
Seasoned healthcare executive assumes hospital’s top leadership role
(Camden, South Carolina – August 13, 2019) – KershawHealth announced today that Sue Shugart has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital, effective immediately. Shugart has been serving as interim CEO of KershawHealth since April, following the departure of the hospital’s former CEO Terry Gunn. Gunn is now market CEO of Providence Health, another LifePoint Health facility in Columbia, South Carolina, and KershawHealth. Shugart will report directly to Gunn in her role as CEO.
“Since stepping into the interim leadership role, Sue has demonstrated a strong commitment to our mission of Making Communities Healthier, a passion for enhancing quality care and patient safety, and the ability to cultivate positive relationships both within and beyond the hospital’s walls,” said Jamie Carter, president of LifePoint Health’s Eastern Division, of which KershawHealth is a part. “It quickly became clear that Sue was the ideal leader to take the reins of KershawHealth on a permanent basis, and we look forward to an even brighter future ahead for the hospital under her leadership.”
Shugart previously served as chief operating officer (COO) of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina, and as interim CEO of Saline Health System in Benton, Arkansas – both of which are LifePoint facilities. She has held numerous other hospital leadership roles throughout her career, including serving as chief administrative officer of Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, South Carolina, and as COO for Clarendon Health System in Manning, South Carolina.
“Sue has already been a tremendous asset to Kershaw Health,” said Roy Fakoury, chair of the hospital's Board of Trustees. “She firmly believes in our mission and will be instrumental in taking the hospital to new heights in the years ahead. We are thrilled to officially welcome Sue to the KershawHealth family.”
Shugart earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and a master’s degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a Class of 2000 graduate of Leadership South Carolina.
Additionally, Shugart is board-certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served on the national Council of Regents representing South Carolina from 2014-2017. She is also a past president of the South Carolina Chapter of ACHE.
“I am excited to continue working with the KershawHealth team in improving the health and well-being of the Camden community and surrounding areas,” said Shugart. “I consider it a great privilege to help the hospital continue its legacy of providing high quality care close to home and look forward to further contributing to the excellent work already happening here.”
Founded in 1913 as Camden Hospital, KershawHealth is a full-service healthcare system proudly serving its community members in Kershaw county and the surrounding areas. A part of LifePoint Health, KershawHealth consist of facilities in Camden, Elgin, Lugoff, Bethune and Kershaw, including a 119-bed Medical Center and a 20-bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit in Camden, Outpatient Center and Urgent Care in Elgin, Sleep Diagnostics Center, and Physical Therapy ready to care for you. KershawHealth employs more than 700 dedicated staff. For more information, visit www.KershawHealth.org.
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KershawHealth focuses on safety always - every patient - every time.
Home Care Services of KershawHealth was recently recognized by CMS with a Five Star Rating for Patient Satisfaction.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 today announced the successful implementation of the most advanced critical care telemedicine program available in hospital intensive care units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Today, KershawHealth, MUSC Health, and Capella Healthcare announced the signing of a definitive agreement finalizing an affiliation among the three organizations.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth will hold its 26th annual golf tournament on Thursday, September 10 at the Camden Country Club.
The special meeting could signal a finalization of the agreement with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health to take over KershawHealth's operations.
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 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.
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.
Delay in KershawHealth's deal with Capella provides good news for those who rely on Karesh Long Term Care.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Journey to Nursing Excellence initiative is a three-pronged approach encompassing shared governance, workforce development, and staff recognition.
KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner.
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).
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.
Collaborative effort results in significant benefits for those having total joint replacement surgery at KershawHealth, including a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom provided a "robust report" from the board's quality committee at the March 23 meeting.
KershawHealth's Board of Trustees recognized Paul Napper for his service at their March 23 meeting.
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.
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).
Partnerships are powerful, and I can think of few better examples than LiveWell Kershaw.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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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