At a special called meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 18, members of the Kershaw County Legislative Delegation, Kershaw County Council, and Camden City Council received an update from Capella Healthcare President and CEO Michael Wiechart regarding the Capella/MUSC Health transaction.
During his remarks in the session, Wiechart said the most important outcome of the coming partnership between KershawHealth and Capella/MUSC Health will be expanded local care and seamless access to advanced care, and that the current opportunity is founded on the value of local hospitals like KershawHealth to their individual communities.
“Our focus will continue to be on the local hospital and on its affiliation with MUSC Health. What people in this community care most about is having access to outstanding care close to home and on the compassion of their caregivers. That’s our priority, as well.”
Wiechart noted the KershawHealth Board of Trustees recognized the fundamental changes occurring in the healthcare industry and the need to move forward in seeking a partnership that would strengthen the local hospital while ensuring it could deliver the requisite quality outcomes and cost-effective care demanded by those changes. Capella’s collaboration with MUSC Health takes advantage of both organizations’ strengths – MUSC’s academic expertise, clinical excellence, and commitment to education; and Capella’s proven expertise in managing community-based hospitals.
The importance of KershawHealth to the community has been clearly evident throughout the due diligence period, Wiechart said. The support offered by members of County Council, City Council, and the legislative delegation, as well as by community members at large has been invaluable to the ongoing success of the transaction. Successful collaboration between the hospital, the Board of Trustees, and these stakeholders further demonstrated everyone’s commitment to a successful transition and to ensuring the hospital’s future.
Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, TN and MUSC Health formed the regionally-based, clinically-integrated Capella-MUSC Health Network (initially called Midlands HealthONE Network) last November. Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville became the first affiliate, with its acquisition by Capella on January 1. KershawHealth will become the second member of the network this summer.
During its closed executive session, the Board of Trustees, along with members of Kershaw County Council, Camden City Council, and the Kershaw County Legislative Delegation received an update from Capella CEO Mike Wiechart regarding the Capella/MUSC Health transaction, including due diligence findings, economic development initiatives, and the current state of contract negotiations.