Friday, August 16 2013 8:19 AM EDT2013-08-16 12:19:33 GMT
CAMDEN, SC (WIS) – The only acute care hospital in Kershaw County is having a hard time paying its bills. Kershaw Health has lost more than $1.6 million in the last two months, and in April received aMore >>
The only acute care hospital in Kershaw County is having a hard time paying its bills. Kershaw Health has lost more than $1.6 million in the last two months, and in April received a $300,000 tax payer bailout for its ambulance service. Hospital records show patient admissions, the main source of hospital revenues, are down in every category when compared to last year.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -
The KershawHealth Foundation has turned over to WIS an agreement between its outgoing hospital Chief Executive Officer and the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The agreement, signed on August 8, shows a one-time payment due to CEO Donnie Weeks on Jan. 3, 2014; Weeks' last day with the hospital.
The agreement, signed by hospital board chairman Paul Napper and Weeks, states Weeks is "retiring in good standing" from the hospital. The agreement was voted on by the hospital board after an hour long executive session on August 1.
The agreement also shows the hospital board paid Barnwell attorney, Terry E. Richardson, $5,000 in "legal services" to put together the six-page "Transition Agreement and Release."
The agreement shows Weeks' last day is Jan. 3, 2014, but a clause in the agreement allows Weeks to not report to work any longer after a new CEO is hired. The hospital board voted last Thursday to hire Weeks' second in charge, Michael Bunch. Bunch is working under a two-year contract. The agreement requires Weeks to provide consultation to the hospital, even though Bunch has taken over.
The hospital board also agreed to continue to pay Weeks through Jan. 3, 2014, even though he is no longer working as the CEO, according to the contract. KershawHealth has required Weeks to be available "as needed" for consultation by "phone or email" through June 1, 2014, according to the agreement. The hospital may hire weeks as a consultant in the future, as the agreement states, "Nothing in this agreement shall prevent the hospital from entering into a formal, paid consulting agreement with Mr. Weeks."
The agreement also requires Donnie Weeks to pay the full amount of his insurance premium costs "of any continuation insurance coverage for which Mr. Weeks is eligible under ‘COBRA,'" the agreement states.
SECRECY CLAUSE IN WEEKS SEPARATION AGREEMENT
The agreement between Donnie Weeks and KershawHealth requires both sides to keep the contract and the terms of the agreement secret. Page five of the agreement states, "Mr. Weeks and the Hospital expressly agree not to disclose the existence or the terms of this Transition Agreement and Release to any person or entity, other than Mr. Weeks' spouse, immediate family members, attorney or accountant."
The section also includes the line, "…except as may be required by law." That refers to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, which is the legal filing WIS had to undertake to obtain a copy of this agreement from The KershawHealth Foundation. Since KershawHealth accepts and spends tax dollars and the fact that its board is appointed by the Kershaw County council, the hospital's records are deemed public and its governing body is considered a public.
WEEKS' ORIGINAL CONTRACT INCLUDED INSURANCE, RETIREMENT, CAR ALLOWANCE
During our investigation into KershawHealth's spending, we obtained a copy of Donnie Weeks' employment contract through the state's Freedom of Information Act. The contract the hospital turned over to WIS was signed in September 2008 by former board chairman Jay Green and Weeks. We attempted to interview Green for our report, but Green never set up a time to meet with him.
Weeks could earn a bonus the contract called "Incentive Compensation," which allowed Weeks to earn up to 40 percent of his $332,994 base salary. Weeks earned $285,838 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012, records we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show. While KershawHealth was cutting staff in 2011, Weeks' personnel file shows he received a bonus of $96,219 that year. The records we have show Weeks' latest bonus was paid to him on Dec. 23, 2013 in the amount of $71,239.
KershawHealth paid the full cost of a $660,000 life insurance policy for Weeks, his contract shows. The policy could be more as the contract states $660,000 was the minimum, "Such insurance may be in one policy or combination of policies that equal at least the amount set forth herein," the contract states.
KershawHealth also gave Weeks a "Vehicle Allowance" of up to $600 each month or $7,200 a year.
A Dec. 6, 2010 amendment to Weeks' contract shows the hospital agreed to pay $9,500 each month into Weeks' "Kershaw County Medical Center Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan." The only requirement Weeks had to meet to receive the retirement payment was to remain employed by the hospital, according to the contract. The hospital called the $9,500 a month benefit the "Additional Monthly Credit."
KershawHealth owed Weeks $560,500 under the "Additional Monthly Credit," had Weeks continued working for the hospital through September 2015, according to the contract. Weeks agreed to leave the hospital on Jan. 3, 2014, which would bring his retirement payment benefit under the plan with KershawHealth to $361,000.
We have asked board chairman Paul Napper for an interview regarding Donnie Weeks' retirement agreement. As of this report, Mr. Napper has not returned our call.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>