Hear Sue Shugart, CEO of KershawHealth, Camden, SC discuss caring for COVID patients, PPE preservation, and resuming care

Dr. John Young talks to Sue Shugart, CEO of KershawHealth in Camden, South Carolina. KershawHealth was the first LifePoint Health facility to identify and treat a COVID-19 patient. Sue talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the patients and staff, the necessary response to the disease, and how KershawHealth will prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19. This is an episode about managing PPE while caring for patients, the overwhelming community support in Kershaw County, the importance of staying present during challenging times, and so much more.


  • 1:31 – Impact of being first LifePoint Health facility with COVID-19 case
  • 3:58 – PPE management moving forward
  • 6:10 – Easing fears in patients during reopening
  • 9:45 – Dangers in waiting to receive care
  • 11:17 – Support strategies for front line staff
  • 17:16 – Supporting front line staff during loss
  • 19:25 – Value and usage of federal programs
  • 21:45 – Preparing for second wave
  • 25:20 – Proudest moment

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Sue Shugart, CEO at KershawHealth

Sue Shugart, FACHE, serves as interim Chief Executive Officer at KershawHealth. She came to Camden in April after having served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC, since March 2015. From July-November 2018, she served as interim Chief Executive Officer for Saline Health System in Benton, AR. Sue has worked in hospital leadership roles for 23 years, having previously served as Chief Administrative Officer at Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, SC, and as Chief Operating Officer for Clarendon Health System in Manning, SC. Her hospitals have provided her experience in public not-for-profit, private not-for-profit and investor-owned systems. Sue earned her bachelor’s degree from Furman University (Greenville, SC) and her master’s degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC). She is a Class of 2000 graduate of Leadership South Carolina.

Sue is board-certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the national Council of Regents as Regent representing South Carolina from 2014-2017. She is also a past president of the South Carolina Chapter of ACHE. In 2018 she received South Carolina ACHE’s Outstanding Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award and ACHE’s Exemplary Service Award.

Sue is married to COL (retired) Steve Shugart, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.

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